Celtic Popular Culture Conference
October 12, 2002
The Center for Celtic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
invites papers for a one-day conference on the theme of the Celtic
influences on popular culture. The conference will be a wide-ranging examination of everyday life of Celtic societies, past and present. This conference is designed to bring together the academic and the lay scholar in an exploration of the ways in which a cultural groupšs expression of quotidian experience survives and thrives through changing times, politics and geographies. What are the links between popular culture and history, politics, economics, language, and psy-chology in the Celtic regions and those countries influenced by them?
The conference will address such questions as how do Celtic traditions
survive and percolate through to the present? In what ways do the cultures of Celtic societies differ between and within each other? In a globalizing world, what is the relevance of maintaining notions of Celtic identity? How has Celtic popular culture been transformed in its encounters with other, often radically different societies, both in America and elsewhere? What does the future of Celtic Studies hold?
We invite papers from scholars and practitioners in all disciplines who are interested in exploring and discussing the above-mentioned themes. Work is especially invited from graduate students and independent scholars. Paper topics could include but are not limited to the following areas: film, sport, food, clothing, books, music, dance, language, television, painting and advertising. All papers will be considered for publication in ekeltoi, the electronic journal of the Center for Celtic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The featured keynote speaker is Lawrence McCaffrey. The event will be held at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in Milwaukee and will include lively musical and artistic performances. Registration is $25.
Send brief abstracts 300 words or less) and biographical information by August 21, 2002, electronically only, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
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