Annual Conference

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The 2022 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will host its annual conference this fall as another virtual conference from Thursday, October 20-Saturday, October 22. The official CFP is here or you can go right to the CFP submission form here. Deadline is August 15, 2022 by end of day (EST).

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 this year’s conference.

NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. We welcome proposals from graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.

We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available to share.

Conference Schedule

While the full schedule won’t be determined until late August, we can let you know that the conference will be like last year in format:

  • Thursday, October 20th (evening)
  • Friday, October 21st (late afternoon into the evening)
  • Saturday, October 22 (morning into midday)

Conference Proposals

  • So you’re going to submit a proposal? Here are the essentials of what you need for that proposal:
  • Your Email
  • The type of proposal (single paper or full panel)
  • Your Name
  • Your Proposed Subject Area
  • An Abstract (no more than 250 words)
  • Academic Affiliation (if applicable)
  • Scholarly Role
  • Short Bio (up to 200 words)
  • Timing preferences for the session

DEADLINE IS AUGUST 15, 2022 by end of day (EST).

Guidance about NEPCA proposals and presenting at NEPCA

  1. Proposals should have a clear reference/inclusion/connection to popular culture/cultural studies (past, present, or future)
  2. Participants can only present one paper per conference.
  3. Participants can only propose one paper at a time. If their proposal is rejected, they are allowed to submit one more proposal.
  4. All presenters must register for the conference by October 1 in order to maintain their place in the program and present at the conference.
  5. Presenters will have 15-20 minutes to present their papers at the conference. The difference in time will vary on the size of the panel they are placed upon. 20 minutes if it is a 3-person panel; 15 minutes for a 4-person panel. Please respect the allotted time so that all panelists have an appropriate amount of time to present. Exceeding the allotted may impact whether future proposals are accepted.
  6. We invited proposals from graduate students, independent scholars, part-time faculty, and full-time faculty. We are also open to undergraduate presentations, provided a faculty member is also included as a point of reference (Please include the faculty member’s name, institution, and email in the bio section when submitting).


Registration is now open. Visit our Eventbrite registration page.

Registration Costs

  • Conference Registration & Membership Dues: $54.67
  • Updated & Lifetime Members, Past NEPCA Presidents: $17.55
  • If folks have financial challenges that make the conference registration fee hard to afford, please complete this form by 111:59pm (EST) on Monday, September 20, 2022.

Social Events Proposals

This year, we are also looking for proposals for special and social events. Given that it is virtual, we know that we miss some of the communal aspects that occur at the physical conference. So, if you have an idea for an event, session, etc, please feel free to pitch them. These can include but are not limited to:

  • Network Opportunities: sessions for networking around a particular topic, geographic area, career stage, etc
  • Advice sessions: tips for tenure, how to publish an academic book, converting academese into accessible writing and speaking, course design tips, etc.
  • Nerd-outs: sessions where a particular topic, a section of pop culture, or the like is offered up as a purpose of gathering and chatting.
  • Watch parties: new shows, old movies, classic commercials, or Saturday morning cartoons, etc
  • Games: lots of different games out there to play via virtual environment from trivia to role-playing games to board games
  • Other Ideas: What other events & activities can we do to bridge more connections and interactions within our community during the conference? What do you think? Share your ideas!

We welcome all sorts of ideas to be submitted. Submissions will be reviewed and feedback given on the feasibility of the proposal for the conference and some parameters depending upon what is in a given proposal and in conjunction with other proposals. We may modify or blend proposals together as makes sense for the conference.

If you have questions about your proposal before submitting, contact and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. Otherwise, go to this form to submit your ideas!

Last updated – 7/30/2022