The Postgraduate Department of English, Providence Women’s College, Kozhikode
invites you to PG students’ One-Day National Seminar on
Mapping the Myriad Dimensions of Popular Culture
15 March 2018
Popular culture is the agglomeration of cultural creations which include popular literature, art, cyber culture, film, television, radio, fashion, dance, video games, toys and sports. More broadly, it is “the set of practices, beliefs, and objects that embody the most broadly shared meanings of a social system”. The term arose in the nineteenth century, or even earlier, to distinguish the culture of ordinary people from that of elites. According to John Storey, the emergence of popular culture can be traced back to urbanisation, which happened as a result of the Industrial Revolution. After this, Popular Culture began to encompass wide aspects like media culture and consumer culture. In his book Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, John Storey offers six different definitions for Popular Culture. It equates Popular Culture with the “authentic” culture of people; the “left over” of what is defined as high culture; “mass culture” and ideas; “a site of struggle between the resistance of subordinate groups in society and the forces of incorporation operating on the interest of dominant groups in society.” The study of Popular Culture is still evolving. In recent years, it has expanded to include fandom, mass-marketing strategies, and the symbols and energies associated with political campaigns and political movements. Popular Culture Studies is an academic discipline which explores Popular Culture from the perspective of critical theory and is generally considered as a combination of communication studies and cultural studies.The work of Adorno and Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Stuart Hall, Erving Goffman, Raymond Williams, and many others come under this broad category. Popular Culture is a wide area which is associated with different aspects of life. The national seminar on ‘Mapping the Myriad Dimensions of Popular Culture’ for PG students, conducted by the Post-Graduate Department of English, Providence Women’s College, invites papers exploring the contours of Popular Culture, including, but not restricted to the following themes:
Consumerism | Hegemony | Democracy | Identity | Capitalism | Resistance | Gender | Generations | Globalisation | Celebrities | Violence | Intertextuality |
Religion | Public Sphere Freedom | Privacy | Resistance | Conflict
Papers could focus on one or more of the following areas:
Popular | Literature | Cinema | Sports | Politics | Law | Economy | Gaming | Food | Language | Education | Music | History | Fashion | Mythology | Cartoons
Abstracts of 200-400 words may be sent firstname.lastname@example.org by 25 February 2018. Selected participants will be intimated by 1 March. Full papers of 2000 to 3000 words, strictly following the MLA Handbook (7th edition), should be submitted by email within 10 March, and hard copies should be submitted before the seminar.
Registration Fees: Rs. 150.
Participants should make their own arrangement for travel and accommodation. Selected papers will be considered for publication, subject to review. For enquiries contact us by email and follow us on facebook.
Convenors: Anusree G | Niranjana B