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Early June Newsletter: Please Take Our Survey for #mapaca2020, a Call for a Chair for African and African-American Studies, a CFP from Response, and More!

This is the early June 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, with a Survey Link

  • Call for Area Chair in African and African-American Studies

  • Our 2020 CFP

  • Information about #mapaca2020

  • CFP and Call for Peer Reviewers from Response

Current statement about #mapaca2020 and COVID-19, with a Survey Link

MAPACA’s board continues to monitor COVID-19 pandemic developments. The Annual Meeting is currently scheduled to take place November 5-7, 2020 at Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, in Princeton, New Jersey. At this time, we are gathering feedback from potential registrants about the likelihood and ability to attend the conference. As always, our goal is to safeguard the interests of our members and our association now and for years to come.

This is where you can help! We’ve designed a short and confidential survey. It asks how likely you now are to attend an in-person conference in November 2020 and what factors are most affecting your decision. Please complete this survey by Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Please click here to take the survey, which should take less than five minutes. Thank you!

Call for Area Chair in African and African-American Studies

As we stated in our Commitment to Anti-Racism, MAPACA is working to start a new area in African and African-American Studies, and we are recruiting an Area Chair to lead the new area. If you or someone you know is interested, please email

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 conference attendees are 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.

Call for *Response

Response: The Journal of Popular and American Culture is soliciting submissions for the Fall 2020 issue. As the journal for the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) we are interested in representing culture broadly speaking: see our list of areas for examples. Along with traditional peer-reviewed articles, our open-access online format allows us to publish non-traditional pieces — such as roundtables and narrated presentations — as well as a variety of reviews. See our cfp for more information. Submissions should be submitted by the end of June to

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