There have been a few exciting updates for our 2014 conference in Thessaloniki, Greece.
We’re pleased to announce the distinguished members of our Scientific/Peer Review Committee:
- Eric Selinger
- Lisa Fletcher
- John Storey
- Celestino Deleyto
- Lynne Pearce
- William Gleason
Our keynote speaker is Deborah Jermyn, who will be giving a talk entitled The New Romantics?: Meryl Streep, contemporary romcom and the ‘graying’ of Hollywood cinema.
Hsu-Ming Teo will be giving a plenary speech on her recent book, Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels.
If you haven’t done so yet, please check out our Call for Proposals. We hope to see you there!
An August 12, 2013 piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education recently drew attention to IASPR and JPRS, and to the rich web of academic connections between us and other emerging venues for the study of love in global media. The article primarily focused on the Popular Romance Project, a cross-platform adventure in public scholarship that has already received just over $900,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities; as the article explains, the project includes
four major components: a Web site developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, at George Mason University; a conference planned for Valentine’s Day 2015 at the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book; a nationwide series of library events sponsored by the American Library Association; and a documentary film, Love Between the Covers, being shot by Laurie Kahn, whose previous work includes the well-received documentaries Tupperware! and A Midwife’s Tale.
Several members of IASPR / JPRS are scholarly advisors for the Popular Romance Project, including our founder, Sarah S. G. Frantz, our current president, Pamela Regis, and our journal editor, Eric Selinger, who also edits the “Talking About Romance” blog at the Popular Romance Project’s website.
In the spring of 2009, Sarah S. G. Frantz founded the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance and its companion journal, the Journal of Popular Romance Studies. After four remarkable years, marked by four international conferences, six issues of JPRS, and a co-edited volume (New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction: Critical Essays), Sarah is stepping down from the presidency of IASPR, taking up a new position as Acquisition Editor for Riptide Publishing. (She is also a freelance romance editor and BDSM consultant at Alphabet Editing.)
We are happy to announce that Pamela Regis, formerly the Vice President of IASPR, will be assuming the Presidency of the organization. She is joined by two new officers as Vice-Presidents, An Goris and Jayashree Kamble, and by Chryssa Sharp as Treasurer. The Conference Chairs for our upcoming international conferences will be Betty Kaklamanidou (2014, Thessaloniki), Crystal Goldman (2016, San Jose), and Margaret Toscano (2018, Salt Lake City); in the interim years, IASPR will work with other organizations to foster scholarly panels and presentations on popular romance media at national and international gatherings sponsored by other organizations.
We thank Sarah for her vision and guidance, and we look forward to announcing more additions to the roster of IASPR board members and officers in the weeks to come.