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2018 NEPCA Conference

NEPCA’s 2018 Fall Conference will be held at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA OCTOBER 19-20, 2018.

Proposals due before June 1, 2108.

Peter C. Rollins Book Prize

The deadline for publishers to submit nominations for the 2017 Rollins Prize is July 1, 2018. 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 2017.

Carol Mitchell and Amos St.. Germain Graduate Paper Prizes. Rolling date for consideration until July 1. Papers must be nominated by panel chair.

NEPCA’s 2018 Fall Conference

Acceptances letters have been sent this past week, so please check the email you used in your CFP submission.

You can check out the current conference schedule (subject to change based upon presenters’ acceptances).

NEPCA’s 2018 conference will take place on the campus of Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20, 2018.

Periodic updates and information will be made on this site and can be viewed by clicking on the 2018 Conference tab above. 

5 Days to NEPCA!

Are you psyched? NEPCA’s annual conference opens on Friday and we’ve got a dynamic program on tap.

You will get the latest program when you check in, but every change to the program between now and then can be viewed by pasting this URL into your browser:

Additional receipts are also available at check in, but please remember to ask for a receipt if you need one. During busy times at the registration table, student and faculty helpers might be swamped and forget to ask you if you need one. Most of you will already have your PayPal paperwork or cancelled checks as receipts, but if you need something more than that, let us know at registration.

Here’s the current forecast. It may seem a tad on the cool side for non-New Englanders, but it looks about normal for this time of the year (after having had an unusually hot early fall). All temperatures are given in Fahrenheit. There’s a reason why there’s an old New England wry remark that goes, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes.”The best way to dress is in layers. Bring an umbrella and if you’re from away, a warm jacket for the the morning and evenings. The body feel temperatures may seem lower to those unaccustomed to them due to seasonal dew points. Don’t be surprised if you see native New Englanders waltzing about in much lighter clothing. It’s a New England thing and you shouldn’t try this at home!

Thursday (for early arrivers) will feature plenty of sun with a high of 41 and a low of 32.

Friday will be sunny with a high of 53 and a low of 46.

Saturday will have some rain showers with a high of 54 and a low of 38.

Sunday will be brisk: partly sunny with a high of 44 and a low of 30.


Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2019-2020.

MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships are made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Society will offer at least two awards in 2019-2020. (See our ad in the H-Net Jobs Guide or visit our website for details.) The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. The Society adds a monthly supplement, payable directly to the MHS-NEH Fellow, of $562.50. These fellowships are for researchers who have already completed the terminal degree in their fields (typically a Ph.D.).

DEADLINE: JAN. 15, 2019

MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. See the MHS website for details on these fellowships; we will offer more than twenty short-term fellowships in 2019-2020!

DEADLINE: MAR. 1, 2019

The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks of research at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000.

DEADLINE: FEB. 15, 2019

The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-seven organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. Visit to learn more about the member organizations and start planning your itinerary!

DEADLINE: FEB. 1, 2019

For more information, please visit, email or phone 617-646-0577. Follow us on Twitter @MHS_Research for reminders regarding fellowship deadlines and information on all of our other activities.

Berkshire Book Prize Nominations Open

Now Accepting Nominations for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ Book Prizes

Deadline for Nominations: November 1, 2018

To nominate a book, see:


Description of Prizes

We invite publishers and authors to submit books published in the year 2018 for consideration for the Berkshire Conference Book Prizes.

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians annually awards two book prizes:

● For a first book that deals substantially with the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality.

● For a first book in any field of history that does not focus on the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality.



● Awards are for a first book, so the author may not have previously published any other book-length work.

● A nominated book must be written by a woman normally resident in North America.

● The Berks Prizes are open to any female historian or historian who identifies as a woman.

● Submissions must be published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

● Textbooks, juvenile literature, documentary collections, fiction, poetry, and collections of essays are not eligible for either prize.


Nomination Instructions

● To nominate a book, please click here to complete the form.

● One copy of the nominated book must be sent directly to each of the Berkshire Book Prize Committee members; the contact information is listed on the nomination form.

● Bound page proofs may be submitted for books to be published after November 1, 2018 and before January 1, 2019. If a bound page proof is submitted, committee members must also receive a copy of the book by January 15, 2019.

● All nominations, whether books or page proofs, must be postmarked by or on November 1, 2018 in order to be eligible for the prize.

● The awards for books published in 2018 will be announced at the Berkshire Conference in June 2019.

Contact Info:

Dr. Amanda E. Herbert

Associate Director, Fellowships

Folger Institute

Folger Shakespeare Library
Chair, Book Prize Committee, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Contact Email:

New England Studies at PCA CFP


The 2019 Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference will be held in Washington, DC, April 17-20, 2019,. 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.

Quite welcome will be papers or panels that focus on any of these topics:

New England politics and the Washington connection, e.g. presentations on political issues, such as the Massachusetts politicians who became Speakers of the House (Joseph Martin, John McCormack, Thomas ‘Tip’ O’Neill) and their impact on the nation and on the state.

