Thursday, October 4, 2007

Cultural Borrowings: Appropriation, Reworking and Transformation - Call for Papers

Cultural Borrowings: A Study Day on Appropriation, Reworking and Transformation

University of Nottingham, UK
Wednesday March 19th, 2008

Plenary Speakers will include Professor Christine Geraghty (University of Glasgow) and Professor David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds).


Throughout history, artists have appropriated, sampled or borrowed elements from pre-existing work for use in new cultural texts. When hip-hop artist Dangermouse mixed samples from The Beatles White Album with Jay-Z's Black Album to produce The Grey Album; or when Todd Haynes paid homage to the works of Douglas Sirk in the film Far From Heaven (2002); or when Jean Rhys reworked Jane Eyre to tell the story of the creole Antoinette in Wide Sargasso Sea, they were all appropriating elements from prior cultural texts for use in the creation of new works.

This one day conference, in association with the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, seeks to interrogate the nature of such cultural borrowings, looking at how we can draw together insights from across the disciplines in order to further develop academic models of appropriation, reworking and transformation.

Submissions will be welcomed from both research students and interested academics working in the fields of film and television studies, cultural studies, literature, media anthropology, history, music, new media and sociology.


Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

- Remakes and Reworkings
- New media/Convergence culture
- Globalisation and cultural/regional crossings
- Rethinking postmodernism/postcolonialism
- Fandom (fan films/slash fiction)
- Borrowings between high and low culture
- Sampling and remixing in music
- Appropriation in the visual arts
- The Politics of Pastiche/Parody/Camp
- Culture Jamming/Adbusters
- Fair Use and intellectual property

Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words along with a short biographical note to:
Iain Robert Smith: iainrobertsmith@gmail.com

Iain Robert Smith, Cultural Borrowings Conference
School of American and Canadian Studies
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

Deadline for abstracts is 30 November 2007 http://www.meccsa.org.uk/pgn/

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