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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. 


The deadline for sending a proposal for NEPCA’s fall conference is midnight on June 1. Please send your proposals now as NEPCA will only solicit papers to round out existing panels after the deadline passes. All details for applying can be found on the tab above marked 2018 Conference.

Soccer Conference in Cambridge MA

May 31-June 2nd
Cambridge, MA

The third conference in the series on Soccer and Globalization will focus on participation and inclusion in global sports and global history. Using a comparative perspective, we look to better understand how and why certain types of people are allowed to participate and others are not in a cross-section of sports, and what is being done to address these inequalities. Scholarly panels followed by roundtable discussions of NGO leaders, former players, and club and organizing body officials will create a better dialogue between different stakeholders.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Complete program available on the conference website.

Contact Info:

Jessica Barnard
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
A Research Cluster on Global Transformations
Harvard University

Women Warriors at NEPCA

Women Warriors and Popular Culture: Representations across Time and Space

Panel Proposed for the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area

Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

2018 Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)

Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts

19-20 October 2018

Proposals due 1 June 2018

Women warriors have been important figures throughout history, but their reception and representation in popular culture is often overlooked. As a means of furthering discussion and debate on these individuals, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture invites paper proposals that explore the histories, mythologies, cultural presentations and workings of women warriors across time and space. We welcome papers that delve into the popular cultural appropriation of notable women warriors, such as Boudicca, Joanna of Flanders Joan of Arc, or Grace O’Malley, as well as papers that address the place and signification of women warriors in the historical and mythic fiction of popular culture (TV, movies, comics, etc.), such as Snow White and the HuntsmanThe Vikings, and Wonder Woman.

Presentations will be limited to 15 or 20 minutes in length depending on final panel size.

Directions for Submission:

Please contact the organizers Michael A. Torregrossa and June-Ann Greeley at, using “Women Warriors and Popular Culture” as your subject line, with any questions in advance of the 1 June 2018 deadline.

Submissions for the panel will be made by the organizers to NEPCA. We need contact information, academic affiliation (if any), an academic biographical statement (between 50 and 200 words), a paper title (no more than 60 characters), and a paper abstract (no more than 250 words). Please send this to us at, using “Women Warriors and Popular Culture” as your subject line.


Proposals for NEPCA’s annual conference are due June 1. Please submit your proposals ASAP. NEPCA staff know this is a busy time, but NEPCA needs to meet in June to assemble the conference and begin doing to scores of tasks necessary for conducting a successful conference.

One click on the 2018 Conference tab will take you to a page with all needed information. Submit now and let all your colleagues know!

CFP: Americana

Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture invites submissions in American Studies and American popular culture for our journal.

DEADLINE: 1 June 2018 for the Spring 2018 edition of Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present

We welcome a variety of critical appraoches on subject matter such as film, television, streaming shows, YouTube shows/channels, sports, bestsellers, venues, fashion, emerging popular culture trends, pop culture and technology, music, politics, style, and other related pop culture topics.

All work is peer reviewed by our Advisory Board readers:

[[If you would like to be considered for our Advisory Board, email a CV to The duties include reading one or two essays per year in your field of expertise.]]

Please keep your name off the submission itself as we use the double blind peer review process.

We encourage you to read past issues as well as the current issue if you would like to get a sense of the kind of work we have published:

Guidelines for submission are here:

Email submissions to

Thank you. We look forward to reading your research and writing.

Hagley Conference in November

A Conference at the Hagley Museum and Library

Wilmington, Delaware, November 8-9, 2018


The history of surveillance is often associated with the history of the state. However, commercial organizations in the United States – from insurance companies to audience rating firms and database marketers, to corporate personnel and auditing departments – also exercise power over citizens through systems of identification, classification, and monitoring.  The history of commercial surveillance thus intersects with key issues concerning the history of privacy, information, social sorting and discrimination, and technologies of discipline and control.


For a conference sponsored by the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society on November 8-9, 2018, we invite proposals that explore the history of commercial surveillance in the United States, from settlement to the present. These (non-state) surveillance activities might be found in a variety of business settings and industries, involve a range of formal or informal practices, and might be directed at customers, media audiences, borrowers, consumer markets, employees, or labor. The long history of commercial surveillance serves to illuminate the precursors, continuities, and logic of today’s “surveillance capitalism.”


We are interested in original, empirically-grounded unpublished essays that consider one or more of the following questions:


  • How have commercial surveillance systems contributed to the production of knowledge about individuals or populations? To what extent have private-sector classification systems shaped categories of identity and social status in the United States?
  • In what ways have commercial surveillance systems contributed to understandings of gender and race in the United States? How have these understandings been formalized or institutionalized?
  • How does the development of commercial surveillance fit into broader social, political, or economic efforts to discipline behavior or control risk?
  • To what extent have commercial surveillance systems overlapped – or collaborated – with state surveillance systems, such as law enforcement, social services, or statistical data gathering?
  • What legal issues have attended the history of commercial surveillance? How have commercial surveillance practices been regulated, particularly with regard to discrimination and privacy?
  • To what extent have distinctions between work and leisure been blurred by commercial surveillance?
  • How does the history of commercial surveillance help contextualize the development of big data and predictive analytics in our own time? What underlying structures, norms, or business objectives can be discerned?
  • What technologies have been developed, and for what specific purposes, to facilitate commercial surveillance?


Sarah E. Igo (Vanderbilt University) will open the conference with a keynote address on the evening of November 8. She will discuss her new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, to be published by Harvard University Press in May 2018.


If you are interested in proposing a paper, please submit proposals of no more than 500 words and a one-page C.V. to Carol Lockman at by May 1, 2018. We welcome submissions from historians as well as ethnographically oriented social scientists.  Presenters will receive lodging in the conference hotel and up to $500 to cover their travel costs.

This conference was initiated by Josh Lauer (University of New Hampshire), and he is joined on the program committee by Roger Horowitz (Hagley Museum and Library) and Ken Lipartito (Florida International University).

Film and History at NEPCA CFP

Call for Papers for Film and History area for the NEPCA’s 2018 Fall Conference to be held at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA October 19-20, 2018. Northeast Regional Popular / American Cultural Association (NEPCA) annual conference.


Dr. Carol Mitchell; Area Chair of Film and History



Call for Papers: Film and History. The annual fall conference of NEPCA will be held at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA on October 19-20, 2018. Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2018. Visit the NEPCA website at: for full information on proposal submission and registration.


Film and History welcomes presentations on a wide range of film topics contributing to popular culture.

Suggestions for topics include:

  • Films portraying historical events with great accuracy or which provide fresh or controversial perspectives (e.g., Spotlight; F.K.)
  • Films exploring the nature of complex characters or incorporating social, political, and cultural themes (e.g., heroism, friendship, injustice, racism, betrayal, ambition)
  • Film adaptations of other media, (i.e., novels, short stories, theatre) or from real life
  • Film genres, such as comedy, crime film, the Western, war film, or science fiction
  • Filmmaking and film directors (e.g., Scorsese’s portrayal of women)
  • History of the cinema and economic and cultural impacts of film on society
  • Academy Awards’ nominations, policies, and practices


Please submit your paper proposals by following the 2018 Paper Proposals link at: by June 1, 2018.


NEPCA presentations are generally 15-20 minutes in length and may be delivered either formally or informally. As Area Chair of Film and History, I am happy to preview your proposal. However, all final submissions should be “CC’d” to me at in addition to your submission to the program chair.


NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment consisting of graduate students, independent scholars, junior faculty, and senior scholars.


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