Pop Culture and Democracy Conference Freiburg, Oct. 24-26, 2024

Pop Culture and Democracy Conference Freiburg, Oct. 24-26, 2024

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The conference aims to examine how pop culture approaches democracy through diverse fields and forms of media, as well as the effects of those approaches, including how pop culture can be used to undermine or strengthen democratic ideas

The conference “Popular Culture and Democracy”, organized by PhD candidates in British and North American literary and cultural studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany, aims to examine how pop culture approaches democracy through diverse fields and forms of media, as well as the effects of those approaches, including how pop culture can be used to undermine or strengthen democratic ideas

We warmly welcome interdisciplinary approaches and contributions on topics targeting the connection of popular culture and democracy in the English-speaking world. Papers can include topics on specific popular culture products and mediums, or a particular approach to the topic from postcolonial studies, gender studies, queer studies, political theory and other perspectives.

We invite proposals for individual papers, on topics that can include, but are not limited to:

  • The intersection of populism and popular culture
  • Popular culture, conspiracy theories, and anti-democratic sentiments
  • Heroes / villains in popular culture and their relationship with democratic structures
  • Post- & De- colonial approaches and representations of BIPOC rights in popular culture
  • Representations of Indigeneity and Indigenous sovereignty in popular culture
  • Images of (in)justice, political activism, and resistance in popular culture
  • (Anti-)democratic ideologies in, for example, popular music or video games
  • Representations of legal frameworks within the popular culture landscape
  • Social media platforms and democracy
  • Utopian / dystopian projections of democracy’s future in popular culture
  • Popular culture’s representation of natural disasters or pandemics, and their underlying political agenda
  • Genre-specific representations of democracy, e.g. in horror, comedy, or science fiction

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words and a 50-word biography to popdem2024@frias.uni-freiburg.de by July 31, 2024.  Speakers will be notified in the first half of August. For up-to-date information, please check the conference website.
The conference will be held in person.

We offer a travel bursary and accommodation to all confirmed speakers. Early career researchers associated with international universities are especially encouraged to submit a proposal.

Organizational team: Kübra Aksay, Sophie-Constanze Bantle, Ece Ergin, Klara Machata, Kelly Schmidt, Kristina Seefeldt (English Department, University of Freiburg)