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2015 NEPCA Conference

Proposals are now being accepted for NEPCA's 2015 conference at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH, which convenes October 30-31, 2015. Click on FALL CONFERENCE tab for full information. Scroll down to "How Do I Submit a Proposal"

Rollins Prize

NEPCA is now accepting nominations from publishers for the best work in popular and/or American culture published in 2104. Click on the NEPCA Prizes tab above for details.

Important Dates

June 15: Books to be considered for the Rollins Prize must be received by this date.

June 15: Last day to submit conference paper proposals.

September 1: Last day to submit items for NEPCA News.

September 30: Last day for pre-registrants to be listed in program.

October 10: Last day mail-in registrations can be processed in time for the conference.

October 30-31: 2014 Fall Conference.

NEPCA’s 2015 Fall Conference

NEPCA will meet on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH October 30-31, 2015

For conference information, click on the FALL CONFERENCE tab above. This will take you to a page where you find all the materials you need. Scroll down to “How Do I Submit a Proposal?”  

New Journal: The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies

The International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS) is pleased to announce the creation of a new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. The journal will be published bi-annually beginning in Spring 2016 and will be available on the IARHS’ website, Robin Hood Scholars: IARHS on the Web: Scholars are invited to send original research on any aspect of the Robin Hood tradition. The editors welcome essays in the following areas: formal literary explication, manuscript and early printed book investigations, historical inquiries, new media examinations, and theory / cultural studies approaches. We are looking for concise essays, 4,000-8,000-words long. Submissions should be formatted following the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions and queries should be directed to both Valerie B. Johnson ( and also Alexander L. Kaufman (

CFP: Essay anthology, “The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola

Sean Guynes is currently editing a collection of essays for Sequart entitled The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola. Below you will find the CFP. Though he already has a number of essays and is in the editing process, he seeks to add some more breadth to the collection. He hopes to solicit several more essays of roughly 4,000 to 5,000 words, written either to an academic or lay audience. The deadline for abstracts is August 10th, 2015.

Essay topics already under consideration and in the editing process include: war and the supernatural in Mignola; psychiatry/mental illness in Mignola; Celtic mythology as influence on Mignola; uses and types of vampires (in comparison with Gothic lit.); taxonomy of horror in Mignola’s works; the motif of the fall; pulp aesthetics in Mignola; the (neo)Gothic context of Mignola’s comics; Mignola’s engagement with Batman; major literary influences on Mignola; Mignola’s influence on the artists he works with; a brief history of Mignola’s work with and influence at Dark Horse; an interview with Mignola’s collaborators.

Please send your proposals to editor Sean A. Guynes . Because of a somewhat tight deadline, first drafts of essays will be due by October 1, 2015.

Rethinking Marilyn Monroe

Call for Panelists: Western Association of Women Historians, Denver, CO, May 12-14, 2016

Panel: “Rethinking Marilyn Monroe”

This panel will reexamine Marilyn Monroe as a major historical and pop cultural figure. Papers should explore Monroe from new perspectives, challenging common assumptions and making us question what we think we know about this emblem of mid-century womanhood and sexuality. Topics might include resituating Monroe’s films in historical context; reconsidering her status as a postwar icon; exploring her challenges to the Hollywood system; reassessing the meaning of her image in American culture over the decades; others.

Please submit a 200-250 word proposal and an updated c.v. to by August 15, 2015.

Franco-Asian Connections and Intersections through Popular Culture

Asian pop music, comics, drama, film, graphic novels; these cultural products are increasingly present transnationally signaling new currents of popular culture and underscoring the interconnected nature of our globalizing world. Within the pan-Asian context, the concepts of “familiar difference” and of a collective Asian identity have catalyzed the fame of East/Southeast Asian singers and TV series (Iwabuchi, Recentering 15). In Western societies, the “culturally odorless” quality of mass-produced Japanese comics and animation film has facilitated their dissemination and reception (Iwabuchi, Recentering 27). Transnational media has therefore notably impacted both Asian and Western consumers. Yet modern technologies have siphoned Asian popular culture off to publics beyond the original targeted populations. Social and digital media in particular have facilitated access to these cultural products by minimizing potential economic and geographic divides. At the postcolonial Franco-Asian crossroads, where “Franco” encompasses the Hexagon yet also communities that self-identify as French-speaking, fans from non-Asian non-Western societies have been posting about and liking K-pop and Korean drama celebrities.

