The International Association for the Study of Popular Romance's website is now almost complete (there are some sections still under construction) and two important items which are now available concern the Journal of Popular Romance Studies and the 2010 IASPR conference:
The Journal of Popular Romance Studies (JPRS) is a peer-reviewed on-line journal presenting scholarship on representations of romantic love in popular media, now and in the past, from anywhere in the world. We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions from all relevant disciplines, including Art, Communications, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Education, English, Film Studies, History, LGBTQ Studies, Marketing, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as interdisciplinary approaches.and
For its inaugural issue (Winter 2010), the Journal of Popular Romance Studies is now considering papers on representations of romantic love in popular media, now or in the past, from anywhere in the world.For more details about submitting a paper to JPRS, see the full Call for Submissions.
IASPR's Second Annual Conference on Popular Romance will be held from 5-7 August 2010 in Leuven, Belgium. The theme of the conference is "Theorizing Romance" and
IASPR is seeking proposals for innovative panels, papers, roundtables, discussion groups, and multi-media presentations that contribute to a sustained conversation about popular romance across all genres and in all media.For more details see the Call for Proposals.
* To bring to bear contemporary critical theory on the texts, paratexts, and extra-texts of all forms and media of popular romance
* To theorize the nature and examine the tension and relations between all genres, forms, and media of popular romance
* To include comparatist and intercultural analyses of popular romance by examining the differences between national traditions of popular romance and the translations of popular romance in and across national and cultural boundaries.