Sunday, April 06, 2014

CFP: "Trash", Representing the Middle East and North Africa

American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa

The 2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference is currently organizing a panel on American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa. This conference will be held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN on 3-5 October 2014. Topics can include--but are certainly not limited to--any historical or contemporary representation of the Middle East in American popular culture, including sermons, songs, plays, paintings, travel accounts, memoirs, novels, movies, and the media. Please upload a 250 word abstract on any aspect of culture treating American Representations of the Middle East and North Africa to the Middle Eastern Culture area at The deadline for the submission of an abstract is 30 April 2014. You can find more information about the conference can be found at

Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants: Please email Stacy Holden at with any questions that you may have.

Picking Through the Trash: PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought

Even when claiming a love of trash culture, many of us take care to emphasize that this admiration happens at a distance. Phrases like “guilty pleasure” often accompany the admission, for we are aware we might be saying too much about ourselves, or aligning ourselves too closely with something whose main attraction might be its ability to be consumed easily, rapidly, and in large quantities. Yet designating someone or something as being trash or trashy reflects as much on the cultural commentators as on the given object. In this sense, “trash” is a political term, premised on notions of hierarchy and exclusion, even when we try to collapse these through kitsch or camp reclamations. [...]

Authors are requested to submit full articles of 6,000-8,000 words by Friday July 18, 2014 to

More details here.

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