IAMCR 2013 – Popular Culture Working Group - Call for Papers

altThe Popular Culture Working Group invites submissions at this year’s IAMCR annual conference, to be held in Dublin, Ireland from 25-29 June 2013. The Working Group is seeking papers that explore popular representations of the conference theme Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders. A list of possible topics have been suggested by conference organizers and can be found in the general call on the IAMCR website http://iamcr.org/cfp.

Aspects of the Conference Theme most consonant with our section, though abstracts that explore other relevant themes will be considered, include:

  • The relationship between ‘new’ and ‘mature’ media
  • New fan practices and forms of fan productivity
  • The transformation of media practices, routines, structure and regulation before and after the crises
  • Reflexivity as a new form – aesthetics and genre
  • New modes of celebrity activism
  • The definition of creative labour and creativity
  • Representations of the subprime crisis in the mass media
  • New modes and forms of popular activism
  • Neoliberalism and the Arts and the public service provision
  • Economic and class representations of the crises and/or its impact
  • Austerity as a moral and political discourse
  • New modes of political representation and discourse e.g.
  • Celebritization

The Popular Culture Working Group encourages the submission of individual papers and complete panel proposals in any of the three official association languages (English, French, Spanish).

In accordance with IAMCR rules individuals may submit 1 abstract (paper) per Section or Working Group as a lead author, and a maximum of 2 abstracts (papers) to a single IAMCR conference in general. Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted by May 28th, 2013 to the Working Group via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) http://iamcr-ocs.org, the Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words, and should:

  • Have a clear title
  • Include the name(s) of author(s) and professional title(s) (i.e. professor, postdoctoral fellow, independent researcher, graduate student, student, etc.)
  • Outline the research objectives/questions/hypothesis identifying the theoretical framework and methodology
  • Make clear the main argument of the proposal
  • Include a brief bibliography and author(s) profile(s) to assist the advisory committee in the selection process.

As with other sections and working groups, the Popular Working Group encourages its members and participants to take part in chairing sessions so if you are interested please contact the Chair, Barry King barry.king [at] aut.ac.nz.

All abstract submissions must be made centrally via the IAMCR Open Conference System (OCS) at http://iamcr-ocs.org

The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 28, 2013. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. The OCS system at will open on November 15, 2012, and will close on January 28, 2013. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by the Chair no later than February 28, 2013.

Final conference programme will be known by 15 April 2013

Deadline for full paper submission: 28 May 2013.