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MAPACA Early August 2017 News: Registration, Preliminary Program, Student Workers, & more!

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


Early discounted registration for the 2017 MAPACA conference is open. The early discounted registration period runs until August 14. Please visit for more about registration prices and details. Once registered, conference attendees can use the Ride and Room Share forum on to coordinate travel plans. And, while you are there, please be sure to complete or update your profile.


Conference participants can access a draft version of the program indicating the date and time of their session. Presenters should login to, go to their profile, click on conference content, and add their session to their personal schedules. Once scheduled, presenters will be able to see their session. Please note, this is a tentative schedule subject to change without notice. Participants are encouraged to periodically check for changes in the schedule prior to making travel arrangements. A final schedule is expected to be released in early October.


MAPACA seeks undergraduate and graduate students to work the conference registration desk. If you are a student interested in volunteering or want to learn more about compensation contact [email protected].

#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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