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Late August Newsletter: Regular Registration is Here, Call for Reviews, #mapaca19, and More!

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

In this newsletter, we have

  • Regular registration for #mapaca19 has begun

  • Information about #mapaca19

  • The CFP for our Crash Course

  • A Call for Reviews from Response

Regular Registration for #mapaca19 Has Begun

Registration is required to attend and/or present at this year’s conference. You can register at Our regular registration period lasts until 11:59pm on September 14, after which rates will go up! The final date for registration is October 1.

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 at If you purchased your own registration, program, tour, etc. you can 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 or call 877-645-3553 to book your room. 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.

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

Call for Reviews from Response

Response is soliciting reviews for the Fall 2019 issue. We accept reviews of any and all works of and on popular culture including books (scholarly and non); movies and tv shows; and events such as concerts, festivals, and museum exhibits. We’ve even published a review of Hurricane Florence! You can see examples of the breadth of our reviews at

For consideration, please submit a complete draft (1500 - 3000 words) of your review to by September 21st.

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

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

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