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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?”  

CFP: The Hobbit

COMPARING JACKSON’S The Hobbit FILMS TO TOLKIEN’s NOVEL: : Text into Film   Edited by Dr. Janice M Bogstad

Call for papers for an essay collection -12-15 essays of 6000-8,000 words in length.

The deadline for receipt of an abstract, for consideration, is December 1, 2015. Final manuscripts are due March 1, 2016 with encouragement for earlier submission.  Contact me to discuss exceptions.

Send Abstracts and address queries to:    Dr. Janice M. Bogstad, Professor
715-836-6032 (OFFICE) McIntyre Library   U of Wisconsin-Eau Claire   Eau Claire, WI  54702-5010

Full description below:

Manuscripts will be reviewed in a double-blind process by peer reviewers after having been tentatively accepted by the editor.

The collection will consider comparisons between Tolkien’s original Hobbit and the three New Line/Hobbit films.  Of interest are structural parallels and differences, changes in character-focus from the book to the films, and considerations of philosophical differences in the overall message of Tolkien’s original book and Jackson’s films, but other well-supported arguments will also be considered.  As with the previously published Picturing Tolkien (McFarland 2011), this collection will focus on positive comparisons. Essayists may wish to discuss features of the film that are, in their judgment, less successful, but will be asked to hold condemnation of the cinematic text simply on the basis of its differences from the textual narrative.  Authors may decide to focus on the films or the novel but the primary focus is comparative features of both.  Contribution to Tolkien scholarship can be articulated with two concepts:  its audience is the informed reader, not only the Tolkien, literary or film critic.  Its basic framework is in respect of co-measurability, that the books and the films are co-creations with parallel structures that intersect at certain points.  Each should be examined and compared as if those comparisons and intersections are significant to understanding contemporary Tolkien studies.


H-Sport seeks New editor

Jörn Eiben, who has served as an H-Sport Editor for two years, will be stepping down at the end of 2015. The H-Sport Advisory Board and Editorial Team thank Jörn for his dedicated service to H-Sport.

With Jörn’s departure, H-Sport seeks to expand its team of volunteers to serve as editors for the network.

What does being an H-Sport Editor entail?

Service Time Demand:  When “on-duty” a list editor performs a few brief daily visits (often less than 5 minutes) moderating discussion posts for circulation and completing a couple of other simple administrative tasks.

We rotate the “on-duty” status; editors typically are “on” for two-weeks, and then “off” for six-weeks. The H-Sport Editor Team easily accommodates the demands of individual schedules and professional obligations.

For more details on networks and editing click here.

Nomination and Training Process:  List editors agree to serve a two-year renewable term, must be nominated by the H-Sport Advisory Board, certified by the H-Net Council, and trained to use the H-Net commons. (It’s a lot less scary than it sounds.)

Qualifications: at least two years of graduate school, a graduate degree, or equivalent in professional experience in the sport humanities, broadly defined.  Publications and teaching experience are a plus. General facility with email, browsers and office software is helpful.

Interested? Please send an email expessing your interest, along with your c.v., to

Baseball, Jazz, Short Stories Conference

April 14-15, 2016

On the campus of Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Keynote speaker: Amber Roessner, Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Luncheon speaker: Roberta Newman, Ph.D., New York University

The conference theme seeks papers and presentations that explore the synergies between baseball, jazz, and the short story in the early Twentieth Century, especially the years 1916-1941. The conference defines “baseball writing” and “jazz writing” broadly, so papers may address baseball/jazz journalism, fiction, film, drama, radio, and popular song. Touching on one, two, or all three themes, proposals should examine how baseball, jazz, and/or the short story were emerging as three American art forms in the early part of the twentieth century. Thus, the conference is particularly interested in multi-, cross-, or interdisciplinary essays that examine the intersection of those three contributions to world art.

Proposals should be sent to Scott D. Peterson ( Include on the proposal your name, address, phone number, academic affiliation, and e-mail address. The deadline for proposals is November 23, 2015. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by November 30, 2015. The conference registration fee (for both presenters and attendees, payable in person or by mail) will include a keynote address on Thursday evening and breakfast, lunch with a speaker, and a ticket to a Wright State University ball game on Friday.

Sponsored by CELIA, Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts

Contact Info:

Conference Organizer: Scott D. Peterson, Assistant Professor of Communication, 2015-2016 CELIA Fellow, Wright State University

Contact Email:

Be Part of the Public History Discussion on Sports History

Linked below is the 2016 National Council for Public History call for working group discussants. Working groups provide the opportunity to engage in a rich dialogue with colleagues. Participants circulate case statements and have on-line conversation before the conference. At the conference, they engage in a structured conversation based the case statements. There is also the potential for on-site activities such as pop-up exhibits and walking tours.

To join a working group, please submit a one-paragraph email message to describing the issues you wish to raise with your peers, together with a one-page resume, c.v., or biographical statement by October 15.

H-SPORT subscribers would be most interested in Working Group 7: Public History and the Potential of Sports History Museums. Josh Howard and Kathy Shinnick welcome submissions from anyone interested in the intersection of sports and public history.

Link to full CFP:

Call for chapters- Essays on DC’s Harley Quinn

When Harley Quinn was added to the official comic book canon in 1993, it marked an unusual instance where an animated series for children influenced the comic books.  Since her first appearance on “Batman: The Animated Series”, Harley has since captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of fans, and her popularity continues to grow.  With the coming Suicide Squad movie and a stand-alone comic title, now is the perfect timing for an academic look at the character.  This book, published by McFarland & Co., aims to shine a brighter spot light on the character of Harley Quinn as a complex figure in her own right.

The editors are seeking proposals for essays dealing with all aspects of the character of Harley Quinn. Topics can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Harley Quinn and representations of domestic violence
  • Gender Issues/Feminist Theory in Harley Quinn related comics, TV shows
  • Sexuality Issues such as “non-monogamy”, “bisexual subtext” in Harley Quinn related comics, TV shows
  • Harley Quinn in comparison with other members of the Rogues Gallery
  • Harley Quinn’s history (including different representations) and the effect on popular culture

Please submit a 200-500 word abstract by November 5, 2015 to Shelley Barba,

If a proposal is accepted, final essays will be due March 15, 2016. Final approval for inclusion in the book will be in June 2016.

New Book of Essays on Comics

On the Edge of the Panel: Essays on Comics Criticism

Edited by Julio Cañero and Esther Claudio

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, August 2015

A selection of papers from the First International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain, the essays reflect a variety of approaches to comics imaging strokes and words in having produced an immensely rich expression over time. They include consideration of experimental works and previously marginalized genres and themes as well as (perceived) limits of theories.

Hockey Conference

The Hockey Conference invites abstract submissions from scholars and artists in various fields, whose work engages with the sport of hockey (in its diverse forms) in a multitude of ways, including (but not limited to) artistically, historically, empirically, and conceptually. The Conference will take place July 6-8, 2016 at the university of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB, Canada. Submissions will be accepted from October 30, 2015 until December 4, 2015. See conference website for more details (, find us on Facebook at The Hockey Conference, and follow us on Twitter at @TheHockeyConf.

Contact Info: Conference Host Dr. Jon Edwards (UNB Kinesiology)
Contact Email:


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