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Call for H-PCAACA Network Editors and Review Editors

H-PCAACA is issuing a call for new Network Editors and Review Editors. If you are interested in joining H-PCAACA’s volunteer team of Editors, please email us at editorial-pcaaca@mail.h-net.msu.edu with a C.V. and cover letter attached.

This is truly an exciting time to study popular culture across disciplines .The editorial staff of H-PCAACA is dedicated to expanding the Network’s scope and reach. The new capacity of the H-Net Commons for multi-media content is ideally suited to host projects including blogs, podcasts, a peer reviewed paper series, crowdsourced ventures, and document collections. Please also indicate in your email if there is a specific project or topic you would like to focus on. Graduate students and recent PhDs are welcome to apply.

H-Net Review Editors assign reviews and manage submissions via H-Net’s review system. Reviews are a vital and vibrant part of H-Net’s mission and provide a tremendous service to the academic community. Popular culture has become a hot topic in the past few years and there is a wealth of new scholarship available. H-Net has access to the latest in publications on education and teaching and an established audience. By H-Net guidelines, Book Review Editors must have PhDs.

H-Net provides online training that must be completed by all new editors. The training is short and will give editors the ability to fully utilize the potential of the H-Net’s Commons. Editors share in the responsibilities of managing the network according to a monthly rotation. All editors must agree to a two-year commitment. Most importantly, prospective editors must have enthusasm for education and a willingness to be an active part of an editorial team.

In your cover letter, please state your reasons for wanting to become an H-PCAACA editor. Your cover letter should also incorporate an acknowledgement of your willingness to assume a two-year commitment and agreement to abide by H-Net’s constitution, bylaws and policies. All applications must include complete and current contact information, a reliable email address, graduate school and program and year of study.

Editing H-NET networks provides valuable service to your field and a unique line to your CV. If you have any questions, please email us at editorial-pcaaca@mail.h-net.msu.edu.

PCA Awards Committees Seeking Judges

The following PCA Awards Committees need additional judges/members for the 2019 awards competition (https://pcaaca.org/awards/literary-film-electronic-awards):
Ray & Pat Browne Award for the Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Popular Culture and American Culture Committee
Ray & Pat Browne Award for the Best Edited Collection Committee
Ray and Pat Browne Award for the Best Reference/Primary Source Work in Popular Culture and American Culture Committee
John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Textbook/Primer in Popular Culture and American Culture Committee
Emily Toth Award for the Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Women’s Studies Committee
John Leo & Dana Heller Award for the Best Single Work, Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in LGBTQ Studies Committee
Peter C. Rollins Award for the Best Documentary Film Committee
Electronic Reference Site Award Committee
Russell B. Nye Award Committee (https://pcaaca.org/awards/journal-awards)
Nominations (including self-nominations) are invited. Nominations should include the name of nominee, affiliation, choice of committee, and copy of nominee’s curriculum vitae.  Also state whether nominee would be willing to serve as a committee chair.
Nominations will be accepted until August 25, 2018.
Contact Sue Matheson (smatheson@ucn.ca), Vice President of Awards, with questions.

Sharing NEPCA Members’ Scholarship & Endeavors

Greetings NEPCA Community,

We recently realized that we could be doing more to promote and cross-pollinate the research that our members are doing every year.  We are regularly impressed with the different articles, books, blogs, and other academic (and creative) content that you regularly put out there and we want to make sure the rest of our community knows as well.

To that end, we have created the following forms so that you can share with us the work that you are doing and we can share that work across our social media platforms.

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Here’s how it works:

If you’ve published something in the last year (we’ll say from January 2017 to the present) and want us to share on our social media platforms, then please fill out the following form for EACH publication you want us to share.

NEPCA Publications Form

Depending upon demand, over the ensuing weeks/months, we will be sure to share it out on our platforms for others to see.

If you have a blog, youtube series, or podcast series, or some other creative online endeavor that explores popular culture, we’d love to share your content on our platforms.  We’d want you to fill out the form below and provide us with the RSS feed so we can automatically post your content when you update with a new post/video/podcast.

