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Texting Obama Conference

Texting Obama: Politics/Poetics/Popular Culture

7-10 September 2010

Barack Obama’s presidency is widely seen as the beginning of a new era, not only in world politics but also in global culture, with the present increasingly glossed as the ‘Age of Obama’. The conference will ask what the terms of this naming might mean by addressing the diverse range of representational forms attached to Obama in contemporary world culture – as a person, icon and phenomenon. The conference will map and explore the specific historical, political and cultural climates in which Obama(’s) texts operate. It will interrogate the signifiers, signs and processes that circulate around Barack Obama, and explore his own contributions and interventions across diverse media.

A collection of 14 essays from the conference will be published as a double special issue of Comparative American Studies (volume 10, issues 2-3) in 2012. For further information on this publication please contact or check out