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Late July Newsletter: Crash Course CFP, #mapaca19 Info, and More!

This is the late July MAPACA Newsletter. The next conference is November 7-9, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA).

In this newsletter, we have

  • The CFP for our Crash Course

  • Information about #mapaca19

  • Look for your proposal responses

  • Registration for #mapaca19 will be open soon!

Special Session - Call for Proposals High-Density Popular Culture Crash Course

MAPACA seeks proposals for a special session at the 2019 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. You can also choose to only present during this session.)

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. For instance:

  • Disney’s live-action remakes of animated features

  • The sudden dominance of Tik Tok

  • The US Women’s Soccer Team

  • Deep fakes

  • The five year gap in the MCU

  • Zombies!

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 Dr. Tom Grochowski:

Deadline: September 8, 2018

Information about #mapaca19

This year, our conference will be in Pittsburgh, PA on November 7-9 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel. Book your room with our special conference rate here.

Pittsburgh Information

For information about events and food in Pittsburgh, please see Visit Pittsburgh’s website. Pittsburgh has a lot of great museums and restaurants, offers inexpensive public transport options throughout the region, and is also serviced by Lyft and Uber.

Proposal Responses

You should have received your Area Chair’s response to your #mapaca19 proposal by now. If you don’t see one, don’t forget to check your spam filter, and whitelist so that all of your MAPACA messages go into your inbox instead of your junk folder.


Registration for this year’s conference will begin soon! Keep an eye on the newsletters and at

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P.O. Box 25033 Philadelphia, PA 19147-0033

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