At the Albuquerque meeting of PCA/ACA, 13-17 February, 2002.
The panel "Western Perception of East-European Identities" accepts papers treating any aspect of popular culture and academic thought about the construction of East-European identities in the western mind.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
East-European representations in literature and popular culture: how does the west perceive and "assign" identities to the East-European nations.
Western stereotypes of Eastern Europe both historically and in the light of recent political events: what mechanism(s) enable the west to create ideas and construct stereotypes which, reflected back, have the ability to reshape reality.
Problematic ethnicities: modern theories of what constitutes a nation. Which elements (social, political, historical, cultural etc.) define a modern nation? When does a cultural community become a separate ethnicity?
Those interested in presenting a paper should send a 500-word paper proposal by e-mail no later than December 12, 2001. You should also include a brief biographical sketch.
Details about this meeting of the Popular Culture Association and the
American Culture Association are available on the web site where infomation about travel, registration, and other matters are in abundance:
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