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National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, 2007 Joint Conference

Boston Marriott Copley Place - Boston, Massachusetts, USA, April 4-7, 2007


Call for Proposals: Stephen Foster

Deadline: September 1, 2006.

Though prevailing notions of the popular frequently focus on newness, 19th
century America provides a rich history of popular texts and music. As in
our own historical moment, first-generation critics responded to these
texts from a plethora of political perspectives. Historical analysis of
minstrelsy could easily place Frederick Douglass's analysis of black face
theater alongside Eric Lott's Love and Theft as a theorization of cultural
experience and spectatorship. In conversation with the long history of
cultural studies and race theory, we are currently considering proposals
for individual or collaborative presentations on 19th century composer
Stephen Foster. Because sessions are scheduled in one and a half hour
slots, we seek papers that strictly adhere to a fifteen to twenty minute
time limit. Though we intend on providing a CD player for use by the panel
presenters, we will not provide any other audiovisual material unless
requested when abstracts are submitted. All papers must, of course, fall
under the broad rubric of Foster's life and music. Some focused topics
include, but are not limited to, the following:

  *      Reception (global, national, contemporary, and first-generation)
  *      Inclusion on film soundtracks  (e.g. Disney's Song of the South). 
  *      Representations of race.
  *      Formal analysis. (e.g. composition and structure) 
  *      Comparative analysis. (e.g. Foster and Faulkner, Foster and Eminem)
  *      Influence of/on global music (e.g. "Don't Bet Money on the
	 Shanghai").
   
Submit a one-page (150-250 word) proposal or abstract via regular mail or
email by September 15, 2006 to Jennie Lightweis-Goff (addresses follow).
Please be sure to include contact information, institutional affiliation,
presentation title, and audiovisual requirements in the final abstract.
Advance queries are welcome.
   
  Jennie Lightweis-Goff
  University of Rochester
  Department of English
  500 Wilson Boulevard
  RC Box 270451
  University of Rochester
  Rochester, New York 14627-0451
  USA
  jdlightweis@yahoo.com

For more information on the PCA/ACA, please visit
http://www.h-net.org/~pcaaca.
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