LINGUIST List 24.1757

Sat Apr 20 2013

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Applied Ling, Ling & Lit, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 19-Apr-2013
From: Joe Trotta <,.se>
Subject: Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association 24th Annual Conference
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Full Title: Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association 24th Annual ConferenceShort Title: MAPACA

Date: 07-Nov-2013 - 09-Nov-2013Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAContact Person: Joe TrottaMeeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Jun-2013

Meeting Description:

MAPACA is an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of popular and American culture in all their multi-disciplinary manifestations. It is a regional division of the Popular Culture and American Culture Association, which, in the words of Popular Culture Association founder Ray Browne, is a ‘multi-disciplinary association interested in new approaches to the expressions, mass media and all other phenomena of everyday life.’

Call for Papers:

The ‘Language and Popular Culture’ section of MAPACA invites papers on any topic related to the relationship between language and popular culture. Proposals may focus upon any type of language use or communicative event (written, spoken, visual, multi-modal) as it is evidenced in any popular culture phenomenon (e.g. film; television; the Internet; speculative fiction and genre fiction; comics; advertising; music; gaming; the tabloid press, etc.). The perspective taken may be contemporary or historical or a mix of both.

While the emphasis here is on language, the area is by nature interdisciplinary, combining methods and theoretical approaches from any number of academic disciplines, not least linguistics, literature studies, cultural studies, media studies, critical literacy and pedagogy.

Creative suggestions for papers are encouraged; however, potential presenters may wish to consider topics under broad headings such as:

- ‘Language and Identity’, e.g. how certain dialects, registers and styles are produced and/or represented in popular media and what group memberships they signal- ‘Language and Representation’, e.g. the ways in which linguistic representations in the popular media help to create and/or promote certain ways of thinking about social variables such as ethnicity, gender, social class, etc.- ‘Media Rhetoric’, e.g. how media discourse (especially in advertising, talk shows and pundit-driven news) can work to impress a view on us, further specific interests or maintain a hegemony- ‘Computer-mediated Communication/Language and Technology’, e.g. how new technology and Web 2.0 conventions are introducing linguistic changes, promoting new discourse conventions and transforming the way we communicate in general- ‘Popular Culture and Language Learning’ e.g. how the language encountered through popular culture can serve as a model for imitation for learners (both native and non-native) and how second-language learning can be promoted/enhanced through popular culture

Naturally, other themes/proposals relevant to ‘Language and Popular Culture’ are also welcome.

For more information on the conference and instructions on how to submit an abstract, please visit the conference website:

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