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Early April Newsletter: Our Current Statement about COVID-19, Our 2020 CFP, Special Panels, and More!

This is the early April MAPACA Newsletter. The next conference is November 5-7, 2020 (Princeton NJ).

In this newsletter, we have

  • Our current statement about #mapaca2020 and COVID-19

  • Our 2020 Call for Papers

  • Hotel Information for #mapaca2020

  • A call for an Area Chair for African and African-American Studies

  • Special #mapaca2020 panels

  • Introducing the Asian and Asian-American Studies and True Crime Areas

Current statement about #mapaca2020 and COVID-19

We know that you have many questions and concerns about our conference in light of the COVID-19 virus. Despite the uncertainty, there is no reason not to submit your proposal. The MAPACA Board is monitoring the situation closely and are working on contingency plans, and as of now we are planning to have the conference as scheduled. We will keep you apprised of any news both here in the newsletter and in our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

2020 Call for Papers

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) 2020 Annual Conference November 5-7, 2020 Princeton, NJ — Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference in Princeton, NJ. Single papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative formats are welcome.

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 Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

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 information, visit

Hotel Information for #mapaca2020

MAPACA 2020 will be held at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal with FREE self-parking. We will have more information about how to book your room with the conference rate later this year. We will also have information about transportation in and around the area beginning in our October newsletter.

Call for Area Chair in African and African-American Studies

Are you a scholar who works in African and/or African-American Studies? We want YOU to chair our new area! MAPACA is actively recruiting for an Area Chair for our brand-new area in African and African-American Studies. If you’re interested, please email

Introducing Two New Areas

We are pleased to announce that we have two new areas that you can submit proposals to for #mapaca2020:

Special Panels at #mapaca2020

Medieval and Renaissance is going to have a special panel in tribute to the late, great Terry Jones. Watch this space for more information and how you can submit a proposal!

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