A(n) (re)examination of the origins and impact of popular culture will therefore unveil the unprecedented implications of soft (cultural) power. What forms of cross-cultural exoticism or familiarity have been attracting new viewership? How might these findings pertaining to media globalization push us to reassess the notion of cultural imperialism? And how could this new knowledge encourage (de)constructive dialogue and a self-(re)examination that calls for an inclusive de-centralized outlook on the implicated societies? This panel seeks to explore these significant yet minimally addressed questions in order to better understand the impetus behind and influence of the changing tides of cultural flows that are pervading the Franco-Asian world.

This panel welcomes papers that examine Franco-Asian connections and intersections through popular culture (e.g, pop music, TV series, film, comics, graphic novels). “Franco” can encompass the Hexagon and also comprise communities that self-identify as French-speaking. Possible themes can include but are not limited to: media globalization, cultural flows/imperialism, and soft (cultural) power.

Please submit abstracts via the NeMLA website:

Call for Papers:World Fairs and Expositions Area


The World Fairs and Expositions Area, Popular Culture Association (PCA), invites proposals for its 2016 national conference, to be held 21-25 March 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Area covers all aspects of research on world’s fairs & universal expositions, including theme-specific events such as commemorations, horticultural exhibitions, and biennales.

We are particularly interested, because this coming year’s conference is being held in Seattle, to solicit contributions relating to the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle in 1962. It is an exhibition ripe for further examination from technological futurism, post-Sputnik Cold War politics, urban planning debates, and other issues. We also hope to use the opportunity of the conference to plan a visit to Seattle Center to tour the surviving remnants of the exhibition (stay tuned for details). Further, we encourage submissions for which 2016 marks a significant anniversary year, or for research on contemporary events, such as Expo 2015 in Milan.  Controversy will not be shunned!

Submission Guidelines: In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, 250-word proposals for individual papers, should be submitted through the PCA website. Please note that, per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area.

PCA offers several travel grants for graduate students and new academics, information: Instructions for submission can be found and submissions made at

Submission Deadline (earlier than usual this year): 1 October 2015


Any questions about the panel please contact the Area Co-Chairs:

Dr. Tom Prasch:

Dr. Laurie Dalton:

Finalists for NEPCA Book Prize

The winner won’t be announced until later this summer, but here are the top six contenders for NEPCA’s Rollins Book Prize:


Author Book Title Publisher
Charles Seife Virtual Unreality Viking Press
Chris Smith The View from the Back of the Band University of North Texas Press
Kimberly Chabot Davis Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading University of Illinois Press
Mariah Adin The Brooklyn Thrill-Kill Gang and the Great Comic Book Scare of the 1950s Praeger
Matthew Hughey The White Savior Film: Content, Critics, and Consumption Temple University Press
Thomas Stubblefield 9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster Indiana University Press


2016 OAH-JAAS Japan Residencies Program

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2015.

In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the summer of 2016, pending funding. During their residencies, the American historians give at least six lectures and/or seminars in English in their specialty. They also meet individually and in groups with Japanese scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students studying American history and culture, and participate in the collegial life of their host institutions. The purpose of this exchange program is to facilitate scholarly dialogue and contribute to the expansion of scholarly networks among students and professors of American history in both countries. We are pleased to announce the twentieth year of the competition pending funding.
Round-trip airfare to Japan, housing, and modest daily expenses are covered by the award (note: if the host university is unable to provide housing, award recipients are expected to use the daily stipend to pay hotel expenses). Award winners are also encouraged to explore Japan before or after their two-week residency at their own expense.


Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Tokyo, Japan)
Hoping for a specialist in Race/Ethnic Relations in the Twentieth-Century United States.
For two weeks: June 3 through June 16, 2016.

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