Monday, October 6, 2014

Call for Proposals -- Don't Miss Out Talking About Bond and All Things Spy

Dusk, Albuquerque Skyline (Marble Studios)
I am reprising my position as the James Bond, Espionage and Eurospy Area Chair for the upcoming Southwest Popular/American Culture Association's annual conference held next February, 11 - 14 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I'm seeking proposals from individuals who are interested in presenting on any aspect of the James Bond franchise and the spy/espionage and Europsy genre in films, literature, comics, videogames, or any other popular culture mediums.

Here are some topics to consider, but is by no means an exhaustive list of theoretical and pop culture frameworks: 

  • Spy/espionage – historical context
  • Secret agents – global representations and local identities
  • Refashioning and ret-con of the spy model
  • Cold War, post-modern and 21st century spy psychology
  • Gender, i.e. Bond-sploitation
  • Film: James Bond, Jason Bourne, Helm, Agent Vinod, Salt, Agent 077, Kommisar X, OSS 117
  • Television: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, Chuck, MI5, Burn Notice, She Spies, Cover Up
  • Literature: Fleming, Bruce, Gardner, Benson, Hamilton, Weinberg, Higson, Ludlum, LeCarre
  • Comics: X-9 Corrigan, Super Spy, Danger Girl, The Secret Service
  • Cartoons: Archer, James Bond Jr., Totally Spies!,
  • Anime: Najica Blitz Tactics, Golgo 13, Gunslinger Girl, Darker Than Black, Master Keaton
  • Videogames: GoldenEye, 007 Legends, Alpha Protocol, No One Lives Forever, Splinter Cell
  • Anti-Bond: The Quiller Memorandum, The Ipcress File, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Liquidator
  • Music, Fashion, Advertisements, etc. 

Life Magazine "Spies" (Tumblr)
Please note the following presentation details:

  • Please send a 250 word abstract and the presentation title by November 1, 2014 via the online submission database portal
  • Presentation time consideration: 15 min maximum. Limit of one presentation at the conference. A complete list of all areas accepting proposals can be found here
  • There are no honorariums for presenters; this is an academic conference. There are, however, a number of award opportunities for graduate students. The submission deadline is December 1, 2014. 
  • And, SWPACA has a peer-reviewed journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. For more information on the journal, click here

I have attended this conference for a number of years and I feel that while it is a smaller conference, it fosters a supportive environment for those new to presenting but is also a great opportunity for vetting out ideas. The organizers schedule many events for conference attendees including film screenings and a special Saturday event. Last year, it was a tour of Breaking Bad locations around Albuquerque.

If you are still unsure or have any questions, contact me and I can provide you more information or point you in the right direction. 

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