What: 2017 Conference of Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)
When/Where: Thursday, November 8 — Saturday, November 11, 2017. Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown
Deadline: June 29, 2017.
Topics: Papers will explore the ways that wars—declared and undeclared, just and unjust, sacred and profane, fictional and “real”—have impacted the social, economic, technological, ideological, and other aspects of culture;
A special panel is about how and why Americans are fascinated with war-themed “gaming,” considered broadly:from board games, strategy games, role-playing games and paintball / Airsoft to first-person shooter videogames Call of Duty and Overwatch. We invite papers from diverse perspectives to examine “war games” and their complex cultural implications.
The War Studies Area also welcomes general proposals including, but not limited to, the following topics for the 2017 conference:
War on television
War in prose fiction, poetry, or drama
Documentaries and war
Technology and war
War and gender
Aspects of journalistic coverage of war
The “War on Terror” and popular culture
War and popular music
Cultural productions of protest / anti-war movements
War and race
War and ethnicity
War in minority discourses
Marxist approaches to war
War and psychoanalysis
Trauma and war
Language and war
Oral histories of war experiences (both “combat” and “home front”)
War in science fiction or fantasy
Queer approaches to war
Visual art and war (including historical approaches)
War in video or role-playing games
Blogging / Social Networking / New Media and war
War as metaphor
War and museums
How to apply: submit 300 word proposals online at http://www.mapaca.net and select “War Studies” as the Area for consideration.
Links/infos: for any info the contact is the email firstname.lastname@example.org. here the conference page.