9-11 November 2012
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456 USA
What do zombies have to do with world politics? How might the Twilight sagas inform and illuminate our way of understanding world politics and changes in the global political economy? In what ways do videogames, the sales of which now exceed those of music CDs and DVDS combined, shape the identities and political understandings of frequent players? Is visual media destined to replace print as the primary source of news and entertainment in advanced industrial societies and how might this affect the construction of meaning of world affairs? As a means of communication readily available to an ever-expanding number of individuals and groups, how might the internet offer paths of resistance to corporate and Western news and entertainment hegemony? How can tango dancing make the world a more peaceful place?
This conference explores the multiple ways of investigating the intersections of world politics and the production, circulation, content, and consumption of various popular cultural forms. Engaging a range of disciplines and practices in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, the conference encourages participants to question what terms such as 'global,' 'popular,' and 'culture' mean both in isolation and when used in conjunction. It asks in what ways and with what effects popular culture has become a series of sites at which political meaning is made, where political contestation takes place, and where political orthodoxy is reproduced and challenged. The conference provides a highly-focused and interdisciplinary environment in which the increasing numbers of scholars that are engaging in culture-related research can present their work and participate in the kind of extended discussion that larger conferences do not permit. The conference aims to provide an intimate forum at which debates about interdisciplinary methods and theoretical approaches can be developed to facilitate debate across disciplines that share interests in world politics and culture. We welcome proposals for performances, screenings, panels, or individual papers, on any aspect of world politics and popular culture.
Building on the preceding four PCWP conferences, version 5.0 will be held on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a small liberal arts institution located in the beautiful Finger Lakes (wine-making) region of western New York state.
The deadline for proposals is 5 September 2012.
Anne Elizabeth Moore
award-winning author, publisher, zinester and feminist activist
of the Church of Stop Shopping
pop culture pirate and feminist video remix artist
legendary author and rock music historian
2 p.m., Warren Hunting Smith Library Atrium
3:30 p.m., Sanford Room, Warren Hunting Smith Library
Welcoming Remarks from President Mark D. Gearan
4 p.m., Sanford Room, Warren Hunting Smith Library
Keynote Address: Legs McNeil
8 p.m., F&M Bank
Keynote Address: Anne Elizabeth Moore: “Translocal Women's Issues: Zines, Comics, and Fashion in the US and Cambodia”
9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Stern Hall
8:00 p.m., Cracker Factory
Keynote Address: Rev. Billy: “The End of the World: A Sermon”
9:30 a.m., Sanford Room, Warren Hunting Smith Library
Keynote Address: Elisa Kreisinger: “Pop Culture Piracy: Putting Theory Into Practice”
11:15 a.m., Sanford Room, Warren Hunting Smith Library
Roundtable with Keynote Speakers