This is a call for papers about places where Eastern Europeans went to get away from the everyday routines of work, home, and school during the Cold War era. Museums, music venues, pubs, sports centers, tourist destinations, and houses of culture are some of the places that can be explored. What did these places look like? Who built and managed them, and for what end? Who visited them, how often, and why? One conceptual question tying the papers together could be whether these places were ever purely sites of fun or entertainment, as opposed to spaces politicized in some way. Another could be whether fun places gave Eastern Europeans opportunities to act privately while out in public. The organizers hope that the panel topics will represent a diversity of Eastern European countries and peoples, and be interdisciplinary.
The panel will meet at the National Popular Culture & American Culture Association’s Joint Conference, March 19-22, 2008 at the San Francisco Mariott in San Francisco, California. For more information on the conference, visit the website at http://pcaaca.org/conference/2008/index.php.
Proposals should be approximately 200-250 words in length.
Please include with them your preferred mailing address, telephone number, and email address, and mention of any audio/visual necessities for your presentation.
All proposals should be emailed (word or rtf) to Cate Giustino – firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for receiving the proposals is October 10, 2007.
Questions about this panel can be directed to Cate Giustino (email@example.com). Questions about other panels on Eastern Europe to be held at the PCAACA meeting in San Francisco can be sent to Jeff Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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