MAPACA

Mid-Atlantic Popular &
American Culture Association

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Religion and Popular and/or American Culture

Area chair

Pamela A Detrixhe (Temple University)

This area investigates the interaction between religion and popular culture and/or religion in American cultures.

“Religion” here is broadly defined and includes the official and vernacular, sacred texts and spaces, practices and performances, identities, materiality and more.

“American” refers to all the Americas.

We are interested not only in how religion inhabits products of popular and/or American cultures (in literature, film, television, social media, music, fashion, public ceremonies, implicit religion, and so forth) but also in how religious sensibilities may inform popular and/or American cultural productions and the ways in which religion makes use of popular and/or American cultures.

The area is open to scholarship on any religious tradition or historical era.

You are invited to propose individual papers, performance pieces, a full panel, or a roundtable discussion. If you have any questions or want to sound out ideas, please contact the area chair using the link provided on this page.

Call for papers: 

This year the area specifically invites papers about the Rev. Billy Graham who passed away, February 21, 2018. Billy Graham’s iconic performances in the civil religion of the united states begs commentary from the perspectives of popular and American culture.

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