European Popular Culture Association Annual Conference 2014
Call for papers: Deadline: Friday, April 25th, 2014

Call for papers: Deadline: Friday, April 25th, 2014

Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the third annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at the  University of the Arts, London  UK (272 HIGH HOLBORN, London WC1) from July 29th – 31st 2014.

EUPOP 2014 will explore European popular culture in all its various forms. This could include European Film (past and present), Television, Music, Celebrity, The Body, Fashion, New Media, Comics and  Popular Literature, Sport, Heritage, and Curation. The special streams will include themes such as Violence (Horror), Commodification of Popular Culture, Sport, Spirituality(the Occult), Nationalism and its Ideological Forms, Paganism (Celtic Studies, Nordic Mythologies), and Technology. The closing date for this call is April 25th, 2014. There will be opportunities for networking, publishing, and developing caucus groups within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2014 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the EPCA’s Journal of European Popular Culture. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors – a full list of Intellect journals is available at:

Papers and Complete Panels for all strands will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length, and those for panels – not more than 90 minutes. In the latter case, please provide a short description of the panel along with individual abstracts. Poster presentations and video projections are also warmly welcomed.

Proposals comprising a 300 word abstract, your full name, affiliation, and contact details (as a Word-file attachment, not a PDF should be submitted to Pamela Church Gibson ( - the same address is available for general administra-tive queries) until March 28, 2014. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail.

The conference draft program will be announced at the end of May, 2014, along with the conference registration and accommodation details.  Keynote speakers: Information will be posted shortly. The European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) promotes the study of popular culture from, in, and about Europe. Popular culture involves a wide range of activities, material forms and audiences. EPCA aims to examine and discuss these different aspects as they relate both to Europe and to Europeans across the globe, whether contemporary or historical.

Kind Regards,
EPCA President, Pamela Church Gibson,
Journal of European Popular Culture editor, Graeme Harper,
PCA-Finland Director, Adjunct Professor Kari Kallioniemi, kakallio@utu.fl
IIPC Coordinator Kimi Kärki,

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Book of the Month Launch,id=5012/Each month one of Intellect's latest books is selected to be the 'Book of the Month' with a healthy 25% discount to go with it.

Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan reveals the face of war through the extensions of man, particularly through the use of photography and social media. The book contains a host of photographs from the award-winning photographer Rita Leistner.

To take advantage of this offer please visit visit University of Chicago Press (enter the code AD1053 to receive the discount). Offer valid till the end of February 2014.

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Looking Past the Smoke and Mirrors: "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life"
A blog post by Ed Winkleman

"I'm constantly still amazed at how much of how the art world truly works remains a mystery to so many people who wish to participate in it. Perhaps that's the same for most creative industries, but I feel I have a stronger sense of what it takes to break into show business or professional sports or other fields I'm not at all involved in than many young artists or wanna-be art dealers have about how the commercial gallery system operates."

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Our new line of stationery and gift products reflect our company ethos of 'original thinking' - bringing together our passion for design, inspiration ideas and a bit of fun. From handy notebooks to tote bags and t-shirts, the growing range of products will aim to bring some colour to your desk and nourishment to your mind.

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Intellect is proud to announce its emerging scholars competition.
Get your book published, and £500 to spend!

Intellect is proud to announce its emerging scholars competition.

In an ongoing commitment to support new scholars in all aspects of fashion academia,

Intellect will publish a book of best research by one talented emerging scholar.

Intellect is an independent academic publisher in the fields of creative practice and popular culture,

producing scholarly books and journals that exemplify a mission as publishers of original thinking.

Alongside having their work published with this prestigious press, the winner will also receive £500 to be used towards conference travel and attendance.

The judges will be looking for proposals which demonstrate the following:


·      Original material, not previously published

·      Provides a significant contribution to fashion scholarship

·      Compliments Intellect's dedication to new and emerging scholarship

·      Interdisciplinary focus welcome

A decision will be made by our experienced panel of fashion scholars, Susan Kaiser (University of California), Andy Reilly (University of Hawai`i, Manoa), Efrat Tseëlon (University of Leeds) and May Yao Intellect’s Production Director.

The competition is open to all previously unpublished fashion scholars.

