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Early April Newsletter - Call for Proposals and Award Winners!

This is the early April MAPACA newsletter. Our next conference is November 9-11 in Philadelphia PA.

In This Newsletter, We Have:

  • Our Call for Papers for the 2023 Annual Conference

  • The Ralph Donald Award and the Daniel Walden Prize Winners

2023 Call for Papers

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

2023 Annual Conference

November 9-11

Philadelphia, PA

Sonesta Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia (conference hotel booking information to come)

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2023 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference in Philadelphia, PA. 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 June 30, 2023.

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

Ralph Donald Award and Daniel Walden Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2022 conference awards, The Ralph Donald Award and the Daniel Walden Prize. Winners will have their papers published in Response, our online journal of popular and American culture.

Our Ralph Donald Award winner is Brittany, Tomin, for the paper “Destructive Imaginaries: Catalyzing Critical Hope in Youth.”

The winner of the Daniel Walden prize for graduate students is Allyson Wierenga, for the paper “How Were You Cured If None of the Others Were?”: Transcending Bodies in The Two Princesses of Bamarre and the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The Ralph Donald Award recognizes an outstanding paper and presentation delivered at MAPACA’s annual conference. This award is named in honor of Ralph Donald. Award recipients receive recognition and complimentary registration to the following year’s conference.

The Walden Prize for Graduate and Undergraduate Papers is awarded annually to outstanding emerging scholars in popular culture studies.

Congratulations to all our nominees for their outstanding presentations at our conference. We hope to see you this year at our 2023 conference.

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

P.O. Box 1358

Lansdowne, PA 19050

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