Wednesday, February 20, 2013

CFP: Love and Romance in European Popular Culture

An Goris and I are pleased to announce that we are convening a strand on love and romance in popular culture at this year's PCA Europe conference, due to take place in Finland this summer. Paper proposals on any aspect of love or romance in any form of popular text in Europe are very welcome and are by the 25th March. 

EUPOP 2013 – PCA Europe Annual Conference
University of Turku
31 July – 2 August 2013
Strand: Love and Romance in Popular Culture
CFP Deadline: 25 March 2013

Individual paper and panel contributions are invited for a special thematic strand on love and romance in popular culture at the second yearly international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), organised with the Popular Culture Association Finland (PCA-Finland) and the International Institute for Popular Culture, IIPC.

We invite papers exploring any aspect of love or romance in any form of European popular culture, including but not limited to:
·       Representations of romantic love in popular culture
·       Studies of popular romance
·       Explorations of the romantic comedy
·       Historical approaches to love and romance in popular texts
·       Gender and Love/Romance
·       Considerations of love, romance and race/ethnicity
·       Sexuality and Love/Romance
·       Queerness in romance
·       Love and Transgression
·       Romance and (trans)nationalism – is love universal?
·       Love, romance and the body
·       Love and romance on the internet
·       Representations of intimacy
·       Explorations of platonic love
·       Love, romance and religion
·       Romance and love in the media
·       Love stories on the big and small screen
·       Romantic love in popular literature
The closing date for this call is 25 March 2013. Please submit 250 word paper or panel proposals to:

There will be opportunities for networking, publishing and developing caucus groups within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2013 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the Journal of European Popular Culture, the journal of the EPCA. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors – a full list of Intellect journals is available at: General enquiries about the conference should be directed to:

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