Book Review: Nixon’s War at Home

Nixon’s War at Home: The FBI, Leftist Guerillas, and the Origins of Counterterrorism. By Daniel S. Chard. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021. 384 pages. $32.95 (hardcover).  The late Todd Gitlin titled his 1987 book The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. In the wake of conservative presidencies, rising levels of global … Continue reading Book Review: Nixon’s War at Home

CFP: Animals & Popular Culture for #NEPCA2022

The Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) invites proposals for its Animals and Culture area for its virtual conference from Oct 20-22, 2022 (Thursday evening, Friday late afternoon & evening, Saturday morning to midday-EDT). Historical, contemporary analyses and interdisciplinary approaches welcome. Proposals should appeal to a broad audience and minimize specialized terminology; submissions that engage with … Continue reading CFP: Animals & Popular Culture for #NEPCA2022

CFP: Animals and Culture

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Associations invites paper and panel proposals for its special topics – and hopefully continuing -  Animals and Culture area! Paper and panel proposals that explore a range of animal-culture interactions are invited. Below is a list of possible topics but in general historical and contemporary analyses and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.  … Continue reading CFP: Animals and Culture

NEPCA2021 Is Ready for Submissions!

We recently mentioned that this Fall conference would be held virtually from Thursday, October 21-Saturday, October 23. We’re very excited for the opportunities this affords a great many of us during these times. We now invite the community to submit proposals for this year’s conference. In the past year, we have updated our areas and … Continue reading NEPCA2021 Is Ready for Submissions!

Book Review: Haunted Bauhaus by Elizabeth Otto

Elizabeth Otto. Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics. MIT Press, 2019. Book review by Katherine Allocco (Western Connecticut State University) In Haunted Bauhaus, art historian Elizabeth Otto, who has published numerous books on the Bauhaus, turns her expertise to examining some of the movements and ideas that appeared on the … Continue reading Book Review: Haunted Bauhaus by Elizabeth Otto

Book Review: Alex. Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning by Alex Halberstadt

Halberstadt, Alex. Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning. Random House, 2020. Book review by Katherine Allocco (Western Connecticut State University) Alex Halberstadt’s Young Heroes of the Soviet Union redefines the genre of memoir creating something complex and compelling. He begins his memoir with the central question: Can trauma be inherited? … Continue reading Book Review: Alex. Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning by Alex Halberstadt

2019 NEPCA Conference – Call for Papers

The 2019 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will host its annual conference this fall on Friday, November 15-Saturday, November 16 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  We are looking forward to another engaging and rewarding conference for new and seasoned members alike.  We are seeking proposals for panels and presentations for … Continue reading 2019 NEPCA Conference – Call for Papers

Howard Bryant’s Searing Look at Black Athletes

The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism. By Howard Bryant. Beacon Press, 238 pages, 2018.  Once upon a time, black athletes were acutely aware of the "Heritage." That is, they recognized that sports were inseparable from the quest for racial equality and social justice. ESPN analyst Howard Bryant sees Paul … Continue reading Howard Bryant’s Searing Look at Black Athletes