Note from Martin Manning: New Chair of New England Studies for PCAACA

Martin Manning has replaced Dr. Carol Mitchell  as area chair for New England Studies. Carol has stepped down as area chair upon her retirement from Springfield College. Call for Papers – New England Studies. The 2015 Popular Culture Association Conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from April 1-4. The New England Studies Area invites presentations on any aspect of New England popular culture: Media and Film; Art and Literature; Politics; History; Music; Food; Sports and Recreation; Celebrities; Entertainment; Gambling/Casinos; Fishing Industry; Travel and Tourism; Law and Legal Issues;  Economics; Folklife; .Ethnic and Racial Identity;  Geography and Environment; Images and Ideas; Industry, Technology and Labor; and Science and Medicine.  Controversy will not be shunned!

The area includes the six New England states that comprise the region: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The area is open to all interested persons, including graduate students. I will be accepting submissions for individual papers and full panels beginning with the San Diego conference in 2017.  Please feel confident about attendance if you are accepted.

Martin is a native New Englander, born, raised and educated in Boston, including a B.S. from Boston College. He has given papers for New England Studies since the area was established by Peter Halloran and he was a contributor to The Encyclopedia of New England: The Culture and History of an American Region (2005). Martin was previously area chair for World’s Fairs and Expositions in PCA.

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I want to take this opportunity to thank Carol for her service as area chair. It is very much appreciated!

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