Annual Conference

This page is the conference page for the 2020 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) Conference.  It will be updated periodically and should be the go-to place for information.  We also encourage you to sign up for the NEPCA blog to keep up-to-date with our conference and other information and opportunities (sign up via email, RSS, or other preferred formats on the right-hand column).

The 2020 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will host its annual conference this fall on Friday, October 23-Saturday, October 24 at the Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, 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 this year’s conference.

A chalk board with Scrabble letters spelling out "NEPCA is coming" in the center.

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.

COVID-19 And The Conference

We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will be making adjustments as we need.  Currently, we are planning for either a hybrid conference (live sessions and virtual sessions) or an entirely virtual conference. This will largely be up to what our hosting institution decides.  Our next announcement about conference planning should come in early June.  If we run a virtual conference, the registration price will be adjusted to reflect the reduced costs.

Conference Schedule

  • The Call-For-Papers Submission Form is open from now until June 15st.
  • Conference registration will open in July, 2020 with early-bird pricing.
  • Early to mid-July, we will announce accepted papers.
  • A draft version of the schedule will likely be available by mid-to-late July, 2020.
  • For accepted proposals, the last day to register for the conference will be by Monday, September 21st.
  • Monday, September 21st will also be the last day of early-bird registration.

Book your room!

We will also have (and request) additional recommendations for places to stay, eat and enjoy while in the Manchester area.

The 2020 conference is about 1 hour from Boston, just under 2 hours from Providence, RI or around 2.5 hours from Burlington, VT, Hartford, Connecticut or Augusta, ME, about 3.5 hours from Albany, NY, 4.5 hours from New York City or Montreal, QC.

For more information or questions, contact

Lance Eaton
Executive Secretary, NEPCA