Thursday, 17 December 2009


We have had quite a few international popular culture papers...anyone interested in taking this area on???

Also we need an area chair for internet--three interesting papers in that panel too.

Finally, because some folks have sent me abstracts AND abstracts to area chairs there could be some doubling in the programme--ie someone sent me an abstract and I've allocated them to FILM rather than say ROMANCE which they really wanted. I'm working hard to get a list of abstracts/delegates done. Will send this out by 21st December.

Can everyone PLEASE send me their panels and panel members asap (some of you already have)


Conference Website

Our website is up and running but it's always under construction :)

If anyone sees any errors please let me know.

Draft programme will be up end of January!!


Conference Update

Well folks,

We've had a flurry of late abstracts and so we're going to be delaying sending out formal acceptances for a wee while. If you need one for grant applications please contact your AREA CHAIR asap.

Good news = seems we have a full house.


Sunday, 13 December 2009

Conference Draft Programme

Hi All
The CFP has closed and we've received enough abstracts to fill all panels. If you're late, however there is the poster session on Tuesday evening. Please email if you would like to join us for the poster session (AUD50 = 2 hours wine and food).


Thursday, 26 November 2009


Dr Vicki Karaminas has been promoted to Associate Professor!!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Only a few weeks until we start assessing submissions; and we've had them from all over the world. It's shaping up to be an exciting conference.

We still are looking for area chairs for

Philosophy and Popular Culture
Law and Popular Culture
International Popular Cultures
Indigenous Cultures
Green Issues and Popular Culture
Writing (Creative/Non Fiction)
Libraries, Archives, Museums and Popular Research

So feel free to nominate yourself .... email me

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Call for Papers

The First Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) will be held June 30, July 1, 2 at the VIBE Hotel in Sydney.

Our website

This interdisciplinary and transnational conference is accepting proposals on ALL aspects of popular culture including but not limited to:

Graphic Novels, Comics and Visual Cultures (Dr Paul Mountfort
Popular Design (Dr Derham Groves,
Popular Romance Studies (Dr Glen Thomas,
Popular Fiction (Dr Toni Johnson-Woods,
Film and TV (Dr Rebecca Beirne, )
Fashion (Assoc Prof Vicki Karaminas,
Popular Science (Dr William Lott,
Linguistics (Alan Libert,
Queer Studies (Dr Samar Habib,
Journalism and Popular Culture (Dr John Cokely, Writing (Creative/Non Fiction) (Dr Giselle Bastin,
Popular History (Dr Hsu-Ming Teo,
Food Studies (Toni Risson,
Sports and Popular Culture (Carol Wical,
Popular Music Ed Montano (

Law and Popular Culture (Dr Jason Bainbridge,
Philosophy and Popular Culture
International Popular Cultures

Indigenous Cultures
Green Issues and Popular Culture
Writing (Creative/Non Fiction)
Libraries, Archives, Museums and Popular Research

Creative work is also accepted. Proposals for panels are welcome.

We will also be holding a postgraduate poster evening. All postgrads and undergrads (provided they are working with the guidance of a trained scholar) interested in presenting their would-be or current research are invited to submit an abstract. Please mark your submissions: Poster Session.

Abstracts (300 words max.) should be sent as e-mail attachments to the area chairs, if none is designated please forward to Dr Toni Johnson-Woods, The deadline for submissions is 30th November 2009 (first round) -- second round 20th December. Please include your name, affiliation, mailing and e-mail address, and the title of your presentation. E-mails should be entitled: PopCanz Conference. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within one week, please resend your submission. Accepted presenters will be notified via e-mail by January 2010.

A selection of papers from the conference will be solicited for publication in the PopCAANZ Journal.

Additional information is available on the PopCanz blogsite:

Monday, 14 September 2009

Welcome to PopCanz Blog Site

Welcome Everyone!!!

The story so far:

CHANGE OF DATE: Wednesday June 30, Thursday July 1 and Friday July 2 2010.
To be held at the VIBE Hotel.

Alternative Accommodation: Women's College , University of Sydney
Metro Hotels (

PopCAANZ Officers (so far)

  • Dr Toni Johnson-Woods (President)
  • Dr Derham Groves (Vice President)
  • Vicki Karaminas (Secretary)
  • John Cokely (Treasurer)
  • Organising Committee (Toni, Vicki, Rebecca and Derham)
  • Journal Editor at Large (Vicki Karaminas)
  • Journal Guest Editor (to be rotated)

Area Chairs

The area chairs are responsible for
  • writing description for the Call for Papers
  • distributing CFP
  • selecting papers & organising into panels
  • the 'quality' of the papers
  • organising & briefing the panel chairs
  • getting delegates' books on the booksellers sales tables (ie so provide organising committe with titles and publishers); book flyers for the satchels
  • special av requirements
  • abstracts (length, grammar, timeliness)
  • fielding media enquiries
  • holding a meeting for next year's conference
  • organising referees for conference paper publication

Basically the area chair runs their area. I'm hoping to get enthusiastic experts in their fields who will be able to make the area their own and who will continue in this role. Feel free to suggest publishers, booksellers, sponsors, promotion venues/ideas etc.