2017 English Graduate Organization (EGO) Interdisciplinary Conference - Deadline Extended

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Call for Papers
February 25, 2017
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Graduate Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Popular Culture Studies, Literature



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:




The Avant-Garde

Borders and Connectivity


Cell Phone Culture

Comics/Graphic Novels

Content Management Systems


Critical Race Studies

Digital Archives

Digital Representations


Ecocriticism & Sustainability Studies

Fantasy and Science Fiction

Feminist Studies

Film and Media Studies

Gender Studies

History of Popular Culture

Internet Culture & History


Literary and Art Histories




Queer Theory


Sexuality Studies

Social Media

Video Game Studies

Visual Arts



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 egopcmconference2017@gmail.com. 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.


Contact Info: 

Carl Sell

IUP English Graduate Organization President