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Revised Edition of the Historical Dictionary of New England




Longtime NEPCA member and former president Peter C. Holloran (Worcester State University) has published a revised and expanded second edition of Historical Dictionary of New England (Rowman & Littlefield).

Cultural Studies Newsletter

Here’s a link for Intellect’s latest newsletter that will inform you of new cultural studies books and journals.

Reviewers Needed

The editors of H-PCAACA are seeking a few volunteers to write 1-2 reviews of films, video games, or TV shows per month. Anyone interested in popular culture and who would like to review popular entertainment from a scholarly perspective is welcome to volunteer. These reviews will be peer-edited before posting. They will not focus on books and will not fall under H-Net Reviews. If you are interested, please email the H-PCAACA editors with a brief description of some films, TV shows, or games you are interested in reviewing.

Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) February 2016 Edition

On behalf of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) board, we are pleased to announce that the February 2016 edition ofCelebrity Culture and Social Inquiry has been published.

The February 2016 edition includes:

  • 3rd International CMCS Conference Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists and celebrities selling?
    Accepted delegates are encouraged to complete early bird registration by Monday, February 29, 2016. Guidelines to short listed candidates will be sent shortly.
  • 3rd International Celebrity Studies Conference: Authenticating Celebrity

    Early bird registration available at

    CFP 4th International Fan Studies Network Conference 2016

    Deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2016
  • Call for Contributors: Hooray for Hollywood: A Cultural Encyclopedia of America’s Dream Factory

    CFP National Populists: Right-wing Celebrity Politicians in Contemporary Europe (Special Issue of Celebrity Studies)

  • Special Editions “The Blond Issue” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”
  •  Media Coverage 

    Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) has been covered for informed opinions on BBC, Jimmy Kimmel Live show, and the Snoop Dogg petition in Humber News.

  • PhD Career Tips and Events

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The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is an international organization and research network that helps coordinating academic research and media commentaries on celebrity culture. CMCS carries a pedagogical philosophy that inspires integration of research and media skills training in academic and public discourses of fame.  The centre believes in intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical values of bridging gaps in higher education and media. With this view, CMCS helps coordinating research, publications, creative productions, and media commentaries to restore artistic and ethical acts for social change.

Bob Niemi’s New Book

NEPCA board member, two-term former president, and good friend Bob Niemi of St. Michael’s College has just published his sixth book, The Cinema of Robert Altman: Hollywood Maverick (Columbia University Press). You can order the book for yourself and/or your school library here: 



New Book: PAUL ROBESON: The Artist as Revolutionary, by Gerald Horne

PAUL ROBESON: The Artist as Revolutionary
By Gerald Horne
Available here:

Online Discussion “The Ugly Game” on World Cup Scandals

On Thursday, February 11, at 2pm Eastern U.S. time. the Football Scholars Forum is holding an online discussion of The Ugly Game: The Corruption of FIFA and the Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert.

Blake and Calvert’s book draws on terabytes of leaked FIFA files received from a confidential source to explain how Qatar won the bid competiton to host the 2022 World Cup. The two British investigative reporters focus on the actions of Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Qatari businessman and now-banned FIFA Executive Committee member. The book sheds new light on specific individuals and actions, as well as the Machiavellian nature of international football governance. It also raises many important questions about FIFA governance and structure. With the special presidential election set for February 26 in Zurich, the Football Scholars Forum’s discussion of The Ugly Game should help spark a timely discussion about a post-Blatter FIFA and whether its new leadership will bring about meaningful and long-lasting institutional transformation.

For more information about the Football Scholars Forum and to join the February 11 online conversation, email Alex Galarza (