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2017 NEPCA Conference

NEPCA's 2017 Fall Conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ON OCTOBER 27-28, 2017.

Peter C. Rollins Book Prize

The deadline for publishers to submit nominations for the 2016 Rollins Prize is July 1, 2017. This prize will honor the best book written by a scholar working in New England or New York on a topic pertaining to popular or/and American culture during the year 2016.

Important Dates

2017 Conference: October 27-28

NEPCA’s 2017 Fall Conference


NEPCA’s 2017 conference will take place on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst  on Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28, 2017.

Periodic updates and information will be made on this site and can be viewed by clicking on the 2017 Conference tab above. 



There are just ten days left to register for NEPCA’s fall conference. Please do so immediately. We have a very long waiting list of presenters that we will begin to call upon for those whose conference fees are not paid by the end of the day on 31 August.

New England Studies at the PCA


The 2018 Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 28-31, 2018. The New England Studies Area invites presentations on any aspect of New England popular culture: Architecture; Art; Ecology/Environment; Economics; Fashion; Film and Theater, especially films made in New England, and plays set in the region, e.g. ‘The Crucible’; Folklore; Food; Language and Literature; Politics; History; Music; Sports; Celebrities; Entertainment; Gambling/Casinos; Industries, e.g. Fishing; Regional Cultures; Sports and Recreation; Tourism and Travel; and numerous other topics. The subjects are endless. More New England-specific topics would include: Famous personalities, such as Bette Davis; Katherine Hepburn; John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family; Rosalind Russell; Harriet Beecher Stowe; and New England crimes and criminals, e.g. Lizzie Borden in Fall River; Buddy Cianci in Providence.

Controversy will not be shunned!

Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. All proposals and abstracts must be submitted through the PCA Database. See the website at . Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length and lively in nature! The deadline for the submission of a 200-word abstract is October 1, 2018. Database is already open for submissions. Acceptance will be earlier than usual as well to enhance your ability to seek funding.

Although all proposals should be submitted to the PCA Database directly, please also cc: me; please include university or organization affiliation (if applicable), telephone number, and e-mail address. Graduate students welcome. Individual and full panel proposals are considered. Please feel confident about attendance if you are accepted.

If you give a paper, you must register for the conference. See: Site also includes information on travel grants and rates at the conference hotel.


Send inquiries to :


Martin J. Manning

4701 South Park Court

Woodbridge, VA 222193

Registration Due in Two Weeks!


Due to extraordinarily high demand, NEPCA requests that you be diligent in registering for the conference before September 1. We cannot guarantee your slot after that day and will begin withdrawing invites and soliciting replacements from the wait list.

Normally we’d be much much lenient about the deadline, but we are fielding queries and it’s imperative that we meet budget for this conference–one in which expenses are higher than normal.

Information Clearing House

Looking for information on upcoming conferences in your area, across the country, or abroad. Check out the H-Net announcements board for this and other opportunities.

Racism and Discrimination in Sports

What is it about culture and society that creates an environment in which an athlete is able to excel or fail in his/her respective sport? Which factors, such as racism, discrimination, financial advantage or hardship, propel or hinder an athlete’s achievements? This volume seeks to explore how the world of sports is often a microcosm of the real world and the many ways in which it uniquely reflects cultural and societal issues. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines. Articles should either favor a historicist approach or be grounded in discourse analysis.

Abstract Due Dates: Preference will be given to abstracts received by October 15, 2017 and should be no longer than 300 words. Please also include a brief biographical statement and a CV. The book is going to be published by Universitas Press in spring 2018 (
Final manuscripts (no longer than 15,000 words, including Works Cited) should be submitted in MLA style, by December 15, 2017.

Send inquires and abstracts to:

Contact Info:

Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D.
Fulbright Scholar and Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques
East VP and Newsletter Editor, Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society
New York State Representative for Women in French

Contact Email:

Sports History Anthology

Routledge Books has requested a proposal for a sports media history anthology.  The book will cover all periods and all forms of media and will serve as a standard reference for students, academics, and other interested professionals.  The book will focus on the interplay of sports, media, and global culture at various points of history, with chapters that stress interpretive over descriptive writing. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives are welcome.

If you have something that you would consider appropriate to the project, I would love to hear about it.  I was wanting to get all the abstracts in by Oct. 15.  If you could e-mail a 300-word proposal to by then, that would be great.  If you need additional guidance and interaction before you fully develop your proposal, I’m also available.  

Let me know if you have any questions. And if you know of anyone who would be interested in this project, feel free to forward this information.

John Carvalho

Professor of Journalism

Auburn University


If you have applied to give a paper for the fall NEPCA conference, you should have received notification by now.


If you, for some reason, have not received notification, please contact Marty Norden immediately:

Reminder: PRESENTERS WHO DO NOT REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 1 WILL BE BUMPED TO THE WAIT LIST. We have a large number of individuals whose papers were waited-listed in the first round and if you do not pay and register by September 1, you may lose your place on the program.


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