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>Date: January 5, 2002 1:04 PM >From: Stefan K. Cieply <email@example.com> I am seeking proposals for the ASA 2002 conference to be held in Houston, TX this coming November. The panel, tentatively titled "Our Country, Our Culture" 50 Years Later", is interested in exploring the intellectual, theoretical and political legacies of the so-called Mass Culture debates of the 1950s. In short, what value do the impassioned cultural and political analyses of such figures as Mills, McCarthy, Macdonald, Trilling (Lionel and Diana), Howe, and so on hold for us fifty years later? How have the theoretical interventions of the past thirty years, the experience of Vietnam and the New Left, and the rise of a free market conservatism altered or reaffirmed our readings of this debate? Furthermore, how have the various movements concerned with the cultural politics of identity challenged our understanding of the writings of a group of white, urban intellectuals? Finally, how has the historiography and analysis of the debate by such figures as Richard Pells, Andrew Ross, James Gilbert, Alan Wald, etc. set the terms for the study of the debate? Please send a one-page vita and a 250-300 word proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by JANUARY 18th. Stefan K. Cieply Ph.D. Candidate University of Maryland, College Park <email@example.com>