This is NEPCA's official website, containing both information about the organization and the latest news about the profession.

2015 NEPCA Conference

NEPCA concluded a very successful conference at Colby Sawyer College October30-31, 2015. Information will be posted soon on the 2016 conference.

Rollins Prize

See this space for upcoming details on the 2015 Rollins Prize.

Important Dates

This space will be updated soon.

NEPCA’s 2016 Fall Conference

The place and dates for NEPCA’s annual conference have been finalized for 2016. NEPCA will meet on the campus of Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire on Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22, 2016.

Periodic updates and information will be made on this site and can be viewed by clicking on the Fall Conference tab above. 

Praeger Looking for Book Projects

Praeger Publishing, a leading independent academic publisher based in California, is seeking authors for books on American history, American studies, and contemporary American issues. We are looking either for new book ideas from authors or to discuss in-house book ideas with potential authors. Praeger publishes books with an interest to a broad array of readers, from undergraduate students to interested laypersons, rather than narrow focused books of interest to only a small circle of scholars. Our books typically explore a historical theme, idea, or event (we publish very few biographies) with resonance for today. Alternatively, we publish books that examine pressing contemporary issues, often from a historical perspective. We are also looking for those interested in editing academic reference works on selected topics. If you are an interested scholar, please contact acquisitions editor James Ciment at james.ciment@ca.rr.com.

SEND IN THOSE NEPCA PROPOSALS!

There is still plenty of time to submit a proposal for the fall 2016 Northeast Popular/American Culture Association conference!  We are seeking papers on popular and American culture, broadly construed, for our annual fall conference to be held on Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22, 2016, on the campus of Keene State College in Keene, NH. NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.

We are currently accepting proposals in ALL areas. 

You can find general information about the 2016 conference here: https://nepca.wordpress.com/2016-conference/. You can find the list of area chairs here: https://nepca.wordpress.com/nepca-area-chairs/ . For more info on a specific area, click on its link (if applicable) on that page.

Please submit your proposal via the online form; the link to the form can be found on the main 2016 conference page (scroll down to the “How do I submit a proposal?” section). Both proposals for individual papers and complete panels will be considered. The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2016.

The 2016 conference site, Keene State College, is located in Keene, New Hampshire, which is less than 2 hours from Boston, about 2 hours from Providence, 2.5 hours from Portland Maine, half an hour from Brattleboro Vermont, less than 4 hours from New York City, and 4 hours from Montreal.

 

Contact Info:

Karen Honeycutt, 2016 NEPCA conference organizer

Contact Email:

Photography and Britishness Conference

Photography and Britishness
November 4–5, 2016
Conference at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

This conference seeks to investigate the various ways in which ideas about Britain have been communicated, inflected, and contested through the photographic image. How has photography been used at “home” and “abroad” to create a variety of images of Britain and Britishness, defined as much from the outside as the inside? How do photographs mirror, reinforce, or interrupt what constitutes “Britishness,” in national, local, imperial, colonial, and post-colonial contexts? What national and regional cultures and conflicts does the construction of British identity subsume? Can “Britishness,” indeed, have a photographic referent or is it itself an effect of representation? We seek papers that consider how photography—as opposed to, or in tandem with, other modes of image-making—has been invested with the capacity to visualize, articulate and contest ideas about Britain. Papers may consider any period in the history of photography, and focus on individual case studies or broader historical questions. Proposals might address the work of individual photographers, photo agencies, or photographic archives; the photographic print or album; different photographic technologies such as lantern slides, stereoscopes, or digital photography; the uses of photography in pedagogy, advertising, news, propaganda; photography as a tool of surveillance and record; the display and exhibition of photographs; photography as art and document. We invite proposals for papers from scholars in any field. Graduate students and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Travel and accommodation costs will
be covered by the organizers.

