2014 Call for Papers 

Clash and Convergence: Explorations of Culture in an Age of Uncertainty
The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies
February 21 - 23, 2014
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio

“None of us really know how to live in this era of media convergence, collective intelligence and participatory culture. These changes are producing anxieties and uncertainties, even panic, as people imagine a world without gatekeepers and live with the reality of expanding corporate media power.” - Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide

Increasingly, scholars of cultural studies and allied fields must view their study in the context of clashes and convergences, facilitated by global neoliberal realities. This is reflected in the evolving forms popular culture productions are taking today, as well as the institutional forms which our academic spaces take. As scholar-activists, we must envision new ways of (re-)framing our work, and build alliances across disciplines, structural boundaries, and other barriers.

The formation of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies in 2012 has given us occasion to reconsider the ways in which these experiences play out in practice, as well as the ways in which we might work together to create more effective dialogues. It is in this spirit that The Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars Association and the Popular Culture Scholars Association, in cooperation with the School of Cultural and Critical Studies at Bowling Green State University, have brought together their Battleground States and Ray Browne Conferences in order to jointly host the Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies.

Potential topics for papers, panels, and roundtable proposals include, but are not limited to:
·       Reimaginings of iconic cultural productions (e.g. reboots of Batman, Star Trek, Superman, etc.)
·       Mashup culture
·       Border Crossings and the Transnational
·       Multivalant identity, cultural expression and code-switching
·       Cultural appropriation, capitalism and consumerism
·       The impact of industry trends/acquisitions (e.g. Star Wars/Disney)
·       The impact of the political on “national cultures”
·       Teaching convergence in the critical studies classroom
·       Pedagogical methods in a multi-tech classroom
·       Mixed methods for pedagogy and activism
·       The intersection of science and culture
·       Histories of the (Post-)Colonial
·       The evolving global flows of foodways/sustainable food systems
·       Integrating and connecting the knowledges of American Studies, Popular Culture, Film/Cinema Studies, Race Studies, Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, Gender and     Sexuality Studies, Environmental Policy and Planning, Social Media Studies, Political Science, Literature, Graphic Arts, Musicology, Labor Studies, Activism, Educational Reform, Legal and Justice Studies etc.

Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted online (https://orgsync.com/10612/forms/85238no later than December 6, 2013 EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 20, 2013. Submissions should include media equipment requests and any special presentation requests. Panel, roundtable, performance, and artistic display proposals are welcome and should include a 300-word abstract and contact information for all participants.

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