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Extra: Early Bird Registration is now open!

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

In this newsletter, we have

  • Early Bird Registration is open

  • Look for your proposal responses

  • The CFP for our Crash Course

Early Bird Registration for #mapaca19 is open

Don’t miss out on our lowest registration rates of the year! Early Bird Registration lasts until August 14, so register at NOW! Registration fees get higher with Regular Registration, and higher yet with Late Registration, so save money while you can.

If you’re going to be at the conference on Friday, don’t forget to sign up for our dinner. The dinner is included in your registration fee, but you have to reserve your spot when you register to attend!

While you are at it, feel free to go ahead and book your hotel room — we got a great conference rate for you! This year, our conference will be in Pittsburgh, PA on November 7-9 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel.

Look for your proposal responses

Have you received your proposal response yet? All of our responses have been sent, so if you have not heard back about your proposal, here’s what to do:

  1. Check your email’s spam filters: Because they are sent out by our website, sometimes our responses get caught in your email’s spam filters. You can add “” to your whitelist to avoid this (This means you’ll make sure to get all of our newsletters, too!)

  2. Go to and login to your account. Click on your profile page if you don’t go there automatically when you login. There, you’ll see a section called “Conference Links.” Under that, you’ll see a link for “Conference Content.” You will see your approved #mapaca19 content here.

  3. When all else fails, contact your Area Chair! They’re happy to help.

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.)

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

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

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

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