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MAPACA Early July 2017 News: Registration Information, Special Events, & #mapaca17

This is MAPACA’s Early July 2017 newsletter. The next conference is November 9-11, 2017 (Philadelphia, PA).


Discounted early registration for the 2017 MAPACA conference opens July 21. The early registration period runs until August 14. Please visit for more about registration prices and details. And, while you are there, please be sure to complete or update your profile.


Truly a City of Brotherly Love: The Garces Foundation Roundtable

Join us on Thursday (11/9) at 4:45 pm for a session immediately before the DIA Q&A with Chef Garces where an interdisciplinary panel will come together to talk about immigration, activism, health, and education. A staff member from the foundation will be on hand to answer questions about their work. Feel free to bring questions for the participants.

Jose Garces is best known for his culinary expertise, but he has also leveraged his celebrity status to benefit the underserved in Philadelphia. Chef Garces and his wife, Dr. Beatriz Garces, created the Garces Foundation to work with immigrants in the city of Philadelphia to improve their access to healthcare and education. They use their connections in the restaurant industry and in the healthcare community to ensure that immigrants have access to ESL classes and health/dental clinics.

#mapaca17 SPECIAL SESSION — CALL FOR PROPOSALS: High-Density Popular Culture Crash Course

MAPACA seeks proposals for a special session at this year’s 28th annual conference. (Please note that due to the nature of this special session, presenters are allowed to participate in both this session and other conventional panels.)

Panel Overview:

This high-density session will feature several 5-minute micro-presentations about current popular culture topics in a “crash course” about new and interesting phenomena. Since many attendees often spend the majority of their conference time attending presentations related to only one or a few areas, this special session will offer a chance to learn about a diverse range of topics meant to inform popular culture scholars beyond their specific research interests.


Proposals will be selected based on merit and diversity of topics. An ideal topic will be: current, significant, interesting, and the sort of thing people talk about before class/at parties/on social media. Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • The maturation of the comic book movie
  • “#coffeve”
  • Wonder Woman
  • The latest from the Star Wars Branding Empire
  • Lemonade & 4:44
  • Know Your Memes

How to Submit:

  • Email a brief biography and a 75-word proposal that includes a presentation title, explanation of the topic, and identification of significance for contemporary popular culture research. Please include this information in the body of your email, not as an attachment.
  • Email to Dr. Tom Grochowski: [email protected]
  • Deadline: September 1, 2017

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