[GBW] Call for Papers and Presentations: Continuities and Innovations: Popular Print Cultures, Edmonton, Canada, August 2008

Peter Verheyen verheyen at philobiblon.com
Tue Dec 11 08:15:02 EST 2007

Call for Papers and Presentations
Continuities and Innovations: Popular Print Cultures – Past and Present, 
Local and Global
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
26 to 31 August 2008

Papers and presentations are invited for any aspect of the conference theme. 
Proposals should be 200 to 300 words in length and clearly state the central 
theme or argument, the kind of popular print or related media to be 
considered, and its social and cultural location in time and place.
Please indicate any equipment requirements (data projector; conference 
computer; overhead projector; video or dvd player; audio player, etc). A 
brief resumé should accompany each proposal, stating the proposer’s name, 
address, contact information, and relevant academic, professional, or 
personal background and knowledge of form of popular print culture 

Send proposals and resumés by email as pasted-in documents or attachments in 
an up-to-date format to: <popprint at ualberta.ca>.

Or mail hard copies to: Popprint, Kirsten MacLeod, Department of English and 
Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E5. 
Questions to either address.

Deadline for proposals is 30 May 2008. But space on the program is limited, 
and proposals will be considered on a first-come, first-accommodated basis.

This conference and creative arts program consider what most people read, 
here and elsewhere, now and in the past. Popular print characteristically 
includes both words and images, and is intertwined with music and 
performance. In these forms it has been and continues to be one of the most 
powerful cultural forces in history, morphing into new media and new 
technologies, from the phonograph record through radio, film, and television 
to video games and the internet.

Popular print culture is now a global phenomenon, with striking similarities 
in what most people read, anywhere. Yet there are also striking local 
differences, inflections, and variations in what most people read, here or 
elsewhere. “Continuities and Innovations” will bring together all those 
interested in popular print culture--readers and writers, publishers and 
fans, librarians and collectors, teachers and students, and of course 
researchers in many academic disciplines.

Proposals are invited from all of these groups, directly addressing the 
conference theme, or taking up any aspect of “Popular Print Cultures, Past 
and Present, Local and Global.” Topics can include relations between popular 
print and other media, between popular and “high” literatures, between words 
and images, between words and music, between past and present forms, and so 
on. Presentations may be from writers, readers, publishers, teachers, 
students, distributors, sellers, librarians, illustrators, opponents, 
promoters, adapters to other media, fans, collectors, et al. Papers and 
presentations can be on any relevant topic—reading popular print and 
creating it, writing it and illustrating it, publishing it and selling it, 
counteracting it or transforming it, adapting it and influencing it, 
censoring it and living it, and more. Participants may consider popular 
print and politics, religion, sexuality, class, ethnicity, “race,” 
nationality, or any other theme.

Google “Edmonton Alberta” and “University of Alberta” for information on the 
venue. Program and other information, including travel and accommodation 
details, regularly updated, will be available on the conference website: 

Dr. Kirsten MacLeod, Adjunct Professor
Department of English and Film Studies
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2E5
kjm8 at ualberta.ca 

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