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Late March 2018 MAPACA Newsletter

This is the late March 2018 MAPACA newsletter. The next conference is November 8-10, 2018 (Baltimore, MD).

2018 Call for Papers

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

29th Annual Conference

November 8-10, 2018

Baltimore, MD – Lord Baltimore Hotel

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference in Baltimore, MD. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are permitted.

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 [email protected]. The deadline for submission is Saturday, June 30, 2018.

We are pleased to return to Baltimore, MD for the 29th annual Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture (MAPACA) conference. The conference will take place at the Lord Baltimore hotel Lord Baltimore Hotel. Information on conference room rates and registration will be posted in Summer 2018.

MAPACA’s membership is comprised of college and university faculty, independent scholars and artists, and graduate and undergraduate students. MAPACA is an inclusive professional organization dedicated to the study of popular and American culture in all their multi-disciplinary manifestations. It is a regional division of the Popular Culture and American Culture Association, which, in the words of Popular Culture Association founder Ray Browne, is a “multi-disciplinary association interested in new approaches to the expressions, mass media and all other phenomena of everyday life.”

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Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

P.O. Box 25033

Philadelphia, PA 19147-0033

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New MAPACA President

We are pleased to announce the election of Dr. Mary Behrman as our new President. Mary Behrman started attending MAPACA after seeing Spamalot more times than she cares to admit and, consequently, deciding to write a paper about it. Having never been to a popular-culture conference before, she found the wide array of topics fascinating. Thus, she kept coming back to the conference, eventually serving as the co-chair of the Medieval/Renaissance Area with Diana Vecchio and working as a member of MAPACA’s board. Prior to becoming the president of MAPACA, Mary represented the area chairs as the VP of Areas. As someone who loves Henry James, Chaucer, and all writers who make students shudder, she remains tickled by her involvement in MAPACA and, particularly, her new position. Mary looks forward to continuing the hard work of MAPACA’s past presidents and to converting others, like herself, to the wonders of pop culture. She can’t wait to see everyone at MAPACA’s annual conference in Baltimore! We warmly welcome Mary to her new position.

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