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MAPACA Late July 2017 News: Registration Issue, Special Session, Crash Course, & #mapaca17

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

#mapaca17 REGISTRATION ISSUE

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we work out an issue with online registration. Early Registration will now open Tuesday August 1st at 9am EST. Please visit mapaca.net for more about registration prices and details. And, while you are there, please be sure to complete or update your mapaca.net profile.

#mapaca17 SPECIAL SESSION: Theatre Games!

Be on the lookout for a special conference session co-sponsored by the Play Studies and Musical Theatre Areas. This special session will give you a chance to free your mind through play and to interact with your colleagues in new ways! Join theatre games historian Jason Scott, play scholar and educational theatre professor Nan Smithner, and play scholar and performer Erin Heisel as they lead the group through several games, exploring the sometimes unusual spaces and places these games take place in and the ways we all can benefit from making time in our lives for play.

#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.

Topics: 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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