CFP: Mad Men The Conference

Printable version Wednesday 09 December 2015 Last updated at 16:51


Location: Middle Tenneesee State University, near Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Date: May 26-28, 2016
 
Convened  by the College of Media and Entertainment and the College of Liberal  Arts at Middle Tennessee State University, USA, and The School of Arts  and Media at the University of Salford, UK.
 
Proposals are  invited for a three-day international conference on the US television  drama series Mad Men. Responding to the series’ conclusion in 2015, this  timely event takes the opportunity to explore Mad Men in its entirety  via a range of academic approaches. It aims to assess the series’  significant storytelling achievements, including its complex characters,  innovative narrative structures, intricate mise-en-scène and its  inventive deployment of popular music. It intends to explore the  production conditions that gave rise to this creativity, analyzing the  series’ links to the growth of the US basic cable sector as a major site  of ‘quality’ TV drama and other key recent industrial shifts. It will  look to ascertain the much-discussed Mad Men’s cultural impact,  exploring the critical discourses and fan practices that have developed  around the series. It furthermore seeks to consider the perspectives  that the 1960s-set series brings to a transformative era of US social  history, as well as trace its connections to contemporary cultural  debates around such topics as race and gender. Through examining this  culturally significant series from a number of perspectives, the  conference will not only assess Mad Men’s key creative accomplishments  but also use the series as a means to consider wider aspects of  contemporary television culture, as well as broader societal issues.
 
Proposals (for single papers and panels of three papers) are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:
 
•          Mad Men and the 1960s
•          Mad Men and intertextuality across media (e.g. film, literature, poetry)
•          Mad Men and the representation of race, gender and sexuality
•          Mad Men and contemporary television industries
•          Mad Men and television authorship
•          Mad Men and season/series finales
•          Narrative structure in Mad Men
•          Set design and visual style in Mad Men
•          Character construction in Mad Men
•          Performance in Mad Men
•          Music in Mad Men
•          Symbolism in Mad Men’s mise en scène
•          Mad Men’s fandom
•          Mad Men and critical discourses
•          Mad Men’s promotional surround
•          Mad Men and media convergence (e.g. social media, digital paratexts, streamed distribution)
 
For a more extensive list of potential paper topics, see the following link:
http://davidlavery.net/Mad_Men/Mad_Men_Topics.pdf
 
Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2015.
 
Keynote Speakers to include Matt Zoller Seitz, author of The Mad Men Carousel and Professor Mimi White.
A book collecting the best papers from the conference is planned.
 
As  the centre of the country music industry, Nashville is one of America’s  most culturally vibrant cities, featuring an exciting night life that  draws upon the city’s musical heritage. Both out of state and  international participants may wish to come early and stay late.
 
Proposals  and queries should be directed to: madmentheconference@gmail.com | To  learn more and follow the development of the conference, visit the  website: madmentheconference.com
 
Conference co-conveners: David  Lavery & Jane Marcellus (MTSU), Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, &  Michael Goddard (University of Salford).

 

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