The submission deadline has passed. Thanks to all of you who submitted abstracts.

We welcome both critical and creative abstracts that explore any issue that addresses literature and commodity. We encourage submissions from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including (but not limited to) critical theory, cultural studies, postcolonial and critical race theory, literary studies, digital and virtual studies, media studies, philosophy, critical pedagogy, historical perspectives and contexts, queer theory, and gender studies.

 Topics may include (but are not limited to):

    * Advertising and literature
    * Literature as commodity/commodity as literature
    * Cultural markets as boundaries
    * Characters as commodities
    * Academia as commodity
    * Identity-shaping
    * Popular culture forms (e.g. hip-hop)
    * Colonization, imperialism, and globalization
    * Intersections of technology and literature
    * Past/present consumption
    * The body as commodity
    * Reading and teaching popular media, comics, film, fanzines, animation, etc.
    * Politics and textual production
    * Cultural memory
    * Women's studies, masculinity studies, postcolonial studies and interdisciplinary research
    * Commercialization
    * Avatars and virtual worlds
    * Exchange and exploitation

Individual papers as well as panel proposals that address and develop these themes are welcome. Please email your 250-word abstract and contact information in Word (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf) attachments to Lisa Dusenberry,

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2008.