Eric Curry, Dr. Jason Tatlock, Tannie Arnsdorff, and Victoria Do

Popular/American Culture Association in the South Conference

The 2013 Popular/American Culture Association in the South Conference


The Popular Culture Association in the South and The American Culture Association in the South hosted their annual conference in Savannah, Georgia at the Marriot Riverfront, on October 3-5, 2013.  The conference played host to presentations from a varying array of academic fields and professions all interested in the study of popular aspects within our culture.

Dr. Tatlock and three of his Armstrong students composed a panel on popular conceptualizations of human sacrifice in a variety of media for the 2013 conference.  During a course on topics in Middle Eastern history, human sacrifice, the course centered on the historical and theoretical aspects of human sacrifice with a focus on Near Eastern history.  When given the chance to prepare a conference paper on popular culture, the students used their knowledge from the course to research separate areas within popular culture that are all intrinsically tied to the history of human sacrifice.  The result was a panel that discussed everything from Herodotus, black metal music, and the beloved Harry Potter series within the context of ritual killings.  The panel received close to thirty minutes of questions and discussion combined.

All of the students received individual Undergraduate Research Grants that covered their conference registration cost, membership with the PCAS and ACAS, and research materials. 

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