Call for Papers/Proposals for the Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture Area of the 29th Annual Meeting of the SW/TX PCA/ACA – Theme: Initiation
February 13–16, 2008
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2007
This year's area theme is Initiation, interpreted as narrowly or broadly as preferred. Children and young adults face multiple rites of passage in widely ranging ways: physical, intellectual, cognitive, spiritual, metaphorical, symbolic, psychological, and philosophical. How do the literature and culture productions aimed at the children's and young adult audience represent, reflect, aid in understanding, and influence these "initiation" stages and rites of passage? There is a multitude of ways this theme can be interpreted, as well as a multitude of ways Children's/YA culture can be interpreted, including, but not limited to traditional literature, graphic novels, comic books, periodicals, television, film, music (songs and videos), toys, fashion, web sites, blogs, and advertisement.
Please send 250 word paper proposals, or 500 word panel proposals, including full contact info for all participants for review to area chair by deadline of November 15, 2007. Please include a short (100 word) bio listing previous and current research activities, but no full CVs needed.
E-mail submissions preferred:
Dr. Diana Dominguez
Please put SWPCA Submission in e-mail subject line.
Interdisciplinary approaches and all scholarly fields are welcome. Also, as this is a popular culture conference, presentations that depart from traditional reading of papers are highly encouraged and welcomed. Presenters also need not have a university affiliation; we embrace all forms of experiential knowledge potential presenters might offer. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.
Please see the Conference web site for information on Graduate Student Paper Awards, as well as two Graduate Student Travel Fellowships.
For further details regarding the conference, including Graduate Student Paper Awards (listing of all areas, hotel, registration, tours, etc.) please visit the conference website:
Full contact details:
Dr. Diana Dominguez
Dept. of English & Communication
U. of Texas-Brownsville/Texas Southmost College
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520
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