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2017 Annual Conference

Please click here for a PDF version of the 2017 Conference Program.

November 9-11, 2017 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown

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2017 Conference Registration Fees are listed here.

The annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) returns to Philadelphia. The conference will take place at the newly renovated Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown.

Hotel reservations for the Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown are available at


MAPACA is proud to announce the 2017 Divine Impact Award winner Chef Jose Garces. Chef Garces is an award winning chef, author, and restaurateur with a strong connection to the Philadelphia area. Chef Garces’ culinary success as a James Beard Award winner and his work on the hit Food Network show Iron Chef America are complemented by his work with the Garces Foundation, a nonprofit that provides health and educational services to Philadelphia’s immigrant community. Chef Garces’ passion for Latin culinary traditions shines in his two cookbooks, The Latin Road Home and Latin Evolution.

Chef Garces will receive the 2017 DIA and participate in a Q&A at the conference on Thursday November 9th. A reception will follow.

Call for papers: 


Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference in Philadelphia, PA. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

Proposals should take the form of 300-word abstracts, and may only be submitted to one appropriate area. For a list of areas and area chair contact information, visit General questions can be directed to mapaca at mapaca dot net. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 30, 2017. For more info, visit

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