Call for Papers: Forty Years of Popular Culture in Italy

Call for Papers

Forty Years of Popular Culture in Italy

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Editors: Enrico Minardi (Arizona State University); Paolo Desogus (Sorbonne Universités)

Some of the most original pages from Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks are dedicated to the subject of mass culture. Antonio Gramsci was in fact the first one to realize the relevance of the cultural industry’s products as far as their ideological content, embedded world views, and expressive forms are concerned. His interpretative model later influenced Umberto Eco who successfully combined the Gramscian methodology with his own semiotic approach in some of his most important essays (regarding a manifold variety of cultural artifacts, belonging to categories as diverse as cinema, comics, advertising, and journalism).

Along this very same line of research, we are looking for essays of 15-18 pages in length (double spaced, size 12 font, Times New Roman, written only in English) covering all kinds of artifacts and aspects of Italian mass culture throughout the last 40 years. We will select proposals showing the ability to combine and merge the analysis of ideological, linguistic, and expressive structures, in accordance with the example provided by Umberto Eco in books such Apocalypse Postponed (1964) and Il superuomo di massa (1976).

The broad subthemes and areas of interest for the volume include but are not limited to:

  • Automobile
  • Advertising
  • Cinema
  • Comics
  • Cuisine
  • Fashion
  • Popular music
  • Sports
  • Television
  • Urban arts
  • Visual arts

Edited volume timeline

  • Submission of abstracts and drafts: 28th February 2018.
  • Submission of Draft: 24th September 2018.
  • Papers go to the publisher: 17th December 2018.
  • Publication of the volume: February/March 2019.

All essays should be original (i.e. not published before). Each abstract will be reviewed by the editors. Submitted papers should be in Word format.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 300-400-word biography including your name, title, academic rank, your institutional affiliations, your qualifications, your research interests and publications to both:

Please use the above email addresses for any queries to the editors about the volume.

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