NEPCA Area Chairs

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

Current NEPCA Area Chairs

Area Chair Responsibilities

1.  Solicit proposals in your area for the upcoming NEPCA conference. Get details on the upcoming conference.

2.  Advertise regularly for proposals.  A good place to do this is on H-Net.  We strongly recommend you post monthly Calls for Papers on H-Net.  You can send notes to H-Commons. It currently uses a system called H-Announce for Calls for Papers.   We also encourage you to send out flyers to outlets you may know of just as department heads, blogs, other professional organizations, and social media.

3.  Occasionally go into the shared folder of submitted CFPs to evaluate them for worthiness and recommend to the Program Chair whether or not a proposal should be included in the conference. Please note: The program committee makes the final call on accepting or rejecting proposals. We almost always accept the area chair recommendation, but sometimes have to reject papers that don’t fit into a conference panel slot.  Please advise applicants that they will hear from the Program Chair by early July.

4.  If you have enough good proposals to fashion an entire panel (generally, this would be three 20-minute presentations), recommend that panel to the Program Chair. Complete panels are almost always accepted in their entirety, though we request that not all panelists come from the same institution.

5.  Attend the fall NEPCA conference and chair a panel devoted to your area.  If you are unable to attend, please recommend another scholar who would be willing to take your place. (Caveat: That person must be a NEPCA member or be willing to become one.)

  Sample Call for Papers:


            The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on the topic of [subject area] for its fall conference to be held at [location] on [date].

Please send electronic versions of your proposal to: [Use the URL for the current year’s Google form].

NEPCA presentations are generally 15-20 minutes in length and may be delivered either formally or informally.  NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences which emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment involving graduate students, junior faculty, and senior scholars.

7 thoughts on “NEPCA Area Chairs

  1. Global Cultures: Frank A. Salamone, Iona College,

    Call for Papers for the NEPCA annual meeting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.NEPCA will hold its 2017 fall conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst the weekend of October 27-28, 2017. The conference will be held at the Campus Center overlooking the pond in the middle of the UMass campus. Lodging will be available in the Campus Center Hotel, which is in the same building

    Please, send proposals for panels or abstract to me at the address given, Papers of any topic dealing with popular culture in a global aspect are welcome. I interpret the term quite broadly – music, dance, literature, art and philosophy, for example. Abstracts should give your contact details and affiliation. 50 to 100 words of description should suffice. Student abstracts are welcome.

    • Depending on the focus, I’d say either American Literature (if a US author), World Literature (non-US writer), or Storytelling is you focus is on narrative development/structure.

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