The 2017 English Graduate Organization (EGO) Interdisciplinary Conference is in collaboration with Popular Culture Methodologies (PCM), a new graduate organization in IUP’s English Department. The conference theme is “Cultural Shifts” in Popular Culture. Cultural shifts modify a society through development, invention, discovery, resistance, and revolution. History reveals that such activities energize creative and critical responses as well as changes in disciplinary curricula. This year’s EGO/PCM Conference creates an inter- and trans-disciplinary space to share diverse perspectives on the ways cultural shifts affect, and are affected by, representations in Popular Culture.
We invite presentations exploring a wide range of topics in contemporary Popular Culture Studies that address representations of cultural shifts on global, national, statewide, regional, or individual subject scales. Essential questions include: What cultural shifts affect creativity in Popular Culture? How do such shifts influence creativity, scholarship, and/or pedagogy in the late-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries? Where is Popular Culture useful within academia? And, what influences has Popular Culture had on the world?
A list of potential topics in Popular Culture Studies follows, and intersections of topics are welcome and encouraged:
Borders and Connectivity
Cell Phone Culture
Content Management Systems
Critical Race Studies
Ecocriticism & Sustainability Studies
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Film and Media Studies
History of Popular Culture
Internet Culture & History
Literary and Art Histories
Video Game Studies
Submitted critical projects should participate in ongoing studies in Popular Culture and contribute to examinations of cultural shifts within historical, scientific, mathematical, literary, compositional, pedagogical, digital, and/or business/administrative studies.
The conference will take place on IUP’s campus in the Humanities and Social Sciences building, from February 24th-25th.
This is an interdisciplinary conference, meaning all scholars from all disciplines are invited to
submit abstracts for review.
For a submission to be considered, it must include the following materials:
- a 250-300 word abstract addressed to EGO/PCM, the Conference Organizers
- A brief list of the author(s), the type of presentation (paper, poster, roundtable, panel, movie project, etc.), institutional affiliation, discipline, and contact information.
Please submit all proposals and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attach submissions as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.
The extended deadline to submit a proposal is January 12, 2017.
We look forward to seeing you this Spring.
IUP English Graduate Organization President