Recent news and notes

First off, thanks, as always, to Daniel for compiling CFPs and articles of interest to our members. If you’re too busy to check all of the feeds yourself, Daniel’s “From the Feeds” summary can cut through the clutter.

Second, Howard Hastings wanted us to know that the Cultural Studies Association has a Working Group on War and Culture. He asked me to pass along information about the group and their CFP for the upcoming meeting, May 31-June 2 at Carnegie Mellon U in Pittsburgh, PA. Deadline for abstracts is Feb 16, and you must be a CSA member to submit. The good news is that membership is fairly reasonable as these things go, and grad students have major opportunities to receive travel grants to offset conf costs. We might talk about ways to partner with them at the upcoming meeting in Toronto.

Third, if you are a podcast listener and haven’t yet listened to American History Tellers first season on the Cold War, here’s an official recommendation. I found episode 2 on the “Campaign of Truth,” particularly good, and highly recommend it to anyone working on propaganda, public diplomacy, VOA or USIA films. There’s also great stuff on the blacklist, the bomb, academia’s role in the war industries, and, of course, the bikini. Given that we’re a media studies group, you might also try Wondery’s Inside Psycho, about the creation of said film!

Updates about the SCMS conference coming soon!

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