The 8th annual Critiquing Culture graduate student cultural studies conference will feature our distinguished keynote speaker Cindi Katz. The conference will be held at George Mason University on Saturday September 13, 2014. Last year the Cultural Studies Organizing Committee decided to open the conference to all cultural studies related topics, rather than featuring a specific theme. This approach proved successful and attracted a large number of high-quality research papers from graduate students in a range of disciplines. In 2014 we have decided to retain the same format in order to build on last year’s success and continue to foster vigorous discussions within the field of cultural studies. For more information see our 2013 call for papers.
The first stand-alone interdisciplinary Ph.D. in cultural studies in the United States, the program at George Mason draws on the expertise of faculty in ten disciplines, centers, and programs. Special strengths of the program include gender/sexuality, film and media, and cultural and political economy. Available concentrations run the gamut of cultural topics: African-American studies, early modern literatures, Latin American modernities, contemporary museum studies, and popular culture.