Sports and New England, especially a discussion of fan loyalties with champions such as the New England Patriots and the Red Sox; baseball rivalries (Red Sox v. Yankees); football rivalries, such as the old quarterback rivalry between Tom Brady v. Peyton Manning; Tom Brady and the rest of the NFL quarterbacks; Patriots v. NY Giants or NY Jets).

New England tourism sites and architecture. A good presentation would be how New England holds its own against the Washington, DC, tourist trade.

U.S. Capitol v. six New England capitols. How many were based on the national capitol? How has the Bulfinch capitol in Boston been imitated elsewhere in other state capitols and buildings?

Multi-culturalism of New England today compared to its former ethnic separatism, e.g. Irish in Boston, Portuguese in Gloucester or Fall River, French in parts of Rhode Island. Impact of immigration in making New England a vast, diverse culture over the decades.

Films and plays set in New England or filmed there, e.g. ‘The Departed,’ ’Mystic River,’ ‘On Golden Pond,’ ‘The Magnificent Yankee.’

Infamous figures, such as Whitey Bulger in Boston, Lizzie Borden in Fall River, or Buddy Cianci in Providence, whose cases became national profile with the attendant media attention.

Holiday celebrations, such as St. Patrick’s Day parades, various ethnic Christmas celebrations, and Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, at Halloween.

Also of interest would be presentations on literary personalities, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Thoreau, Mark Twain (and his Connecticut connection), and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Cultural attractions, e.g. Freedom Trail, Boston Pops, Fenway Park; any of our higher institutions of learning.

Role of religion on New England life and community.

Famous personalities born in New England, such as Bette Davis; Katherine Hepburn; John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family; Rosalind Russell; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Howie Long; and Kurt Russell.. How many kept their New England roots or left them behind for other geographic locations. Example: Kurt Russell was born in Springfield but you now think of him more as a Californian. Howie Long is from Somerville but he is now a resident of Charlottesville, VA, where he raised his family. Has anyone heard or read Howie mention Massachusetts in his professional life?

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. 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, and 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 and paper proposals to:

Martin J. Manning

4701 South Park Court

Woodbridge, VA 222193

E-mail preferred:


Dissertation Prize

George E. Pozzetta Dissertation AwardEach year the Immigration and Ethnic History Society awards the George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award. For the 2019 award, it will invite applications from any Ph.D. candidate who will have completed qualifying exams by 2018, and whose thesis focuses on American immigration, emigration, or ethnic history. The award provides two grants of $1000 each for expenses to be incurred in researching the dissertation. Applicants must submit a three-page to five-page descriptive proposal in English discussing the significance of the work, the methodology, sources, and collections to be consulted. Also included must be a proposed budget, a brief curriculum vitae, and a supporting letter from the major advisor. To be considered for the award, all applicants must submit their materials via email to all committee members by 11:59 PM on December 17, 2018.

Contact Info:
Deborah Cohen (
Leigh Ann Wilson (
Julia Rose Kraut, Chair (

Contact Email: 

Call for Papers: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference — Washington, DC (April 17-20, 2019)

Call for Papers: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference — Washington, DC (April 17-20, 2019)

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held on Wednesday April 17 through Saturday April 20, 2019 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The deadline is October 1, 2018.

Proposals may be submitted on the conference website.



Call for H-PCAACA Network Editors and Review Editors

H-PCAACA is issuing a call for new Network Editors and Review Editors. If you are interested in joining H-PCAACA’s volunteer team of Editors, please email us at with a C.V. and cover letter attached.

This is truly an exciting time to study popular culture across disciplines .The editorial staff of H-PCAACA is dedicated to expanding the Network’s scope and reach. The new capacity of the H-Net Commons for multi-media content is ideally suited to host projects including blogs, podcasts, a peer reviewed paper series, crowdsourced ventures, and document collections. Please also indicate in your email if there is a specific project or topic you would like to focus on. Graduate students and recent PhDs are welcome to apply.

H-Net Review Editors assign reviews and manage submissions via H-Net’s review system. Reviews are a vital and vibrant part of H-Net’s mission and provide a tremendous service to the academic community. Popular culture has become a hot topic in the past few years and there is a wealth of new scholarship available. H-Net has access to the latest in publications on education and teaching and an established audience. By H-Net guidelines, Book Review Editors must have PhDs.

H-Net provides online training that must be completed by all new editors. The training is short and will give editors the ability to fully utilize the potential of the H-Net’s Commons. Editors share in the responsibilities of managing the network according to a monthly rotation. All editors must agree to a two-year commitment. Most importantly, prospective editors must have enthusasm for education and a willingness to be an active part of an editorial team.

In your cover letter, please state your reasons for wanting to become an H-PCAACA editor. Your cover letter should also incorporate an acknowledgement of your willingness to assume a two-year commitment and agreement to abide by H-Net’s constitution, bylaws and policies. All applications must include complete and current contact information, a reliable email address, graduate school and program and year of study.

Editing H-NET networks provides valuable service to your field and a unique line to your CV. If you have any questions, please email us at


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