2015 Call for Papers 

Cultural Landscapes and Critical Possibilities: Perspectives on the Local & Global
The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies
February 13-15, 2015
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio

“The critical point is that both sides of the coin of global cultural process today are products of the infinitely varied mutual contest of sameness and difference on a stage characterized by radical disjunctures between different sorts of global flows and the uncertain landscapes created in and through these disjunctures” – Arjun Appadurai, “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy”
Inspired by activism which is both powered by and influences new uses of technology, this year’s Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies seeks to engage discussions on the linkages between the local and global, as well as material and digital spaces. Recent scholarship that examines how social relationships, experiences and innovations exist in a complex global system provides models for critical interventions into the power structures that order these connected spaces. Analyses of these networks elucidate the tensions that build and re-order the dynamics of global production, migration and ideology. With these emerging social modalities in mind, this year’s Ray Browne Conference draws from Arjun Appadurai’s innovative scholarship on global cultural flows to create a diverse dialogue centered on formations of the spatial, temporal and digital realms that pervade our everyday lives.

Building this year’s conference theme around the five global ‘scapes’ that Appadurai outlines throughout his scholarship, we invite participants to submit papers, panels, and roundtable proposals within the following subject areas. Potential topics for submissions are listed below.

Film and Television; esp. explorations of transnationalism, multinational identities
Comic Book Narratives

International Production/Consumption
Labor Processes
Digital Finances
Global Access

Stock Markets
Political Economies
Corporate Ethics

Travel and Tourism
Migration and Immigration
Refugee Programs
Study Abroad Programs in Education
Diaspora, Global Kinship

State Ideologies
Questions of digital labor, democracy and exploitation
World Religion
Political Ethics

The submission period ended January 2, 2015.

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