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Early June Newsletter: Deadline Reminder, Response Call, and More!

This is the early June 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 participants from Disability Studies and Professional Development for a round table discussion at this year’s MAPACA conference in Baltimore

  • A call for papers from Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship

  • Our general call for papers for this year’s MAPACA conference in Baltimore

  • A request for badge holders

Deadline Reminder:

Don’t forget that our deadline to propose to this year’s conference is June 30! That’s just a few weeks away, and we can’t wait to see what you propose!

Special Call for Participants: Round Table on Disability and Teaching Best Practices

Together, the Disability Studies and Professional Development areas are soliciting participants for a round table discussion on teaching best practices and disability. This will be a co-sponsored round table at the 2018 MAPACA conference in Baltimore (November 8- 10, 2018). The goals of this round table are to discuss issues such as (but not limited to):

  • How can we best serve our students with disabilities?

  • How can accessibility benefit all of our students?

  • What are some things that have worked best for you? (Give us your tips and tricks!)

  • How can we use campus resources?

  • How can we work together as instructors to best serve our students with disabilities?

For more information about participating, please contact Meredith Guthrie at or Rebecca Stone Gordon at by June 29.

Call for Papers by Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship

We are pleased to invite contributors to submit work to MAPACA’s publication: Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship. We publish two issues a year, in Fall (November) and Spring (June).

This journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed publication; we make every effort to tailor and develop content that takes advantages of the possibilities of digital publication. As such, we solicit work that sometimes goes outside the “traditional” print-based form of scholarship.

We soliciting various kinds of scholarship and criticism representing our organization’s more than forty Areas.

  • Traditional peer-reviewed articles (5000-8000 words)

  • A “Round Table” discussion on a specific subject, including perspective from three or more scholars. (2500-4000 words) If you are interested in this, please contact us for suggestions on how to facilitate, moderate, and produce this discussion.

  • Publication / production / event / exhibit reviews (1500-3000 words)

  • An extended editorial or review about the state of your field and/or notable recent development in your area – a “State of the Union” for your area. (3000-4500 words)

  • An in-depth interview with a notable figure in your field (2000-3500 words, or a podcast/ recording of 10-20 minutes)

  • Scholarship Based in New Media – Do you have a dynamic narrated photo essay or video project? A ‘TED talk’-type lecture or presentation that is suitable for MAPACA? Let us know if you think that you can showcase your scholarship and research in new media platforms.

If you have material you would like our editorial team to consider, you may send either a completed article/review or a brief proposal/description of your project to We accept proposals on a rolling basis for our Fall (November) and Spring (June) issues.

We will accept completed submissions written according to any commonly accepted style guidelines (MLA, Chicago, APA, etc.) However, if your article is accepted for publication, we will expect you to furnish a draft of your article using Chicago/endnote citation format.

MAPACA 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 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

Request for Name Badge Holders

Do you have plastic name badge holders left over from other events? Please bring them to #mapaca18 in November! We would love to help you reuse and recycle these badge holders, and the person who brings the most to the registration desk will receive a small prize! Thank you for helping us help the environment!

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