Call for Papers
Conference on Dress, Popular Culture, and Social Action in Africa
Organized as part of the Program for African Studies Sixty Year Anniversary at Northwestern University, March 13-14, 2009 by Professors Karen Tranberg Hansen (Anthropology) and D. Soyini Madison (Performance Studies).
How does dress in particular and popular culture in general constitute and inspire social action? The dressed body readily becomes a flash point of conflicting values, fueling contests in historical encounters, in interactions across class, between genders and generations, and in recent global cultural, and economic exchanges. Popular culture as mass circulations of expressive forms rising from day-to-day discourse and action becomes the real and imagined reflections of the complicity and contestation, the desire and discontent, of power and its machinations. This interdisciplinary conference focuses on the dynamic range of micro and macro social action and how it is generated, sustained, and may culminate into transnational social movements that are enlivened by dress and popular culture. This two-day event will involve established and up-and-coming scholars (with a preference for graduate students) in small panel presentations, visual, and performance events. Abstracts of 250 words are due by December 1, 2008. Please contact conference assistant, Andrea Seligman, with questions or submissions at AndreaSeligman2012@u.northwestern.edu.
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