NEPCA Social Media Form

In return for either posting your publications or sharing your creative content, we ask that you please do at least one (if not all) of the following:

If you have questions about this or are interested in learning more, contact Lance Eaton (lance.eaton@gmail.com).

PCA Nominations

Reminder: The PCA nominations committee extends its call for nominations for the 2018 PCA Elections.
Nominations are solicited for six elected positions in the PCA/ACA:
  1. Vice President for Awards
  2. Vice President for Area Chairs
  3. At-Large Member of the Governing Board
  4. At-Large Member of the Governing Board
  5. At-Large Member of the Governing Board
  6. At-Large Member of the Governing Board
Position #1: Vice President for Awards
Seeking nominations for a Vice President for Awards. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in:
  1. Structuring, defining, posting on the website, and supervising all PCA literary and film awards;
  2. Superintending all service and journal awards;
  3. Recruiting individuals to assist in this process;
  4. Producing all PCA awards with the oversight and approval of the Treasurer, making them available at the various conference;
  5. Offering advice to the President and the Governing Board on issues related to the awards.
Candidates must possess experience with the PCA, including having been a member of the PCA for four of the previous seven years.

Position #2: Vice President for Programming and Area Chairs
Seeking nominations for a Vice President of Curriculum & Instruction. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in:

  1. Managing the process of choosing, replacing, recruiting, and supporting of Area Chairs;
  2. Maintaining clear and succinct communication with Area Chairs as well as fostering communication among the Area Chairs, President, Governing Board, and Executive Director;
  3. Ensuring the quality of papers and presentations given at the annual conference;
  4. Offering advice to the President and the Governing Board on issues related to the Area Chairs.
Candidates must possess experience with the PCA, including having been a member of the PCA for four of the previous seven years.
Position #3: At-Large Member, Governing Board 
Seeking nominations for an At-Large Governing Board Member. Candidates must demonstrate a robust willingness to serve the organization, as well as possess significant experience within the PCA/ACA, including having been a member for four of the last seven years.

Position #4: At-Large Member, Governing Board 
Seeking nominations for an At-Large Governing Board Member. Candidates must demonstrate a robust willingness to serve the organization, as well as possess significant experience within the PCA/ACA, including having been a member for four of the last seven years.

Position #5: At-Large Member, Governing Board 
Seeking nominations for an At-Large Governing Board Member. Candidates must demonstrate a robust willingness to serve the organization, as well as possess significant experience within the PCA/ACA, including having been a member for four of the last seven years.

Position #6: At-Large Member, Governing Board 
Seeking nominations for an At-Large Governing Board Member. Candidates must demonstrate a robust willingness to serve the organization, as well as possess significant experience within the PCA/ACA, including having been a member for four of the last seven years.

Nominations and self-nominations should be submitted through the PCA website here:

Weir Publishes on Madame Sherri

Rob Weir, Executive Secretary for NEPCA, has just published an article in Magazine Americana on New Hampshire eccentric Antoinette Sheri. It evolved from a paper he gave at NEPCA in 2016.

Here is the URL: http://www.americanpopularculture.com/style.htm

One of Our Graduate Prize Winners

Here’s a picture of Eren Odabasi,the winner of the 2016 Carol Mitchell Prize for Best Graduate Student paper. Alas, Nova Seals, our Amos St. Germain Prize winner got away from the podium before I could snap her picture. Each year NEPCA honors two graduate students for excellence at the previous year’s conference. Maybe your picture will appear next year! 

Seeking Hosts for the Podcast New Books in Sports

New Books in Sports (http://newbooksnetwork.com/category/sports/) is currently seeking hosts interested in conducting interviews with authors of new books on sports. Hosting the channel is a good way to bring the work of sports scholars to the attention of large audiences. Interested parties should write Marshall Poe at marshallpoe@gmail.com.

New Books in Sports is part of the New Books Network (http://newbooksnetwork.com), a non-profit consortium of 81 author-interview podcasts focused on academic books. The NBN serves 25,000 episodes a day to a worldwide audience. Its mission is outreach and public education.