Colleagues at the Centre for International and Security Studies at York University in Canada have announced a call for papers for the third annual Popular Culture and World Politics Conference (PCWP). Previous events have been hosted by Politics at Bristol University (2008) and Politics at Newcastle University (2009). Both both were fantastic.
Given that a fair number of this blog's readers are artists and/or cultural producers, please note that we--that is academics studying world politics and popular culture--are particularly interested in finding out from you how political commitments--very broadly defined--may or may not influence the medium and messages of your work. Thus, I'd like to emphasize that PCWP III is really interested in 'receiving proposals for the performance, presentation, screening or display of cultural works which seek to produce a (world) politics in their practice.' And I promise, we don't bite!
Anyhow, please see the call for papers below or click on the original link here.
Call for Papers:
Popular Culture and World Politics (PCWP III)
04-05 November 2010
York University, Toronto, Canada
There is a growing movement in and around the study of international politics to think about the intersections of world politics and the production, circulation, content and consumption of various popular cultural forms. This burgeoning scholarship has reached a point in which it is possible to move well beyond the important initial forays that emphasised the content of cultural forms-as-text, seeking metaphorical connections between the cultural and the political, to explore the interwoven possibilities and limits of the cultural and political.
The York Centre for International and Security Studies is pleased to invite you to Popular Culture and World Politics III, to be held in Toronto 4-5 November 2010. Following two successful events, hosted by the University of Bristol in 2008 and the University of Newcastle in 2009, Popular Culture and World Politics III seeks to continue the growing conversation on the intersections of various forms of popular culture and the study of world politics, from a range of disciplines and practices in the social sciences, humanities and the arts.
We welcome proposals for performances, screenings, panels, or individual papers, on any aspect of world politics and popular culture. In particular, we seek proposals which address any of the following themes or issues:
- ‘Doing’ popular culture and world politics: methods, practices and approaches
- Popular security: exploring the intersections of popular culture and global security.
- Using popular culture to span the disciplines: with a range of disciplines looking at both popular culture and issues of world politics, how can the study of pop culture and world politic work to foster inter-disciplinary conversations?
- ‘Making’ popular culture and world politics: what is the politics that is emerging at the intersection of popular cultural production, the culture industries, and governance?
- Outside the West: exploring the intersections of non-Western popular culture(s) and non-Western-centric world politics.
- Is anybody watching? The problem of audience in the study of popular culture
- Performing International Politics: rather than students of world politics reading popular culture how are the producers of cultural forms making their politics? We are particularly interested in receiving proposals for the performance, presentation, screening or display of cultural works which seek to produce a (world) politics in their practice.
If you are interested in attending the conference please Click here and submit a brief abstract of your paper (no more than 250 words) before 2 April 2010.
I hope to see many of you there!
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