Thursday, December 3, 2009

Calls for Academic Papers

January 1, 2010 is the deadline for proposals for Popular Romance Studies: Theory, Text, and Practice, the second annual international conference on Popular Romance. The conference is sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR) and will take place in Belgium, August 5–7, 2010.

IASPR is seeking proposals for innovative panels, papers, roundtables, discussion groups, and multimedia presentations that contribute to a sustained conversation about romantic love and its representations in popular media throughout the world, from antiquity to the present. IASPR welcomes analyses of individual texts—books, films, websites, songs, and performances—as well as broader inquiries into the creative industries that produce and market popular romance and into the emerging critical practice of popular romance studies.

Confirmed keynote speakers are: Celestino Deleyto, University of Zaragoza, Spain; Lynne Pearce, Lancaster University, UK; and Pamela Regis, McDaniel College, USA.

For inquiries, please contact

(Become a member of IASPR, and look for the first issue of IASPR's peer-reviewed online Journal of Popular Romance Studies (JPRS) in February 2010.)

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Last April, Princeton University hosted a groundbreaking two-day conference on popular romance fiction and American culture. Gathering scholars, authors, editors, and bloggers, this interdisciplinary gathering featured panels on romance and history (both political and literary), romance and religion, romance and sexuality, and romance and race. Each explored the ways that popular romance fiction has reflected, and also helped shape, American culture from the late 18th century to the present.

Conference organizers William Gleason (Princeton) and Eric Selinger (DePaul University) now invite proposals for a collection of essays that will build on the work of the conference: Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom? They welcome proposals from academic scholars from any field—American literature, popular culture, religion, women's and gender studies, African American Studies, or any other relevant discipline—as well as from authors, editors, and other members of the romance community who wish to reflect on their practice in light of the volume’s concerns.

They will consider proposals or abstracts on the relationships between popular romance fiction and

• the history of reading in America, from Pamela to the present
• American cultures of sexuality, masculinity, and femininity
• American religious cultures, in Christian and other traditions
• Race, ethnicity, and exogamous desire
• “High” culture: literary fiction, poetry, visual art, etc.
• Other popular genres: mystery / detective fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy, non-romance bestsellers, chick-lit
• Other popular media: film, comics, music, gaming
• The culture of sport (football, baseball, NASCAR, etc.)
• American political / military culture, from the early Republic to the present
• American psychological / therapeutic / self-help culture

They also hope for papers on the romance industry in America and the diverse community of romance readers, authors, and reviewers, both as they are and as they are represented in the media:

• Romance sub-genres—Western, Gothic, Regency, Medieval, Paranormal (vampire, were, empath, etc.), Futuristic / Time Travel, Multi-cultural, Erotic, Gay / Lesbian, etc.—and their shifting appeal to readers
• American romance and other traditions: comparative studies, texts in translation, transnational encounters
• Romance publishing: major presses, series and lines, the rise in e-publishing
• Representations of American romance writers, readers, bloggers, book groups, conventions, etc.

Detailed abstract or draft essay and a short CV are due by January 4, 2010. Final essays will be due in June, 2010.

For further inquiries, please contact Prof. William Gleason ( or Prof. Eric Selinger (


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Keira Soleore said...

Thanks for visiting & commenting. The peer-reviewed Journal will be available online and freely open to everyone for reading AND commenting. So be sure to watch out for its first issue in February.