Call for Presenters

The Mass Culture Workshop is seeking presenters for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. A forum for graduate students, faculty and visitors to share and discuss works in progress, the workshop is dedicated to interdisciplinary research that considers the aesthetic, historical, and political dimensions of mass media, including cinema, digital media, television, popular music, photography, video, advertising, fashion, social media, and other technologies of mass culture.

We hope this workshop will also serve as a space for collective thought about the present crises reshaping the conditions of our work and life; we encourage work that engages with mass culture’s implication in these struggles and upheavals.

Meetings will occur over Zoom on select Fridays between 11:00am and 12:30pm.

Proposals should be sent to the workshop coordinators Nick Rueda-Sabater (nicolasrueda@uchicago.edu) and Basil Dababneh (bdababneh@uchicago.edu) by September 14th 2020. Please include the following:

  • A tentative title
  • A brief bio including name, pronouns, department affiliation, faculty/student status
  • The type of project (dissertation chapter, article in-progress, conference paper, unfinished media artwork, etc.)
  • A brief description of the content and/or argument
  • The quarter in which you would prefer to present (and any preferred presentation dates)
  • Any additional requirements (technical assistance, etc.)

We give presenters the option whether or not to pre-circulate their projects. Presenters can also select a (faculty or student) respondent to facilitate discussion on the day of the workshop.

In addition, Mass Culture is open to collaborations with other workshops, and we welcome suggestions for visiting artists or scholars who might be willing to participate, especially given the online nature of our workshop.

To stay in touch with the Mass Culture Workshop, please subscribe to the mailing list through this link or e-mail the coordinators. For further information, especially to get a sense of the thematic range and disciplinary diversity encouraged by the workshop, visit the workshop’s blog and presentations archive.

Your 2020-2021 workshop coordinators,

Nick and Basil