Brisbane, Australia: August 13-14, 2009

The International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR)

University of Queensland

Queensland University of Technology

DePaul University

Romance Writers of America

Samhain Publishing

and others

are proud to sponsor

An International Conference

For decades, scholars have studied representations of romantic love in popular media: novels, films, magazines, comics, advertisements, and elsewhere. They have studied its sexual politics and aesthetic structures, its audiences, its authors, and the industry that produces and distributes it world-wide. For the most part, however, they have done so in isolation, divided by boundaries of nation, genre, and academic discipline.

On August 13-14, 2009, the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology will host “Popular Romance Studies: an International Conference,” to be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Romance Writers of Australia. Scholars from Australia, the United States, and elsewhere will convene for this event, which will take place on the QUT campus (Thursday) and at the University of Queensland’s Fryer Library, home to a remarkable archival collection of Australian romance materials.   Papers have already been accepted on romance websites in China, Japanese romance manga, Italian romanzo rosa, and the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer; we are eager to expand the range of talks both geographically and in terms of the media discussed.

A Call for Papers can be found on this site, along with information about conference registration and lodging in Brisbane. Full-time faculty from the United States may apply for partial travel support from a generous grant by the Romance Writers of America; contact Eric Selinger at DePaul University in Chicago for details. (Contact information is on the Call for Papers page.) 

This is the inaugural conference of IASPR, the new International Association for the Study of Popular Romance.  The best papers from the conference will be published in the inaugural issue of JPRS: the Journal for Popular Romance Studies, a peer-reviewed on-line journal to be published by IASPR beginning in February, 2010.

Subpages (1): Call for Papers