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Popular Culture and Coloniality: Decolonizing Global Media and Communication

March 27-28, 2019 | Philadelphia, USA

Over the past three decades, intellectual energy in global media studies has worked to decolonize the field. Building on these legacies and others across the humanities and social sciences, the inaugural CARGC-fellows biennial conference seeks to examine the relationship between popular culture and coloniality. Using popular culture as a avenue through which to examine global geo-politics and communication, the conference invites submissions that critically examine affect, power, representation, and politics in shifting technological landscapes. In doing so, this one-day conference asks: how can critical, theoretical, and empirical studies of popular culture push global media studies to further examine the production of knowledge?

We invite papers that work critically to further decolonize media studies and unmoor scholarship from sedimentary understandings of place, space, time, and power beyond determinist discourses like the essentialization of media and technology. The CARGC symposium solicits scholarship from early career scholars that:

  • Uses popular culture artifacts such as music, melodrama, digital and social media, film, performance, folk culture, television, comics, cartoons, street art, print media, memes, comedy, and more to interrogate ideas of place, beyond the binaries of local/global, traditional/modern, west/rest, and the boundaries and possibilities of comparative research; global is not simply scholarship outside the hegemonic West; rather an orientation.
  • Observes the experiences of audiences alongside the political economy of cultural production and consumption in order to analyze power beyond the dichotomy of oppression/resistance and pursue instead the generative spaces between, outside, next to, or beyond dualisms.
  • Interrogates media and technological platforms as sites of popular cultural production, while focusing on claim-making and meaning-making processes of active audiences and digital consumers;
  • Imagines political bodies, subjectivities, and affect by seeking out and analyzing  representations of underrepresented voices, cultures, bodies, and abilities;
  • Explores overlapping histories of the popular and of popular culture in order to brush history against the grain;
  • Otherwise uses the production and consumption of popular culture in order to rethink the production of knowledge, challenging eurocentrism, elitism, and other frameworks of power, offering other ways of knowing.

Interested participants should send abstracts of 250 words by October 1, 2018.

Note: To scholars who may be interested in submitting abstracts in English, but require some support with the English language for full presentations: we encourage you to apply as our fellows are able to provide some assistance with the following languages: Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Hindi, Vietnamese, and Persian.