Dr. Jonas Prida, Assistant Professor of English at College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont, sends in the following:
Enduring Barbarism: Heroic Fantasy from the Bronze Age to the Internet
College of St. Joseph Popular Culture Conference
Dr. Jonas Prida
The inaugural popular culture conference will be held at the College of St. Joseph, located in Rutland, Vermont, April 13th-14th, 2012.
Proposal deadline: Dec 15th, 2011.
We are looking for a wide range of topics, figures, panels and cultural studies methodologies to explore the enduring figure of the barbarian in Western popular culture. Graduate students, established faculty, and independent scholars are encouraged to submit ideas. Possible paper topics:
the multi-faceted use of the barbarian in popular culture
rise and fall of heroic fantasy in the 1970s
comic book barbarism
heroic fantasy as a heavy metal trope
the gendered barbarian
explorations of lesser-known sword and sorcery texts
Italian sword and sandal movies
The barbarian’s future
We are actively interested in innovative panel ideas as well.
Please send 250 word paper proposals, 400-500 word panel ideas, or general questions to Dr. Jonas Prida at firstname.lastname@example.org
ROB ADDS: A number of members of REHupa have attended similar conferences in the past, and a few will attend the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference the same weekend as the above event. It sure would be nice to have Robert E. Howard represented at both.
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