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Early August Newsletter: Early Registration, #mapaca19 Highlights, and More!

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

In this newsletter, we have

  • Early Registration is live!

  • Information about registering for #mapaca19

  • Highlights of #mapaca19

  • The CFP for our Crash Course

  • Walden and Donald Award winners from #mapaca18

Early Registration for #mapaca19 is live!

Registration is required to attend and/or present at this year’s conference. You can now register with our early bird rate for this year’s conference at The early registration fees are a good savings from regular registration and a significant savings from late registration, so register today! Early Registration runs through 11:59pm on August 14. The final deadline for registration is October 1.

Registration Information

Dinner at #mapaca19:

When you register for the conference, you can make a reservation for our annual meeting and dinner at no additional cost. You may also purchase a dinner reservation for a guest who is not registered for the conference.

However, please help MAPACA keep conference costs low and avoid food waste by reserving your spot at dinner only if you have firm plans to attend our dinner meeting on Friday night. If you do not know your dinner plans, please do not order a dinner reservation at registration. If your plans change, please email by October 1st to either be added to or to be removed from the reservation list.

Need Help with Registration?

Can’t remember what you ordered or if you are registered? Your 2019 registration status is indicated in your profile. If you purchased your own registration, program, tour, etc. you can also log in and look at your orders in your profile. You can also print invoices from your profile. If someone else purchased your registration or if you need to purchase a printed program or change your dinner plans please contact

Hotel Information for #mapaca19

Reserve your room in the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center! Conference rate rooms will go fast. Use this link to book your room or call 877-645-3553. Reservations by attendees must be received on or before 10/16/2019 to be guaranteed the conference rate. Reservations made after that date are subject to availability and are not guaranteed the conference rate.

Highlights of #mapaca19

In the newsletters leading up to this year’s conference, we will highlight interesting panels and events!

Film Studies

Film Studies is presenting a panel of undergraduate students, and would love as many people as possible to support these young scholars presenting their work on Taika Watiti, The Wonders, Baby Driver, and Real Women Have Curves. For more information, please see:

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

Walden and Donald Award Winner Announcements

MAPACA is delighted to announce the winners of the Daniel Walden Prize and the Ralph Donald Award from the 2018 conference.

The graduate student winner of this year’s Walden prize is 2018 Samantha Przybylowicz, a doctoral student at Northeastern University, for her paper “From Tess to Aileen: Gendered Rhetoric and Masculiniziation of Murderesses, 19th Century to Present. ”

The winner of this year’s Donald award is Kate Koppy, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Marymount University, for her essay “Old Wine in New Wineskins: Fairy Tale Pastiche on Film.”

Winners receive complimentary registration to this year’s conference and an opportunity to publish their papers in Response.

Congratulations to our winners, and see you in Pittsburgh!

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