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Call for Papers: Critiquing Culture — The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference at George Mason University

Critiquing Culture

The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference at George Mason University

2016

 

 

The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University invites paper proposals for our 10th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, October 1st 2016 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

 

This year’s conference will feature a plenary panel on “The Uses and Abuses of Neoliberalism” with scholars from several departments at George Mason University.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

The Cultural Studies program at George Mason University is committed to the analysis and critique of culture. Cultural Studies examines cultural objects as products of the wider social, historical, economic and political conditions. Thus its interests lay both in understanding processes of cultural production as well as discovering the effects of culture at sites of reception. In particular, Cultural Studies focuses on power relations and inequalities, which shape the horizon of possibilities for any cultural object at hand, be it a political discourse, an economic model, or a mass cultural product. Towards this project, we recognize the value of a range of critical approaches including Marxist political economy, poststructuralism, feminism, critical theory and postcolonial studies. While the objects of Cultural Studies vary widely, the field aims at political relevance and efficacy.

 

In an attempt to broaden the community of scholars working in precisely this interdisciplinary vein, the Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee at George Mason University invites graduate students to submit research papers for a conference specifically oriented toward the examination of cultural objects, whether through Marxist, structuralist/poststructuralist, feminist, or other critical lenses. We encourage the submission of papers related to the following broad themes:

 

      Political Economy

      Mass & Popular Culture

      Gender & Sexuality

      Race & Ethnicity

      Visual Culture

We strongly encourage submissions that address, critique, or otherwise analyze issues of neoliberalism.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a current CV should be sent to critiquing.culture@gmail.com by June 30th, 2016. Please include presentation title, presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information, A/V requests, and any special needs required in the email. Abstracts should be sent as .doc or .rtf file attachments.

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