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9) "The American West and Its Representation in Media and the Visual Arts" "
Panel Chair: Ángel Chaparro Sainz, Universidad del País Vasco
E-mail: angel.chaparro@ehu.eus  


The American West has been traditionally associated with a mythic and romanticized vision that is still the pervading image for many, both insiders and outsiders to the region. Recent revisionist approaches have been celebrated in academia and in the arts, vindicating a region and a culture that prove to be complex and manifold, "in constant state of flux" (Steiner 17); a region that needs to be understood "as always already transnational, a more routed and complex rendition" (Campbell 4).

Scholarly explorations of the American West are eventually implemented by studying how culture has filtered the mythic imagery and the more realistic representations of the region, its people and its history. As Nicholas Witschi has stated, "a wide array of genres have proven useful in imagining the West" (7). It is not only movies and books that become representative cultural assets to develop our academic ruminations on the American West. Some genres, arenas and vehicles have been neglected, which is why in this panel we propose a different approach to the American West by inviting scholarship that observes the use and/or representation of the American West, whether as an ideal or a realistic setting, from a mythical or a realistic perspective, seen from an American or an international perspective, in cultural productions such as TV series and shows, mass media, advertising, graphic novels, music aesthetics, photography and/or arts.

The following list suggests a variety of possible topics but other approaches are welcome:

  • The American West in mass media
  • TV Shows/Series/Cartoons and Western American themes and/or aesthetics
  • Graphic novels and the American West
  • Western themes and/or aesthetics in graphic novels and/or comics
  • Western aesthetics in music and music videos
  • The American West and photography
  • The American West and painting
  • The American West and performance art





Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

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SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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