To enter, simply fill in an author questionnaire, send a sample chapter and your current CV to:

Closing date for all entries is 15 April 2014 |

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‘Work that body: Distinguishing an authentic middle-aged gay self’ Paul Simpson
Based on interviews with gay men living in Manchester and observation sessions in its ‘gay village’, this article examines what midlife gay men’s body management practices say about the construction of ageing and the discourse of ageism in local gay culture.
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Heavy Metal Music and the Communal Experience Conference
March 5, 2014 at the University of Puerto Rico

It is common to hear metal fans and musicians talk about the "metal community". This concept, which is widely used when referencing metal music, encompasses multiple levels of complexity that are seldom addressed in academic endeavors. When examined in detail, it raises more questions than answers. 

A group of academic researchers on Heavy Metal Music will meet to discuss these issues. Presentations from scholars from Europe, Latin America and the United States will take place on March 5, 2014 at the University of Puerto Rico. These include:

Keith Kahn-Harris (University of London, UK)

Niall William Richard Scott (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

Deena Weinstein (DePaul University, USA)

Karl Spracklen (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK) 

Jeremy Wayne Wallach (Bowling Green State University, USA)

Amber Clifford-Napoleone (University of Central Missouri, USA) 

Brian A. Hickman (Benedictine University, USA)

Cláudia Souza Nunes de Azevedo (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, BR)

Nelson Varas Díaz (University of Puerto Rico, PR)

Follow this link for conference registration: 


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Call for Papers: Special issue of East Asian Journal of Popular Culture
Cute Studies

Cuteness has a global reach: it is an affective response; an aesthetic category; a performative act of self-expression; and an immensely popular form of consumption. This themed issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture is intended to launch the new, interdisciplinary, transnational academic field of Cute Studies.

Cute culture, a nineteenth century development in Europe and the US, with an earlier expression in Edo-era Japan, has flourished in East Asia since the 1970s, and around the world from the turn of the new millenium. This special issue seeks papers that engage with a wide variety of both the forms that express cute culture, and the platforms upon which its articulation depends. Thus, the field of Cute Studies casts a wide net, analyzing noth only consumers of cute commodities, but also those seek to enact, represent, or reference cuteness through personal presentation or behaviour. Since these groups intermingle, cute culture may be seen as a type of fan community, in which the line between consumers and producers is continually renegotiated. Cute Studies also encompasses critical analyses of the creative works produced by practitioners such as artists, designers, and performers, as well as the circumstances that determine the production and dissemination of these works.

Defined as juvenile features that cause an affective reaction, somatic cuteness follows the Kindchenschema set down by Konrad Lorenz (1943), and supported by later research: namely, large head and small, round body; short extremities; big eyes; small nose and mouth. Whether genetic, or activated by learned signals, the cuteness response is also associated with a range of behavioural aspects, including: childlike, dependent, gentle, intimate, clumsy, and nonethreatening. Such physical and beavioural features trigger an attachment based on the desire to protect and take care of the cute object. This deterministic nature of the cute affective register is highly pertinent to humanities acholars in the way it is expressed through categories of difference such as gender, race, or class. Furthermore, the difference in status between the subject affected by cuteness, and the harmless cute object, denotes a power differential with important political and ideological implications. The appeal contained within cuteness seeks to establish a reciprical relationship of nurturing/being nurtured, and the subject who responds to this appeal faces very different ethical obligations depending on whether the cute object is a thing, an animal, or a human being.

Possible topics for papers include the following (Note: a specific focus on the geographical region of East Asia is not required for submissions):

  • Cute Cultures of East Asia
  • Cute Commodities and consumers of cute: Structure vs. Agency
  • Cuteness and Gender
  • The Science of Cute
  • Cute Histories
  • Practitioners of Cute
  • Cuteness and Race
  • Queering Cute
  • Cuteness and Disability
  • The Cuteness of Animals/Zoomorphic Cute
  • The Dark Side of Cute (the grotesque, violence, pedophilia, etc.)
  • Digital Cute (social media, memes, etc)

The deadline for submissions to this special issue of EAJPC is: 15 April, 2014

Please submit papers to

Joshua Paul Dale, Editor, Special Issue on Cute Studies, EAJPC

Note: To aid research, an annotated (and annotatable) bibliography may be found at

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