Please e-mail abstracts of no more than three hundred words and short CVs or bios, no more than 2 pages. email ycba.research@yale.edu deadline May 16, 2016

Friday, November 5, 5.30 pm . keynote by Martin Parr

This conference is a collaboration between the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut; the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London; and The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Contact Info:

Yale Center For British Art / Sarah Kraus Senior Administrative Assistant Research Department: ycba.research@yale.edu

Asian Studies Conference

45th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference: “Pivot to Asia: Poetics, Progress, and the Popular”

DEADLINE FOR PAPER SUBMISSIONS: MAY 30, 2016

 

The College of Liberal Arts of Towson University and the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies announce the call for papers for the 45th annual conference.  The conference theme Pivot to Asia: Poetics, Progress, and the Popular” follows the revival of interest in Asia in the United States and encourages fresh examinations of the region in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Specific areas of inquiry may include but are not limited to: politics, territorial issues, natural resources, the environment, migration, history, philosophy, gender, popular culture, sexualities, and religious practices.

 

We encourage proposals from any discipline, and welcome participation from faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, independent scholars, and professionals. We especially encourage panels with innovative combinations of individuals and fields.

Katherine Bowie, incoming AAS President and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will deliver a keynote address.

To propose a panel, individual paper, or poster presentation, please create an account on our website (maraas.org) and follow the instructions for proposal submission. Proposal deadline is May 30, 2016. Please send any other inquiries to the Conference Co-Chair Erik Ropers (hropers@towson.edu).

Acceptance notices will be sent by June 15, 2016. Travel assistance for graduate students and international scholars up to $100 is available on a competitive basis. Include your request for travel funding with your proposal. Further information on the conference is available on maraas.org (click on “Conferences”).

Contact Info:

Conference Co-Chair:  Erik Ropers

Department of History
Towson University

8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252
hropers@towson.edu
410-704-3709 (O) | 410-704-5595 (Fax)

Questions may also be directed to Rachael Hutchinson, rhutch@udel.edu (Vice-President of MAR/AAS)

MAPACA Conference

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

26th Annual Conference

November 3-5, 2016

Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Hotel

Call for papers:

Proposals are welcome on all aspects of popular and American culture for inclusion in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference in Atlantic City, 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. The deadline for submission is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

For a list of areas and area chair contact information, visit mapaca.net/areas. General questions can be directed to mapaca at mapaca dot net.

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 info, visit mapaca.net.

Neil Gaiman Chapters Sought

Since his seminal writing on The Sandman (1989-present) and long since before and after on works such as Batman, Miracleman, The Books of Magic, The Endless, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, etc. from adult graphic novels (Neverwhere) to voluminous amounts of children’s graphic novels and illustrated texts (Coraline, Chu’s Day, Fortunately, the Milk, Hansel and Gretel etc.), Neil Gaiman has established himself as one of the most prominent, if not prolific, writers in the medium of sequential art in the late twentieth and twenty-first century.

Interestingly enough, Gaiman’s work is oft classified along regularized perceptions (by age, by tone, etc.) while he himself resists that particular ideological breakdown proclaiming that his work is meant to be read and seen by everyone, muddying those clear constructs and bracketing of his work. This volume seeks to examine Gaiman’s broadly illustrated corpus (picture books, comics, graphic novels, video games, etc.) along those lines of the dark, the light, and those that are particularly difficult to classify and define by the fact that they are seemingly both—the shadowy genre-bending work. However an essayist for this collection might seek to interpret those constructs (optimism, pessimism, pragmatism, for example) or whether a writer would seek to only write on a particularly evident construct from the three (Chu’s Day doesn’t seem to possess many dark portents; however Blueberry Girl, by comparison, articulates a life far more complex than simple optimism) is open for discussion and welcomed.

This volume will investigate the comics and graphic novel work of Neil Gaiman broadly. Proposals are welcomed for critical essays that approach the subject from any of a variety of methodological/ theoretical perspectives such as: aesthetic or textual, historical, philosophical, cultural, psychoanalytic, semiotic, post-structural, post-colonial, gendered, feminist, etc.

