NEPCA area chairs help the organization assemble its annual conference by helping the program chair determine the worthiness of paper submissions. They also help submitters fashion their proposals. NOTE: All the emails links should be live. See below for the full listing of responsibilities.
This is a current list of specialized chairs, but NEPCA is open to new panels and individual papers on a much wider range of subjects. If you don’t see your area, don’t despair. Contact the None of the Above chair at the bottom of the list for consultation and assistance.
Area Chairs for Special Topics for 2020 NEPCA Conference
- Animals and Culture: Elizabeth Gartley, The New School, firstname.lastname@example.org
- COVID-19 and Popular Culture: Lori Seward, email@example.com
- Disney Studies: Priscilla Hobbs, Southern New Hampshire University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Current NEPCA Area Chairs
- American Literature and Fiction: Mark Madigan, Nazareth College, email@example.com
- Belief: June-Ann Greeley, Sacred Heart University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Celtic Studies: Tim Madigan, St. John Fisher College, email@example.com
- Comics and Graphic Novels: Zack Kruse, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Crime and Scandal in Fact and Fiction: Joe Baumstarck, University of Louisville, email@example.com
- Dance and Performance Studies: OPEN
- Digital Media and Gaming Culture: Jeff Cain, Sacred Heart University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fan, Fandoms, and Celebrity Studies: Shelly Jones, SUNY Delhi, email@example.com
- Fantasy and Science Fiction: Amie Doughty, SUNY Oneonta, Amie.Doughty@oneonta.edu
- Fashion and Body Image: Gloria Monaghan, Wentworth Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Film & History: Carol Mitchell, Springfield College, email@example.com
- Food, Foodways and Culture: Ann Kordas, Johnson & Wales University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Genders, Sex and Sexualities: Carol-Ann Farkas, MCPHS University, Carol-Ann.Farkas@mcphs.edu
- Global Cultures: Frank A. Salamone, Iona College, email@example.com
- Health, Disease and Popular Culture: Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, Jennifer.Tebbe-Grossman@mcphs.edu
- History and Uses of the Past: James P. Hanlan, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Humor: Geraldine Wagner, Johnson & Wales University, Geraldine.Wagner@jwu.edu
- Labor Studies: OPEN
- Libraries, Archives, Collecting & Publishing: Julie DeCesare, Providence College, email@example.com
- Marketing and Advertising: Rick Magee, Sacred Heart University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monsters and the Monstrous: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar, email@example.com
- Music: Terry Hamblin, SUNY Delhi, firstname.lastname@example.org
- New England Studies: Peter Holloran, Worcester State University, email@example.com
- Philosophy and Popular Culture: Anthony G. Cirilla, College of the Ozarks, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Politics, Civic Life and Popular Culture: Dana Gavin, Marist College, email@example.com
- Psychology and Popular Culture: Michelle Ronayne, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Race and Ethnicity: Cory Matieyshen, Independent Scholar, email@example.com
- Romance/Popular Romance Fiction: Wendy Wagner, Johnson & Wales, Wendy.Wagner@jwu.edu
- Science and Technology: Todd Olszewski, Providence College, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sports: OPEN
- Storytelling: Constructing Oral and Written Narratives: Adam Crowley, Husson College, email@example.com
- Teaching and Popular Culture: Lance Eaton, Harvard University, North Shore Community College, Southern New Hampshire University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Television: Karen Honeycutt, Keene State College, email@example.com
- Travel: Mark D. Van Ells, Queensborough Community College, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Urban Studies: Lois Ascher, Wentworth Institute, email@example.com
- War, Peace and Culture: Shawn Driscoll, University of Massachusetts–Lowell, firstname.lastname@example.org
- World Literature: Susan Gorman, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, email@example.com
- None of the Above: Lance Eaton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area Chair Responsibilities
Area Chairs commit to doing the following activities as part of their role of Area Chair.
- Solicit proposals in your area for the annual NEPCA conference by actively reaching out on different listservs (e.g. HNet listservs), CFP aggregators (e.g UPENN CFP), professional communities, social media platforms, and individual professional networks and sharing the CFP.
- Review and evaluation proposals for your area on an ongoing admission throughout the CFP call (typically, January-June).
- Assemble approved proposals into panels within 3-5 days of the end of the CFP.
- Serve as the liaison with presenters in your area to communicate information related to the conference and to field questions from the presenters.
- Be prepared to run virtual sessions in your area for virtual tracks of conferences, including communicating expectations, resources, and support around presenting in virtual spaces at conferences.
- Attend the fall NEPCA conference consistently & where relevant serve as panel chair to panels in your area.
- Actively participate the NEPCA community including:
- Respond in a timely manner to queries & requests from NEPCA (directly or via the Area Chair listserv), particularly messages from the Program Chair between June and the Fall conference.
- Attending NEPCA meetings (held 2-4 times a year, including 1 at the annual conference)
- Keep an eye out for and share content with NEPCA to share out on its network (e.g. other CFPs, relevant events/webinars, etc)
- Recommend graduate student papers for NEPCA student awards (when warranted)