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    Alexandra Cuncev

    The Personal Journal & Cultural Studies
    Southwest Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Asstns
    31st Annual Conference: February 10-13, 2010, “Special Topics”

    Submission Deadline: 12/15/09
    Proposals are being accepted for panels on pedagogy regarding all types and
    forms of an often overlooked genre, the Personal Journal (historical,
    political, social, cultural, ecological, ethnographic, memoir, diary,
    video-journal, TV/Film self-confessionals, etc), and its integral
    relationship with Cultural Studies, Literature, Media Studies and other

    All topics and approaches to teaching the personal journal are welcome, the
    three main pedagogy categories being a) as a stand-alone genre b) a genre
    incorporated into arts/humanities courses, and c) an object of study–a
    cultural artifact featured in any of its other forms such as television and
    film. Authors reflecting cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, and political
    diversity, as well as authorial diversity of approach to the genre and its
    form variants are encouraged. Exploring the idea of garnering more
    recognition and incorporation of the personal journal and its versatility
    across the disciplines as a tool for analysis in its written, oral and
    visual forms is also encouraged. Papers on any facet of Personal Journal
    pedagogy are welcome!

    Graduate students/future teachers are also welcome to participate, or
    register to attend the conference and personal journal forum. Those
    interested in the Personal Journal panel should contact the Personal
    Journal Chair, Lisette Davies Ward at with any
    questions. Submit proposals of 150-250 words, including a working title and
    a brief biography of around 100 words, to

    Conference Keynote Speaker:
    Adilifu Nama, author of Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction
    Film, 2008, and Winner of Peter C. Rollins Book Award, 2009.

    Conference Hotel:
    Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
    330 Tijeras
    Albuquerque, NM 87102

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