Join us for the 36th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, February 11 – 14, 2015 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference theme this year is “Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture.” The Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of stardom or fandom.
Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2014. (Please see below)
Any and all topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:
The reciprocal relationship between stars and fans
Impact of celebrity and fame on identity construction, reconstruction and sense of self
Reality television and the changing definition of ‘stardom’
The impact of social media on celebrity/fan interaction
Children and stardom (Little Rascals to Toddlers and Tiaras)
Celebrity/fame addiction as cultural change
The intersection of stardom and fandom in virtual and physical spaces
Celebrity and the construction of persona
Pedagogical approaches to teaching stardom and fandom
Straddling the stardom/fandom line: big name fans, bloggers and aca-fans
Anti-fans and ‘haters’
Gendered constructions of stars and fans
Studies of individual celebrities and their fans
Studies focused on specific fandoms
Historical studies of fandom and fan/celebrity interaction
The list of ideas is limited, so if you have an idea that is not listed, please suggest the new topic. We encourage submissions from multiple perspectives and disciplines.
Please remember that there are monetary awards for the best graduate student papers – we encourage you to apply! Papers in the Stardom and Fandom area could qualify for several awards, including the Diana Cox Award for best paper on images of women in popular culture, Euro Pop Award for best presentation on European popular culture, Peter C. Rollins Award for best paper dealing with a popular culture issue, Richard Tuerk Science Fiction and Fantasy Award for outstanding essay related to science fiction and fantasy, and the Post Script Award in film studies. You can see the full list at: http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/
Also please visit http://journaldialogue.org for information about the organization's new, peer-reviewed journal, “Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy."
Deadline for proposal submissions: November 1, 2014. Earlier proposals are welcomed and will be responded to with all due haste.
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Register early for discounted conference registration and hotel rates, and to reserve space at the conference hotel as discounted rooms fill quickly. For more details on the conference, please visit the Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association: www.southwestpca.org.
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