CFP: Teenagers and Contemporary Visual Culture

Teenagers and Contemporary Visual Culture
1st Global Conference
Tuesday 25th September 2012 – Thursday 27th September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 27th April 2012

The Call for Papers:
This conference looks to examine, explore and discuss the prevalence of representations of teenagers within contemporary visual culture. Whether as a focus for consumption, entertainment or individual and social expression the teenager, as seen in its myriad manifestations within popular culture and the media would seem to express something about the world in the 21st Century and beyond but does it allow for teenagers themselves to address the nature of their own identity and individual agency within an increasingly implicated and convergent world?

Examples: The Hunger Games, Glee, Gossip Girl, The Twilight Saga, Skins, Misfits, Teenwolf, Bluewater High, The OC, The Vampire Diaries, The Inbetweeners, Beverley Hills 90210, Degrassi: The Next Generation,El barco, Malhação, Dil Dosti Dance, Majisuka Gakuen, Battle Royale, Hannah Montana, Justin Bieber, High School Musical, Jennifers Body.

Possible Topics for Discussion:

* Portrayals of teenage life and teen cultures (mainstream as well as counter-cultures)
* Gender
* Race
* Sexualities (hetero-, homo-, bi-, trans-, fluid, queer)
* Nationality
* Impact of “big” events (death and mortality, pregnancy, addiction, marriage, mental illness, disability, etc.) on teens

Aesthetics and Stories:
* Responding to/setting trends in teen fashion, music and pop culture
* Location
* Narrative and Storytelling
* Inter-textuality/pop culture allusions
* Adapting stories between media
* Making and breaking generic conventions
* Impact of star persona/celebrity

THE WHAT: For 2012, the Skins and Contemporary Culture project will meet alongside our project on Gender and Love It is our intention to create cross-over sessions between the two groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between gender and love and Skins and contemporary culture. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 27th April 2012.

HOW? Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to all Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords. E-mails should be entitled: SKINS Abstract Submission.

Organising Chairs
Ann-Marie Cook
Dr Rob Fisher

The conference is part of the Critical Issues series of research projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.

For further details of the conference, please visit its website.

Priory House
149B Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1993 882087
Fax: +44 (0)870 4601132

Image credit: Cast of Skins UK

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