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Late May 2018 Newsletter: CFP Deadlines, Special Session, and Congratulations!

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

In this newsletter, we have:

  • A deadline reminder

  • A Special Call for Papers from LGBTQ Studies Area and the Television Area for the 2018 MAPACA Conference

  • The announcement of our Walden and Donald Award winners

  • Our General Call for Papers for the 2018 MAPACA Conference

  • Congratulations for board members Anna Brecke and Quincy Thomas

Deadline Reminder:

Please remember that the deadline to propose a paper, panel, or roundtable for the 2018 MAPACA conference in Baltimore, MD is June 30th! That’s just a little bit more than a month away, and we can’t wait to see what you propose!

Special Call for Papers: LGBTQ-Television Panel

Together, the Television area and the LGBTQ Studies area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association seek proposals for a co-sponsored panel at the 2018 conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

We invite papers that examine any aspect of the relationship between television and the LGBTQ community. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Will & Grace, revivals
  • Pose, the Ryan Murphy empire
  • Riverdale, queerbaiting and youth culture
  • When We Rise, social movements on television
  • Queer Eye, makeover shows in the Trump era
  • Black Lightning, intersections of race, gender and sexuality
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, intersecting femininity and masculinity
  • Historical perspectives of LGBT representation on television
  • Mainstream trends and media “gaystreaming”
  • Television advertising and LGBT audiences
  • The impact of streaming on the LGBT genre
  • Queer characters and narratives
  • Representation and stereotypes

All theoretical viewpoints and methodologies are welcome.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

To submit your proposal, visit

You may submit your paper to either Television or LGBTQ Studies (not both) for your paper to be considered for inclusion in the co-sponsored panel. Please note your desire to submit to the co-sponsored panel in your submission.

For questions, contact: Candice Roberts, [email protected]

Congratulations to our Walden and Donald Award winners!

Walden Awards Winners:

Graduate Award: Miranda Hajduk (Seton Hall University), “This is what it means to be a wolf”: Monstrosity and Gender in ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Marie de France’s “Bisclavaret” (Medieval / Renaissance)

Undergraduate Award: Jennifer Brown (Arcadia University), Satirizing the Supercrip: Disability in The Antagonists (Science Fiction/ Fantasy)

The Walden Prize for Graduate and Undergraduate Papers is awarded annually to an outstanding emerging scholar in popular culture studies. Walden Prize awardees receive recognition, an honorarium, and complimentary registration for the upcoming conference.

Donald Award Winner:

Delores B. Phillips (Old Dominion University), “The Struggle at the Intersection” (Food Studies)

The Ralph Donald Award recognizes an outstanding paper and presentation delivered at MAPACA’s annual conference. This award is named in honor of Ralph Donald, who joined the MAPACA board in 1990 and served as The Almanack’s founding editor.

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 mapaca at mapaca dot net. 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. 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.”

For more info, visit

Congratulations to board members Anna Brecke and Quincy Thomas on earning their Ph.D.s!

Anna Brecke works on our board as the VP of Awards and is the co-area chair of Women’s and Feminist studies. Anna was just awarded her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island for her dissertation “Widening the Sphere”: Mid-to-late Victorian Popular Fiction, Gender Representation, and Canonicity.

Quincy Thomas is a member of our advisory board and chairs the Comics, Cartoons, and Video Gaming Area. Quincy was just awarded his Ph.D. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University for his dissertation Lycra, Legs, and Legitimacy: Performances of Feminine Power in Twentieth Century American Popular Culture.

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