17/02/2019 – CFP: No culture is “low” culture

cfp low culture

One day peer conference for students @ Bangor University.

What, when & where

No culture is ‘low’ culture
One day peer conference for students
Bangor University
16th April 2019

Culture which was traditionally excluded from academia has found its way into scholarship in recent years. Screen studies, media studies and popular culture are now considered by many to be legitimate lines of academic enquiry. However, students within these disciplines still have to fight against prejudice towards supposedly ‘low’ culture. Finding courses and postgraduate supervisors, securing funding for research, having conference papers received with interest and discussing projects with colleagues can all be challenging. Furthermore, the tendency of research into culture to be interdisciplinary creates further challenge, in that students are required to know and cite scholarship across a wider range of areas than they might have encountered prior to undertaking their projects. Traditional school and department structures at universities can make this difficult.

This conference aims to bring together current students conducting research within the areas of screen and media studies and popular culture, giving them the opportunity to present and discuss their research with their peers. The conference will facilitate the exchange of ideas across disciplines, enable students to gain experience presenting at a conference and allow students to make contacts with peers who are likely to be their academic colleagues in the future. The conference also aims to show that topics which are considered by some to be beneath scholarship can be studied rigorously and can contribute to academia.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length. Proposals are invited from students only.

Topics may include but are certainly not limited to:
All aspects of film, television and other screen studies
All aspects of media studies
Fandom
Online fame
Cult franchises, e.g. MCU
Inter-disciplinary studies involving traditional academia and popular culture, e.g. historical fiction on TV
Marketing aesthetics
Meta-studies about the study of ‘low’ culture itself

Deadline & how to apply

Abstracts should be 300 words in length and be accompanied by a short bio.
Please submit proposals by 17th February 2019 to Emma Buchanan at rspa98@bangor.ac.uk. Speakers will be informed by the end of February, when registration for the conference will open. There will be a chance to write up your paper for inclusion in a publication.

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