MOTHERHOOD AND POPULAR CULTURE

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

 

National Conference

 

Boston, Ma, april 11- 14, 2012

 

 

Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb write in This Giving Birth: 

 

 

Now that the baby boom generation has come of age in America, mothers are suddenly back in Vogue – and in Time, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal too. Indeed, mothers are suddenly everywhere and their influence is everywhere felt. Pollsters and policy-makers count them; manufacturers cater to them; and corporations work to accommodate them. Marketers adjust to meet their demands and desires, while medical practitioners keep pace by emphasizing prenatal education and offering non-traditional birthing options.Ever since a pregnant Demi Moore exploded the beauty myth by posing nude for a magazine cover and Madonna cast off her boy-toy image to sing the praises of maternity, popular culture has also begun to embrace dear old mom.

                               

 

I am looking for papers for multiple panels for a “New/Special Topics in Popular Culture Area” which embrace any aspect of motherhood and popular culture.

 

 

Possible topics to consider include, but are not limited to, the following: 

 

Mothers, mothering, motherhood and 

 

-TV shows, including talk shows, family dramas, sitcoms, and animation

 

-print and electronic journalism and gossip rags; magazines

 

-celebrity culture

 

-electronic sites/technologies like blogs, Facebook, Twitter

 

-advertising and marketing

 

-visual art including photography, scrapbooking, mixed media

 

-film; performance; music

 

-graphic fiction/memoir

 

-best-selling literatures including mommy lit and momoirs

 

-pregnancy manuals and “expert” parenting guides/literature

 

-sports

 

-fashion

 

-politics

 

-reproductive technologies

 

-law and policy; maternal activism/organizations

 

 

For information on the PCA/ACA, please see: http://pcaaca.org/

 

 

Abstracts (200-250 words) due by December 15, 2011.

 

 

Please send any inquiries and abstracts via email to: Liz Podnieks, Associate Professor

 

Department of English and Graduate Studies in Communication and Culture

 

Ryerson University, Toronto lpodniek@ryerson.ca                            

                                                                                  

                            

Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5

http://www.motherhoodinitiative.org  info@motherhoodinitiative.org

                                

                            

                      

                      

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