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








-reproductive technologies


-law and policy; maternal activism/organizations



For information on the PCA/ACA, please see:



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                            



Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

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





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