The Women's Studies section of MAPACA seeks papers, panels and roundtables that investigate and discuss any of the many overlaps between gender and popular culture.
Topics for this area include, but certainly are not limited to: women and the media * women and law (such as recent developments in intersectionality theory as it intersects with popular culture) * women and politics (such as past or current women in the space of the White House can be examined; i.e., Michelle Obama’s legacy as professional, mother, and first lady) * women and popularized normative reproductive values (for instance, recent HPV vaccination campaigns) * women and body or beauty norms * women and advertisements * women and sensationalized domestic violence * portrayals of motherhood * working women * women and religion * women writers, written women
Additionally, we are seeking special panels on black feminism and black female neo-soul musicians such as Jill Scott, panels dealing with the political and theoretical uses of poetry, especially spoken word, that promote feminism, panels dealing with the recent White House report on Women, and panels dealing with the ways in which Women’s Studies professors make use of popular culture within their pedagogies.
MAPACA supports all approaches; one goal of this conference is to create interdisciplinary exchange, and the Women's Studies area therefore seeks papers by scholars from all fields of study. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, are encouraged to apply. Please submit 250 word abstracts by June 15, 2012
Khadijah O. Miller, PhD
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
fax: 757-823-8602 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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