New England Studies at the PCAACA

The 2017 Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference will be held in
Indianapolis, 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.

Controversy will not be shunned!
Films based in New England or filmed in the region might be of special interest; infamous figures such as Whitey Bulger in Boston, Lizzie Borden in Fall River, or Buddy Cianci inProvidence; the Boston Marathon tragedy/”Boston Strong”; holiday celebrations, such as St. Patrick’s Day parades, various ethnic Christmas celebrations, and Salem at Halloween; New England politics; literary personalities, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Thoreau and Harriet Beecher Stowe; cultural attractions, e.g. Freedom Trail, Boston Pops,Fenway Park; any of our higher institutions of learning; and our sports teams, especially a discussion of fan loyalties with champions such as the New England Patriots and the Red Sox.

More New England-specific topics would include 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.

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, 2017. 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 to :
Martin J. Manning
4701 South Park Court
Woodbridge, VA 222193

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