Possible ASA 2004 Panel - CFP: Popular Culture in the Age of 9/11
American Studies Association Annual Meeting
November 11-14, 2004
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the creation of the Homeland Security Agency and passage of The Patriot Act, as well as the second war in Iraq all spawned ongoing debates in political and academic circles. The realm of popular culture, certainly no stranger to controversy, has met with increased criticism in the wake of 9/11. Where music is concerned, hip-hop group Coup and heavy metal group Dream Theater both had their CD covers pulled for depicting images reminiscent of the attacks. Films such as Independence Day and The Siege were criticized for having foreshadowed the attacks while Collateral Damage and The Sum of All Fears faced pressure to alter their release dates in light of their subject matter. Some television programs dealt with the possibility of terrorist attacks directly (24 and The West Wing) while others foreshadowed the civil liberty conundrums we currently face (Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). Hundreds, if not thousands of books have been published outlining various aspects of the attacks and their aftermath including at least two comic books – Heroes published by Marvel and 9-11: Artists Respond published by DC Comics.
This panel seeks papers that critique popular culture forms such as film, television, music, and/or literature which foreshadow, comment on, or have been affected by 9/11 and its aftermath. Please send a one-page abstract of your paper and a one-page vitae by January 12, 2004, via post or via email.
Department of American Culture Studies
Bowling Green State University
100 East Hall
Bowling Green, OH 43402 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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