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The Cultures of Popular Culture

Biennial conference of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Languages, Literary and Cultural Studies

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Published on Monday, September 02, 2013 by Luigia Parlati

Summary

Just as the term Popular Culture describes the widest range of practices, Popular Culture Studies cover the most heterogeneous objects. While this very diversity makes it exciting as a research field, it presents a challenge in terms of methods and approaches. To promote scientific exchanges at international level, Popular Culture Studies need elements of comparability and theorization. The biennial conference of the Royal Irish Academy, hosted by the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, intends to offer a forum for discussion between academics, teaching and researching in the fields of Popular Cultures. It will consider the benefits of studying Popular Cultures in Modern Languages Studies and seek to map current areas of research. It presents a distinctive opportunity to discuss corpora and contrast approaches.

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Argument

Popular Culture has long been absent from the syllabus, eschewed by researchers and viewed condescendingly sometimes even by its most adept practitioners. It has come a long way to become the thriving academic discipline it is today. Just as the term Popular Culture describes the widest range of practices, Popular Culture Studies cover the most heterogeneous objects. While this very diversity makes it exciting as a research field, it presents a challenge in terms of methods and approaches.

To promote scientific exchanges at international level, Popular Culture Studies need elements of comparability and theorization. The biennial conference of the Royal Irish Academy, hosted by the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, intends to offer a forum for discussion between academics, teaching and researching in the fields of Popular Cultures. It will consider the benefits of studying Popular Cultures in Modern Languages Studies and seek to map current areas of research. It presents a distinctive opportunity to discuss corpora and contrast approaches.

Keynote Speaker Professor Diana Holmes (Leeds): ‘On Popular Cultures and the Middlebrow’

Themes

Topics for discussion include but are not restricted to:

  • Translation and interpretation of Popular Culture
  • Cultural icons and cultural iconicity
  • Popular cultures as media cultures
  • Visual and digital cultures
  • Teaching Popular Cultures in their original language
  • Cultural categories, normativity, canonicity
  • Consensualism, sensationalism and mass appeal
  • Global mainstream cultures and resistance
  • Fetishism, tosh and trash
  • Self-reflexivity and parody
  • Mass education
  • Sport cultures and the body
  • Democratic culture and satire
  • Folk cultures

Submission guidelines

Papers (to be given in English) are welcome on topics relating to popular cultures in any area of Modern Languages Studies. Postgraduate research students are encouraged to submit proposals.

Please send 200-word proposals

by the 1st of October 2013 

to the conference organisers:

For further information and updates about the conference please visit http://blogs.qub.ac.uk/popularculture/.

Places

  • School of Modern Languages, Queen's University Belfast - 10, University Square
    Belfast, Britain

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Keywords

  • cultures populaires, langues étrangères, méthodologie, canons, théorie

Contact(s)

  • Dominique Jeannerod
    courriel : d [dot] jeannerod [at] qub [dot] ac [dot] uk

Information source

  • Dominique Jeannerod
    courriel : d [dot] jeannerod [at] qub [dot] ac [dot] uk

To cite this announcement

« The Cultures of Popular Culture », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, September 02, 2013, https://calenda.org/257943

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