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PCMA session--CFP: Medieval Themes in Popular Culture (9/1/07; Kalamazoo 5/8-11/08)

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    Mass Media Middle Ages: Medieval Themes in Modern Popular Culture Sponsored by The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages Session to be
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      Mass Media Middle Ages: Medieval Themes in Modern Popular Culture

      Sponsored by The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle
      Ages

      Session to be held at the 43rd International Congress of Medieval
      Studies, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), from 8-11 May
      2008

      Proposals due by 9/1/07



      THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MIDDLE AGES
      <http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org> invites proposals for
      15-minute papers on any aspect of the medieval popular culture to be
      included in a session to be held at the 43rd International Congress on
      Medieval Studies, which convenes at Western Michigan University from
      8-11 May 2008. In addition, submissions will also be considered for
      inclusion in an essay collection on the same topic.



      Despite our temporal and spatial distance from the Middle Ages,
      medieval themes proliferate in post-medieval culture, especially
      popular culture, and attest to the veracity of Umberto Eco's
      observation that "people like the Middle Ages." Medievalists, as both
      teachers and consumers, are as intrigued by these new representations
      of the medieval as non-specialists are, though fruitful academic
      discussion of such material has been limited when compared against the
      vast corpus of available medievalisms. It is the goal of the Society
      for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages to foster and
      encourage further investigation into the relationship between Medieval
      Studies and popular culture research. We have proposed this session
      devoted to exploring the range of medievalisms in modern culture, as
      the Congress provides an ideal forum to sharing information with our
      peers about these innovative representations of the medieval, which,
      besides simple amusement, can provide ideas for teaching and
      springboards for research.



      For "Mass Media Middle Ages: Medieval Themes in Popular Culture,"
      presentations should be geared towards illuminating how the creators
      of popular culture have appropriated medieval subjects and the impact
      these products have had in disseminating ideas about the medieval to
      the non-medievalist public. Through our participation at the
      Congress, the Society continues to build its network of scholars, and
      we expect proposals exploring the following topics (all of which we
      consider to be under-researched aspects of modern medievalism): the
      comics medium; computer, video, and digital gaming; juvenile culture
      (especially children's literature, games, and toys); role-playing
      games; television programming; and popular fiction (including
      medieval-themed mysteries, medieval-esque fantasy worlds, etc.), film
      (like the STAR WARS and SHREK film franchises), and music.



      We are especially interested in proposals related to the following topics:

      =***Board Games

      ***Children's Culture (illustrated books, toys)

      ***Comics

      ***Computer/Video/Digital Games

      ***Popular Fictio

      ***Popular Film

      ***Popular Music

      ***Re-creations (Society for Creative Anachronism)

      ***Entertainments/Theme Parks, etc. (medieval-themed faires, Medieval
      Times, Excalibur Hotel and Casino)

      ***Performing Arts

      ***Philately

      ***Role Playing Games

      ***Television

      ***Visual Arts







      Please submit abstracts of 500 to 1000 words to the organizing
      committee at the following address; please also submit a completed
      abstract cover sheet (found at
      <http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions.html>) with your
      proposal.



      Michael A. Torregrossa

      34 2nd St

      Smithfield, RI 02917-3627

      Popular.Culture.and.the.Middle.Ages-at-gmail.com

      http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org



      --
      Michael A. Torregrossa, M.A.
      Co-Founder, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
      http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org


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