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Early May MAPACA Newsletter: Our CFP, a New Area Announcement, and More!

This is the early May MAPACA newsletter. Our next conference is November 10-12 in Princeton, NJ.

In This Newsletter, We Have:

  • Our Call for Papers for the 2022 Annual Conference

  • Our Statement on Covid

  • New Area Announcement: Poetry and Poetry Studies

  • True Crime Area Call for Proposals

2022 Call for Papers

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

2022 Annual Conference

November 10-12, 2022

Princeton, NJ — Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2022 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 Thursday, June 30, 2022.

MAPACA’s participants 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 multidisciplinary 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

Covid Statement:

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2022 conference this November. The Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. Check the MAPACA website at or follow MAPACA on Twitter @mapacanet or Facebook for the latest information.

New Area — Poetry and Poetry Studies:

MAPACA is happy to announce a new area that is accepting proposals for the 2022 conference: Poetry and Poetry Studies!

The Poetry and Poetry Studies area examines all aspects of poetry, including critical perspectives on poetic craft and creative readings of original works. This area encourages diverse and interdisciplinary approaches that expand our understanding of poetry’s impact on modern culture, and proposals are welcome to explore numerous styles and subgenres of poetry, such as ecopoetics, spoken word, language poetry, received forms, and others. From Amanda Gorman reciting “The Hill We Climb” at the presidential inauguration, to the video game Elegy for a Dead World, where players are tasked with writing their own poems to reflect on the game’s contents, poetry persists as a mode to think through and speak to the contemporary moment. This area welcomes submissions on all the ways poetry does so from established scholars, current students, and all other serious readers and writers of poetry.

True Crime Area Call for Proposals:

The True Crime Area is accepting proposals for the 2022 conference!

The True Crime area invites papers and presentations on all aspects of True Crime, including but not limited to nonfiction stories of crimes across a range of media such as podcasts, film/documentaries, and television. Papers may deal with particular case narratives, psychology of a crime, or investigative journalism as it pertains to True Crime. We recognize the interdisciplinarity of the True Crime genre, and also welcome submissions that explore topics such as gender/demographics of audiences, perpetrators or victims; sensationalizing high profile cases; criminology, victimology, and forensics; wrongful convictions and advocacy; prevention of crime and survivor stories; crimes against POC, indigenous groups, or marginalized peoples; and more. Presentations should be aware of and respectful to victims and their families as applicable to the specific topic being explored.

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

P.O. Box 1358

Lansdowne, PA 19050

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