Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 IASPR Popular Romance Conference in York!

I have been pretty busy of late (what with finishing my thesis and all) but I am planning a new post about the effect of eunuchs on constructions of masculinity in medieval romance soon. In the meantime, if you're interested in popular romance (medieval or otherwise) the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR) have just announced that their deadline for the 2012 conference in York, UK from 27th-29th September has been extended until the 30th May. Travel grants are also available for presenters. That gives you plenty of time to get your proposals in for what (I hope) will be a brilliant couple of days.

Here's the full CFP and details on where to send paper and panel proposals:

In novels, films, TV, fan fiction, pop music, and other media, romance has been both consumed and derided because of the pleasures it imparts. Even those who deride or debunk romance may find, in that refusal, a pleasure of social distinction. Open to talks on any topic related to romantic love in global popular media, now and in the past, this multi-disciplinary conference will also highlight the vexed issue of “pleasure” in popular romance texts, popular romance fandom, and popular romance studies.

All theoretical and empirical approaches are welcome, from affect studies and cognitive science to literary history, middlebrow studies, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and sociology. Proposals may focus on single authors, texts, songs, films, TV series, and marketing campaigns, or on broader, more theoretical approaches, including discussions of pedagogy. We are eager to receive proposals on older forms of popular romance (classical, medieval, early modern, etc.) and on love in Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American popular culture.

Submit proposals for individual papers, full panels, roundtables, interviews, or innovative presentations to conferences@iaspr.org by May 30, 2012. All proposals will be peer reviewed.