CFP: Console-ing Passions 23


CP 23 Rebooting Feminism
Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism
June 18-20, 2015

Deadling for Abstracts: October 1, 2014.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Jan 31, 2015.
Please submit all proposals to:

Founded by a group of feminist media scholars and artists in 1989, Console-ing Passions held its first official conference at the University of Iowa in 1992. Since that time, Console-ing Passions has become the leading international scholarly network for feminist research in television, video, audio, and new media.

Twenty-three years after the group’s founding, we find ourselves in a dramatically different media landscape, as well as a world in which the meanings of feminism, postfeminism, and the intersections of feminism with race, sexuality, and class are hotly contested in the academy, in the popular press, and in contemporary media representations. Console-ing Passions 2015 asks, after decades of postfeminist retrenchment, is feminism due for a reboot?

CP23 seeks to bring together papers, panels, screenings, and workshops that investigate both feminism and media studies at a crossroads. We are particularly interested in work that brings together two or more of Console-ing Passions’ driving themes: gender, race and ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, and class. The 2015 conference invites pre-constituted panels and workshops, as well as individual papers that consider the breadth of feminist concerns related to television, digital, video, audio, and new media, as well as mobile and gaming technologies. Pre-constituted panels and workshops are especially encouraged.

Possible topics include considerations of gender in relation to:

*intersectional feminisms
*feminism in a “post-racial” moment
*“Rebooting Feminism:” what comes after postfeminism?
*feminism, the economy & austerity
*media production and industries
*media audiences and fans
*gaming and virtual worlds
*masculinities, trans identities, sexualities
*sex work and pornography
*neoliberalism and gender
*transmedia, theories of convergence and their critiques
*transnational cultural flows and “Ex-pat TV”
*social media and digital domains
*feminism and popular music
*feminism and the New Europe
*spiritual belief and practice and media
*feminism and the political right
*new feminist icons (Elizabeth Warren, Wendy Davis, Julia Gillard)
*campaigns for social justice
*stardom and celebrity
*affect and emotion studies

Pre-Constituted Panel Proposals: Panel coordinators should submit a 200-word rationale for the panel as whole. For each contributor, please submit a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and contact information. Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged. Panels should include 3-4 papers.

Individual Papers: Individuals submitting paper proposals should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio, and contact information.

Workshop Proposals: We seek workshop ideas that focus on scholarly issues in the field and matters of professionalization. Topics might include: media activism; mentoring; the job market; digital networking; workplace politics; teaching; tenure and promotion; publishing; etc. Prospective coordinators should submit a 350-word rationale (including some discussion of why the topic lends itself to a workshop format), a short bio, and contact information. For each proposed workshop participant, please submit a title, short bio, and contact information. Workshops are intended to encourage discussion; contributors will deliver a series of brief, informal presentations.

Please visit our website for information about events, schedules, travel information, and more. Please direct all questions about the conference and the submission process to:

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Conference Organizers: Maeve Connolly, Kylie Jarrett, Jorie Lagerwey, Diane Negra, Maria Pramaggiore, Emma Radley, and Stephanie Rains


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