Episode 161: CFP Second Annual Academic Popular Culture Conference


Update 2: More details on ideas about possible abstracts have been detailed here.

One of the highlights of this year was helping to plan and run the first ever pop culture conference to happen in Puerto Rico. It was an amazing experience and we have all learned a lot from that to make it even bigger, better, faster, stronger. And so we present to you Pop Culture Conference 2: Electric Boogaloo. Well, that was my idea for the title but no one got the joke so we’re going with something more traditional. Below you can find the Call for Papers in PDF, Jpeg, and straight up words on the screen. Take a look, share with friends and send us an abstract. Come on, all the cool kids are doing it.

CFP 2015 From Person to Persona PDF


CFP Pop Culture Conference 2015

From Person to Persona:

Exploring Transformative Identity in Authors, Characters, and Individuals

Throughout our lives we are given names that identify us. Birth names are transformed through abbreviations; nicknames are attributed to actions of bravery and/or embarrassment. Our identity changes with the names are given and those we make for ourselves. From George Elliot and Mark Twain to Prince and Lady Gaga, noms de plume show a separation between who we are in real life (IRL) and we are as artists. The second annual Academic Popular Culture Conference invites scholars to question, problematize, and perhaps solve one of the biggest quandaries in literature and in life: what’s in a name?

We are accepting 200-250 word abstracts for individual presentations or 700-750 word abstracts for panel presentations. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from all departments in any University of Puerto Rico campus, as well as independent scholars, are welcome to submit. We ask that participants only limit themselves to one abstract per person. Since the UPR is a bilingual institution, abstracts and presentations can be submitted in English or in Spanish. The conference will take place at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus from Friday April 1st through Saturday April 2nd in collaboration with the West-Con Comics and Anime Expo which will take place on Sunday April 3rd.

Examples of research in “transformative identity” include but are not limited to:

  • Language/Linguistics and Pop Culture
  • Literature
  • Film and Television
  • Comics and Manga
  • Video Games
  • Race, Gender, and Class
  • Pedagogy and Pop Culture in the Classroom
  • Music

Submission directions:

Please submit your abstracts alongside corresponding biographical and contact information to pcsarum@gmail.com by January 29, 2016