Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
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
-electronic sites/technologies like blogs, Facebook, Twitter
-advertising and marketing
-visual art including photography, scrapbooking, mixed media
-film; performance; music
-best-selling literatures including mommy lit and momoirs
-pregnancy manuals and “expert” parenting guides/literature
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)
140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5