The “Tarot and Other Methods of Divination” area at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference (Indianapolis 28-31 March 2018) is open to proposals for papers on a diverse range of divination methods: astrology, I Ching, runes, tarot, etc. Approaches may include the biographical, historical, and theoretical, as well as the analysis of professional practice and of representations in literature (poetry, prose, drama), visual art (painting, sculpture, tarot cards, comics, graphic novels), film, television, games, etc.
In addition, I am looking for participants in the following 2018 sessions:
- Divination Themes in Literature. Note: Authors of papers that specifically address divination themes in mythopoeic literature are invited to submit their work to Mythlore.
- "Spirit Communication: Facets and Fictions" Session participants are invited to share their research on tools and representations of tools in the arts (visual, literature, film, comics, etc.) that are used to facilitate communication with the spirit world for magical purposes, for contact with or information about the deceased, or other purposes. Such tools may be modern or historical and may include, but are not limited to, crystal balls, Ouija boards, pendulums, planchettes, mechanical devices, etc. Research focused on the materiality of three-dimensional tools and their functional and ritual operations in relation to the spirit realm is particularly welcome. Session proposal and chair: Cynthia Hogan, PhD, Ithaca College.
All conference participants should be prepared to present their work as scholarly research and/or for the benefit of an interested audience of academics.
Abstracts and proposals due no later than Oct. 1, 2017.
Submissions should be made online at the conference website and should include your CV, short biography (100-150 words), and abstract (100-250 words).
The conference website is comprehensive and provides answers for most questions related to conference participation. I have also posted a frequently-asked-questions page on my website with additional recommendations pertinent to the area. Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions or would like to discuss your presentation.
Emily E. Auger, PhD
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