Darkness has always been defined in binary opposition to light. As Toni Morrison puts it in Playing in the Dark (1992): “Whiteness, alone, is mute, meaningless, unfathomable, pointless, frozen, veiled, curtained, dreaded, senseless, implacable.” While darkness and light are mutually constitutive, the threshold between the two is ambivalent; it is blurry and changing. In addition to its symbolic dimensions, the darkness-vs.-light binary can also be taken literally: the early settlers feared the dark while electricity effectively banished darkness from cities, for example. The dark may be rife with danger, a metaphorical space of erasure, and a tool of obfuscation, but at the same time, the dark may provide protection, a space for subversion, and a place of beauty.
In view of the multiple meanings of darkness in the American imagination, we invite papers on topics including—but not limited to:
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: JUNE 11, 2023 (notification of acceptance by the end of June)
Popmec accepts abstract proposals for individual presentations (≈ 300 words) or full panels (3-4 presenters, ≈ 250-word description of panel plus abstracts of all papers). Please, email your proposal to email@example.com as a single attachment (.doc, .docx, .odt) including name, affiliation (if any), and contact email.
The conference will take place virtually, tentatively on 4-8 September 2023. Since Popmec expect that presenters from all across the globe will participate in the conference, real-time presentations will take place indicatively between 4PM and 9PM Central European Summer Time.
The organizers may decide to pursue a publication project based on the conference.