Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies, 2015

Since the BGSU conference website has yet to be updated, I am sharing this CFP (which was forwarded to me by a colleague at the college–thanks Amy!):
We are pleased to (finally!) release the Call for Papers for this year’s Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies. As with last year, the conference as well as the CFP are the product of a collaboration between the Culture Club and the Popular Culture Scholar’s Association.
Cultural Landscapes and Critical Possibilities: Perspectives on the Local & Global
The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies
February 13-15, 2015
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
“The critical point is that both sides of the coin of global cultural process today are products of the infinitely varied mutual contest of sameness and difference on a stage characterized by radical disjunctures between different sorts of global flows and the uncertain landscapes created in and through these disjunctures” – Arjun Appadurai, “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy”
Inspired by activism which is both powered by and influences new uses of technology, this year’s Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies seeks to engage discussions on the linkages between the local and global, as well as material and digital spaces. Recent scholarship that examines how social relationships, experiences and innovations exist in a complex global system provides models for critical interventions into the power structures that order these connected spaces. Analyses of these networks elucidate the tensions that build and re-order the dynamics of global production, migration and ideology. With these emerging social modalities in mind, this year’s Ray Browne Conference draws from Arjun Appadurai’s innovative scholarship on global cultural flows to create a diverse dialogue centered on formations of the spatial, temporal and digital realms that pervade our everyday lives.
Building this year’s conference theme around the five global ‘scapes’ that Appadurai outlines throughout his scholarship, we invite participants to submit papers, panels, and roundtable proposals within the following subject areas. Potential topics for submissions are listed below.
Mediascapes:
Film and Television; esp. explorations of transnationalism, multinational identities
Newspapers
Magazines
Documentaries
Literature
Comic Book Narratives
Technoscapes:
International Production/Consumption
Labor Processes
Digital Finances
Global Access
Net-Neutrality
Financescapes:
Stock Markets
Political Economies
Neoliberalism
Corporate Ethics
Ethnoscapes:
Travel and Tourism
Migration and Immigration
Refugee Programs
Study Abroad Programs in Education
Diaspora, Global Kinship
Ideoscapes:
State Ideologies
Questions of digital labor, democracy and exploitation
World Religion
Political Ethics
Extremism
*We welcome other ideas for paper presentations beyond those on the above list.
Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted no later than December 20, 2014 viahttp://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/rbc/ . Submissions should include media equipment requests and any special presentation requests.
Panel, roundtable, performance, and artistic display proposals are welcome and should include a 300-word abstract and contact information for all participants.

Questions regarding the CFP, or the submission process, can be directed tobgcultureclub@gmail.com.

Thanks,
Hannah Maulden,
Secretary, BGSU Culture Club

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