Popular Culture and World Politics IV (PCWP 4)
23-25 November 2011 at University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
The deadline for conference submissions is now closed. For
conference registration please click the link on the left. For
inquiries regarding possible late submissions please contact
Rovaniemi-Lapland Congresses at congress(at)ulapland.fi.
We study popular culture to understand the representational
practices through which power relations are constructed worldwide, and
grasp the aesthetic practices through which the intolerability of power
relations are given political expression, and out of which new political
subjectivities and peoples are brought into being. Deconstructing the
former is integral to the processes of struggle by which we can
contribute to the composition of the latter.
The Department of Politics and International Relations (Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of Lapland) is pleased to invite you to continue this
effort at the Popular Culture and World Politics Conference (PCWP 4) to
be held in Rovaniemi,
Finland, 23-25 November 2011. The conference is the fourth in a
groundbreaking series of annual events that began in the University of
Bristol in 2008. Since then the series has developed into an exciting
annual event which attracts scholars, practitioners and artists from
throughout the world and across the disciplines and fields to debate and
discuss the world politics of popular culture.
This year, the conference will be held on the ultra-northern
verges of Europe, in Lapland, which occupies liminal space in-between
popular imaginaries of Western modernity and Arctic wilderness.
The three-day conference will attract papers and
presentations from thinkers whose work is inspiring contemporary forays
into the relations between politics and culture across the humanities,
social sciences and the arts. Invited keynote speakers include Michael J. Shapiro (University of Hawai'i), Jeremy Gilbert (University of East-London, UK), and Scott Wilson (Kingston University, UK).
With this Call for Papers we invite participation in all
possible forms. In addition to panels and individual papers, we welcome
proposals for art exhibitions, screenings, performances or other modes
of expression. In so doing we hope to build the event into a rich
experience which involves not only talking about popular culture but
also experiencing, sensing, feeling, producing and, in most cases,
Suggested themes for panels, papers and other presentations include (but are not limited to):
- Challenging the theory/practice divide
- Aesthetics and the constitution of new subjectivities
- Decolonizing methodologies
- Popular culture and climate change
- The politics of Santa Claus
- Representation and race
- Senses, sensibilities and the redistribution of the sensible order
- Art and political activism
- Popularization of indigenous cultures
- Imaginaries of hope in contemporary politics
- Aesthetics of security
- War and media
- The politics of cinema
- Digital aesthetics
- The biopolitics of popular culture
All other themes will be entertained too.
If you are interested in attending the conference please Click here
to submit a brief abstract of your paper, panel proposal (including the
names and titles of each presentation) or artistic contribution (max.
450 words). The deadline for abstract submissions is July 31st.
More information about practical issues and forms for advance registration will be added on this website by the end of May.
For any queries about the scientific contents of the conference, please contact:
Julian Reid (julian.reid(at)ulapland.fi) and Laura Junka-Aikio (laura.junka-aikio(at)ulapland.fi)
For any queries about practical issues, please contact:
University of Lapland
PO Box 122
96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
Tel. +358 40 484 4462 and +358 40 721 8260
Fax +358 16 362 940
Photo: Antti Aikio