#CFP Pop Culture and the Pop Culture Scholar

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Another call for papers that has me excited, since I myself have increasingly gotten involved in, or at least tried to engage in, not merely analyzing and studying popular culture, but contributing to it. Have I mentioned that I have an idea for a graphic novel? It would have educational value, but part of the point is that I think it can potentially do more good if that is not known to be one of the aims behind producing it. But at any rate, here’s the call for papers:

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Culture - Definitions - Culture - Issues - Mass

The popular in popular culture is, as it always does, changing. Definitions of popular culture have always been confounded by issues of high and low, mass and public, public and counterpublic, and beyond. However, while we continue to conceptualize and reconceptualize popular culture, we must also seek to better understand our relationship to it as scholars. For instance, call it convergence, transmedia, polymedia, or something else, but what is clear is that what we think of as “media” has changed. Inside that environment, what is considered popular has changed as well. Gone are the days where 30, 40, or – in the case of the series finale of M*A*S*H – 50 million Americans gathered around their televisions to watch a single episode on the same night. Replacing those ephemeral moments is a sense of archival and retrieval, an aversion to spoilers, and a community where the meanings of events and content can change and shift in...
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