Getting Ready for Your First Virtual Conference

Greetings NEPCA Community In less than 1 month, we will be holding our first virtual conference--#NEPCA2020. We're excited and looking forward to venturing into the future together. To that end, we wanted to provide several support documents for our communitiy in prepartion for the conference. The schedule is up and will be continually updated over … Continue reading Getting Ready for Your First Virtual Conference

Keynote Speaker for #NEPCA2020: Keisha Venson Sheedy

NEPCA is excited to announce our Keynote Speaker for our 2020 Virtual Conference. Keisha Venson SheedyM.Ed., PMP, CSMHuman | Wifey | Mommy | Foodie | Writer | Dancer | Afrofuturist | Globetrotter | Artsy Educator | Connector | Solutionist | Cultural Nut Keisha has had a rewarding career in higher education spanning fifteen years across … Continue reading Keynote Speaker for #NEPCA2020: Keisha Venson Sheedy

Registration & Conference Schedule for #NEPCA2020

Greetings friends, We are excited to share out that both registration and the current draft of the 2020 NEPCA Virtual Conference are now available.  Be sure to check out the schedule and see which events you're excited to attend and also be sure to register. Register here for the 2020 NEPCA Virtual Conference Current Draft … Continue reading Registration & Conference Schedule for #NEPCA2020

Extended Call for #NEPCA2020

The CFP for the Northeast Popular Culture Associate Annual Conference for 2020 has been extended.  We will be accepting admissions until June 15. This year's conference will either be hybrid (some sessions online and some face-to-face) or entirely virtual. We're dependent upon what the host institution decides and their announcement will come in early June.  … Continue reading Extended Call for #NEPCA2020

Book Review: Music is Power

Music is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice, and the Will to Change. By Brad Schreiber. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2020. Viii + 218 pages + bibliography, index. Brad Schreiber opens Music is Power with a defense of protest music. It, like the much of this book, needs to be more precise. Schreiber is … Continue reading Book Review: Music is Power

Bruce Cohen Remembered by Rob Weir

In the early evening of May 7, 2020, longtime NEPCA friend Bruce Cohen, 82, passed away from the COVID-19 virus, which contracted while recovering from knee surgery. Bruce was an emeritus professor of history at Worcester State University, where he taught from 1965 until his retirement in 2016. He was a devotee labor history, a … Continue reading Bruce Cohen Remembered by Rob Weir

CFP: Fantasy and Science Fiction Area #NEPCA2020

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on the topic of Fantasy and Science Fiction for its fall conference to be held Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, on Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24, 2020. This conference marks the introduction to the Fantasy and Science Fiction area, which is … Continue reading CFP: Fantasy and Science Fiction Area #NEPCA2020

CFP: Disney Studies at #NEPCA2020

Why Disney Studies? Before I moved to New England and discovered NEPCA, I once asked the PCA/ACA about having a Disney Studies area for their national conference. I was told (and I paraphrase loosely) that Disney transcended too many areas to be its own standalone area. That, in my argument, is precisely WHY we need … Continue reading CFP: Disney Studies at #NEPCA2020

CFP: Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area for #NEPCA2020

2020 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) Conference Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 Proposal due: June 1, 2020 The Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area of NEPCA invites proposals from scholars of all levels for papers and/or panels that explore any aspect of the role … Continue reading CFP: Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area for #NEPCA2020

Book Review: American Community: Radical Experiments in Intentional Living

American Community: Radical Experiments in Intentional Living. By Mark Ferrara. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2020. 183 pp + notes, index. Many scholars have jettisoned the baggage-laden term “utopia.” Dictionaries often imprecisely define it as an imaginary and perfect society. Blame Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), who–in 1516–coined the term “utopia” for an eponymous and … Continue reading Book Review: American Community: Radical Experiments in Intentional Living