Call for Proposals
Working Title: Mediating Fatherhood: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture
We invite proposals for a collection of essays on fathers and media in the United States. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding changing conceptions of fathers within popular culture.
In the twenty-first century, we are witnessing a shift in how fatherhood is represented in society. While birth was once a key rite of passage to mark the entrance to fatherhood, today, fathers are becoming involved earlier in the process through advertising and marketing geared towards the dad-to-be. Fathers, once presented as bumbling fools in domestic roles, are now expected to take a participatory role in parenting. Within media, however, there are still contradictory messages being sent about what should be the role of fathers. Some representation focuses on limited notions of the fatherhood, such as the breadwinner function while others are re-shaping notions of masculinity and paternity. A range of media, such as blogs, gaming, network and cable television, film, and advertising all provide opportunities for a variety of complex and ambiguous representations of fathers. This collection will explore changing and contradictory notions of what it means to be a father today as represented and told through popular culture.
Essays may explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• The “Baby Daddy” in popular media
• The changing representation of the stay-at-home dad
• Fathers and blogging
• Advertising and marketing of fatherhood
• Film and television representations of gay dads
• Connections between race, class, and conceptions of paternity
• Cross-cultural analysis of fathers in the US as compared to other countries
• Changing notion of masculinity and fatherhood across media
• The relationship between feminism and fatherhood
• Depictions in news media of father’s rights movements
• Representation of fathers in children’s literature
• Fatherhood within reality television, talk shows, children’s and tween television, video games, and film
Please submit proposals of 300-500 words with a brief biographical statement and contact information via email attachment to Janice Kelly, Associate Professor, Molloy College and to Laura Tropp, Professor & Chair, Communication Arts Department at Marymount Manhattan College. Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than January 1st 2014. Completed essays accepted for publication will be due by June 15th , 2014.
Laura Tropp, Ph.D.
Marymount Manhattan College
221 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
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