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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

THE CALL FOR PAPERS IS NOW CLOSED.

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. 

Registration Due in Two Weeks!

PLEASE REGISTER NOW FOR THE FALL NEPCA CONFERENCE

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 (www.universitaspress.com).
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: eangelini1@verizon.net

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 carvajp@auburn.edu 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

carvajp@auburn.edu

IMPORTANT INFORMATION re: NEPCA CONFERENCE

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

PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THIS MESSAGE WASN’T INTERCEPTED BY YOUR SPAM FILTER.

If you, for some reason, have not received notification, please contact Marty Norden immediately: norden@comm.umass.edu

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.

Acceptances To Be Sent Soon

We ask those of you who have sent proposals to bear with us just a little longer. We had a record number of submissions and are in the final stages of fashioning panels and making cuts. We will have to be much more selective this year due to space limitations. If your paper hasn’t been selected this year, please hold on–we may be able to get it in if there are withdrawals. If we can’t, it’s not because your proposal wasn’t good–in all likelihood, it’s purely a matter of space and we hope you will try again next year.

Book Review: Young Radicals

YOUNG RADICALS: IN THE WAR FOR AMERICAN IDEALS (2017)

Jeremy McCarter

Random House, 340 pages.

 

I didn’t like this book; I adored it! It is so well written that it reads like novel. Among the unorthodox things Jeremy McCarter has done is pen it in the present tense. Another is to make its major theme the death of idealism. Or perhaps I should say its betrayal.

McCarter, a Chicago-based writer and critic, turns his gaze to the first two decades of the 20th century, a time in which American socialism sprouted, blossomed, and was pulled up by the roots—its dreams of a global cooperative community sacrificed upon World War One’s altar of militarism, nationalism, greed. Rather than tell this tale through the usual channels of analyzing historical forces, material conditions, and mounting tensions, McCarter shows how larger dramas played out in the lives of five fascinating characters: Max Eastman (1883-1969), John Reed (1887-1920), Alice Paul (1885-1977), Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), and Randolph Bourne (1886-1918). He chose well, as between them, they moved in circles that represented the numerous strains within American culture.

The book’s title is apt, for the five radicals were indeed young and were, in their own ways, warriors within the “war for American ideals.” If you associate socialism with glum Russian apparatchiks, think again. Max Eastman was the editor of The Masses, a publication that was as much bohemian as socialist. Its pages supported labor unions, social equality, and pacifism, but also sported graphic art, poetry, and fiction that ranged from agit-prop to whimsical. It survived on a hope, serendipitous donations, and Eastman’s dogged determination to keep it afloat.

Journalist “Jack” Reed was an energetic swashbuckler crossed with a frat boy. He seduced and exasperated, pontificated at one moment and betrayed his half-baked views the next, pissed off his friends as he exhaled and charmed them on the inhale. He was the very scarred embodiment of a fast, hard, full, short life. He needed to be where the action was, which is why he didn’t allow a lost kidney to keep him out of Europe as war clouds gathered and why he was a firsthand witness to the Russian Revolution.

Alice Paul wasn’t good at moderation either. Like a reckless campus radical, she put her body on the line for the cause of suffrage and wore out others in the process, including Inez Milholland Boissevain who died from taking part in Paul-orchestrated non-stop agitation. Paul’s was a world of picketing, workhouse internments, force-feedings, and embarrassing President Wilson. One of the book’s many revelations is the depth of mutual contempt between Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt. Catt saw Paul as an impetuous troublemaker who threatened her careful one-state-at-a-time strategy and nearly cost Wilson the White House; Paul saw Catt as a self-aggrandizer willing to tolerate the status quo to be an insider player in the Wilson administration.

The latter charge was also leveled at Lippmann, with some justification. Lippmann, who co-founded the New Republic, was an intellectual who had trouble reconciling idealism and pragmatism. As war loomed, he jettisoned socialism for liberalism and joined Wilson’s team in the vain hope that the war would “make the world safe for democracy.” Lippmann actually wrote most of Wilson’s famed 14-Points, but their abandonment led him to leak an internal document that doomed Wilson’s nationwide campaign for the League of Nations.

A good tale requires a tragic figure and few were more so than Randolph Bourne. His was one of the most inventive minds of his day. Bourne dreamt of transnational identities, cosmopolitanism, and universal citizenship decades before Greenwich Villagers imagined themselves global villagers. His capacious mind was housed in a sickly hunchbacked body that he felt was doomed to be unloved. He was wrong; the beautiful free spirited actress Esther Cornell seems to have accepted his marriage proposal, only for Bourne to perish in the postwar influenza epidemic.

The postwar fallout took more than Bourne with it. Socialism’s promise also faded—not just because of wartime repression and the postwar Red Scare—but because idealists often battled with each other, and bitterly so over the war. It has been said that World War One was the only war wished into being by the left. Though somewhat hyperbolic, roughly half of U.S. socialists—including Lippmann and John Dewey—supported the conflict. Pro-war socialists were mistaken. History would soon judge the Great War a disaster in nearly every way one can measure such things. Ideals such as transnationalism gave way to cynicism and insularity. Paul would hold fast to her principles, but Eastman and Lippman would embark on several journeys between left, center, and right before settling into contrarianism.

McCarter’s book is a masterpiece of forgotten and overlooked detail. It is also an examination of how dream worlds and officialdom overlapped and separated. The book is so compellingly written that I shall refrain from quoting so you can make your own discoveries and savor the richness of its prose. Kudos to McCarver for restoring the “story” in history and making tales come alive in real time. One can dispute whether the hopes of McCarter’s five young radicals were admirable or misguided, but there is something tragic in the observation that we now live in a world too parochial to conceive of globalism in non-economic terms.

Rob Weir

University of Massachusetts Amherst 

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