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Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:05:14 -0400
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Call For Papers
Area: Car Culture and the Road
Southwest/Texas Popular and AmericanCulture Association 33rd AnnualConference
February 8-11, 2012
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Hotel & ConferenceCenter, downtown Albuquerque
Conference Theme: “Celebrating“Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context

Callfor Papers Deadline:  December 1, 2011
RegistrationDeadline for Presenters: December 31, 2011
Car Culture and the Road is a growing area ofcultural significance in our rapidly transforming global world.  Both the car and the road conjure up ideasabout freedom, mobility, geography, consumption, and the triumph of technologyover nature.  Images of car cultureand/or the road evoke a powerful and potentially tense inquiry into the role ofthe car and the road in terms of nostalgia for an idyllic, and perhaps lostpastime, as well as a renewed excitement about the future of motorizedtransport (cars, motorcycles, scooters, etc.).  In either case, we find both the car and the road as prominent figures inthe construction of identity formation in a variety of media formats (film, TV,videogames, graphic novels, fiction). Join us just steps away from Route 66 for engaging, interdisciplinaryinvestigations of the increasingly popular narratives of autonomy (perhaps evenrebellion) and mobility.   Our goal is toleave the conference with a broader understanding of the past, current, andfuture potentialities of car culture(s) and the road, emerging pedagogy in thisarea, new methodologies for studying car culture and the road, as well as theimpact of digital tools on both.  SWTXwelcomes scholars at all levels.  Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.  Topics might include, but are not limited to:

road     movies, videogames, graphic novels, fiction
lowriders,     hot rods, custom cars and racial or ethnic identity
car     or biker clubs
car     shows
histories     of roads, routes, highways, traffic
GPS,     Google Maps, automobility
Route     66 and roadside architecture
Nation     and/ or citizenship, region, locality
advertising,     symbols, propaganda
borders,     real and imagined
remapping     the road in post-apocalyptic landscapes / “The road to nowhere”
environment,     “Going Green”
urbanization,     globalization

Paper or panel proposals are due by12/1/11, submitted to the SWTXPCA database (  
Stacy Rusnak
Area Chair, Car Culture and the Road
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