CFP: Race & Ethnicity

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association’s Race and Ethnicity area welcomes paper submissions from graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, and independent researchers of popular culture.

NEPCA’s 2022 fall, virtual conference will be held October 20 – October 22, 2022. The deadline for proposals is August 1, 2022.  

A chalk board with Scrabble tiles that spell out "Call for Papers"

We encourage panel proposals, as well as individual submissions.  

Papers are generally 15-20 minutes in length.  We also encourage works in progress, and informal presentations. The key expectations on presentations are that:

  • The proposal should be rooted in research. 
  • We do not automatically exclude original poetry, composed works of fiction, or musical/dance/storytelling performance, but such works must be connected to greater theoretical and research frameworks.
  • NEPCA generally avoids proposals whose intent is overtly commercial.
  • Proposals should appeal to a broad audience.

This area considers the intersection of race, ethnicity, and popular culture.  Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Constructions and depictions of race in particular genres (film, comics, music etc.) or mass culture and social media (spirit animals, sugar skulls, “Taco Tuesdays” etc.).
  • Cultural appropriation.
  • The intersections of race, ethnicity, popular culture, and academia, including pedagogy.
  • “Whitewashing” and other approaches to racialization in book-to-screen adaptations.
  • Race and ethnicity in public discourse.
  • Intersections with and meanings of race and ethnicity in constructions of nation/nationalism, “post-racial” culture, neoliberalism, globalization, and capitalism.

If you have questions about this area, please reach out to the Race & Ethnicity Chair: Enrique Morales-Diaz, Westfield State University, emoralesdiaz@westfield.ma.edu 

Visit the Conference Page for more information. The official CFP is here or you can go right to the CFP submission form here.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts on August 1, 2022.  Please use this form.  

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