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May Newsletter: Our Current COVID-19 Statement, 2019 Award Winners, a New Area, and More!

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

In this newsletter, we have

  • Current statement about #mapaca2020 and COVID-19

  • Our 2020 Call for Papers

  • Information about #mapaca2020

  • Announcement of our 2019 MAPACA Award Winners

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

  • Introducing Gothic Studies

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 Twitter and Facebook.

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

Information about #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.

Announcement of our 2019 MAPACA Award Winners

The Ralph Donald Award recognizes an outstanding paper and presentation delivered at the MAPACA conference.

This year’s Donald Award winners are:

  • Amy DeWitt and Heidi Hanrahan, “The Asylum is Waiting for you: Analyzing Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum’s ‘Criminally Insane’ Tour.”

The Daniel Walden Prize is awarded annually to graduate and undergraduate students to recognize emerging scholars in popular culture.

The Walden graduate student winner is:

  • Olivia Stowell, “A Good Soul and Handsome Too: Aladdin, Pochahontas and the Reproduction of Cultural Power.”

The Walden undergraduate student winner is:

  • Charlotte Kane, “Under the Influence: How Instagram Propagates Eating Disorders.”

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 Gothic Studies

We are pleased to announce another new area that you can propose a paper to for #mapaca2020: Gothic Studies. For more information, please see

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