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The Cultures of Popular Culture

The Cultures of Popular Culture

Publié le par Perrine Coudurier (Source : Dominique Jeannerod)

Call for Papers

The Cultures of Popular Culture

Royal Irish Academy Annual Conference

Queen’s University, Belfast, 13th - 14th December 2013


Popular Culture has long been absent from the syllabus, eschewed by researchers and viewed condescendingly sometimes even by its most adept practitioners. It has come a long way to become the thriving academic discipline it is today. Just as the term Popular Culture describes the widest range of practices, Popular Culture Studies cover the most heterogeneous objects. While this very diversity makes it exciting as a research field, it presents a challenge in terms of methods and approaches. To promote scientific exchanges at international level, Popular Culture Studies need elements of comparability and theorization. The annual conference of the Royal Irish Academy, organised in collaboration with the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, intends to offer a forum for discussion between academics, teaching and researching in the fields of Popular Cultures. It will consider the benefits of studying Popular Cultures in Modern Languages Studies and seek to map current areas of research. It presents a distinctive opportunity to discuss corpora and contrast approaches.

Keynote Speaker Professor Diana Holmes (Leeds): ‘On Popular Cultures and the Middlebrow’

Topics for discussion include but are not restricted to:

  • Translation and Interpretation of Popular Culture
  • Cultural icons and cultural iconicity
  • Popular cultures as media cultures
  • Teaching Popular Cultures in their original language
  • Cultural categories, normativity, canonicity
  • Consensualism, sensationalism and mass appeal
  • Global mainstream cultures and resistance
  • Fetishism, tosh and trash
  • Self-reflexivity and parody
  • Mass education
  • Democratic culture and satire
  • Folk cultures


Please send 200-word proposals by the 1st of October 2013 to the conference organisers:

Dr Tori Holmes, Iberian and Latin America Studies, QUB :

Dr Dominique Jeannerod, French Studies, QUB :

Dr Federico Pagello, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, QUB