Essays might include (but are by no means limited to) the following topics:

-Adaptation of Gaiman’s prose works to comics and comics to films and television
-Gaiman’s work in video games (Wayward Manor)
-Gaiman’s comics connection to music, greater literary movements, etc.
-Gaiman’s literary antecedents and referents in comics
-Gaiman’s work with regular artists (McKeon, Bachalo, Dringenberg, Riddell, Buckingham etc.)
-Historical comparisons and intertextualization of Gaiman with his contemporaries and influences
-Gaiman’s light-hearted/ serious fare for children and adults alike
-Major Gaiman work (The Sandman) and comparably minor works or one-shots (Cerberus #147, Spawn #9, Angela #1-3 etc.)
-Comparisons of Gaiman’s ostensibly “adult” works and/ to his ostensibly “children’s” works (not to mention his supposed YA work)
-Gaiman’s work in other visual storytelling media (his writing for Doctor Who, his screenplay of Princess Mononoke for example)
-Gaiman’s influences on character/series/comics as a medium’s traditions (Swamp Thing, The Sandman, comics readership)
-Gaiman’s influences on other literary traditions (fantasy, sci-fi, etc)
-Gaiman-as-character, both inside his comics and outside his comics
-Gaiman and cultural capital, Gaiman as commodity
-Naughtiness, puns, double-entendres/double-consciousness/doublespeak, dual meanings, sidelong glances, subtle jabs, subversions, sublimations, and slips of the tongue
-Memory and remembering, forgetting and misremembering in Gaiman’s work
-Humor and seriousness, gravitas and mirth, bathos and pathos in Gaiman.
-Etc.

Abstracts of approximately 250-500 words (with author’s affiliation and brief biography) are due 15 May 2016 with first drafts of essays running 5000-5500 words due 15 October 2016. Please send any inquiries and proposals to Joseph Michael Sommers and Kyle Eveleth atsommerseveleth@gmail.com .

Screening New England Conference

Screening New England: 100 Years of Regional Moving Image History

17th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium

Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23, 2016

Proposals Due: April 19, 2016

The rich amateur and non-theatrical moving image history of New England will be the focus of the 2016 Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium. In commemoration of the Alamo Theatre’s 100 years of cinematic exhibition and Northeast Historic Film’s 30th year as a regional moving image archive, we invite archivists, scholars and technical specialists to explore all aspects of the moving image history of New England. Proposals that utilize the NHF collections are particularly welcome.

Northeast Historic Film archives hold film and video, including local television news, amateur film, industrials, home movies, and many other genres, as well as paper documentation and ephemera, including postcards, lobby cards, camera and projector manuals.  The catalog may be searched by genre, place, subject, decade, and other search terms at http://oldfilm.org/collection/index.php

The NHF Summer Symposium is a congenial multi-disciplinary gathering devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of amateur and nontheatrical moving images.  For over a decade and a half, the Symposium has been bringing together an expanding group of archivists, scholars, technicians, and artists in an intimate setting for three days of viewing and discussing lesser-known, amateur, and found films. Presenters typically have 30-45 minutes in which to deliver their papers and engage in discussion. We do not run concurrent sessions, and participants are expected to attend all presentations and engage with colleagues in discussion of work presented over the two and a half days of the symposium.

NHF is located in Bucksport, a town of 5,000 on the coast of Maine (for more info on NHF, please visit: http://www.oldfilm.org. Please be advised that NHF is a non-profit organization. Unfortunately, we do not have resources to fund travel and lodging for conference presenters and participants. All presenters and participants must register for the symposium.

Please send a 250-500 word abstract outlining your paper idea and a brief cv via e-mail to: symposium@oldfilm.org. The Summer Symposium Program Committee are: Jennifer Jenkins, University of Arizona; Audrey Amidon, National Archives and Records Administration; Dino Everett, University of Southern California; Heidi Holmstrom, National Archives and Records Administration; Steve Norman, Belfast Public Library, and Devin Orgeron, North Carolina State University.  We are happy to discuss your presentation ideas with you in advance of a formal submission. The Symposium Program Committee will begin reviewing proposals on April 19, 2016 and will finalize the program by May 10, 2016.

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