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2018 NEPCA Conference

NEPCA’s 2018 Fall Conference will be held at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA OCTOBER 19-20, 2018.

Proposals due before June 1, 2108.

Peter C. Rollins Book Prize

The deadline for publishers to submit nominations for the 2017 Rollins Prize is July 1, 2018. This prize will honor the best book written by a scholar working in New England or New York on a topic pertaining to popular or/and American culture during the year 2017.

Carol Mitchell and Amos St.. Germain Graduate Paper Prizes. Rolling date for consideration until July 1. Papers must be nominated by panel chair.

PCA Awards Committees Seeking Judges

The following PCA Awards Committees need additional judges/members for the 2019 awards competition (
Ray & Pat Browne Award for the Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Popular Culture and American Culture Committee
Ray & Pat Browne Award for the Best Edited Collection Committee
Ray and Pat Browne Award for the Best Reference/Primary Source Work in Popular Culture and American Culture Committee
John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Textbook/Primer in Popular Culture and American Culture Committee
Emily Toth Award for the Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Women’s Studies Committee
John Leo & Dana Heller Award for the Best Single Work, Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in LGBTQ Studies Committee
Peter C. Rollins Award for the Best Documentary Film Committee
Electronic Reference Site Award Committee
Russell B. Nye Award Committee (
Nominations (including self-nominations) are invited. Nominations should include the name of nominee, affiliation, choice of committee, and copy of nominee’s curriculum vitae.  Also state whether nominee would be willing to serve as a committee chair.
Nominations will be accepted until August 25, 2018.
Contact Sue Matheson (, Vice President of Awards, with questions.

Norse Mythology in Popular Culture

More than Marvel: Representations of Norse Mythology in Contemporary Popular Culture

Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

54th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

9-12 May 2019

Proposals due by 15 September 2018


Myths and legends from the Middle Ages remain important links to the past, and there has been much interest in recasting this material into post-medieval contexts, forging a bridge between our forebears and our modern selves. Creators of our own time have been especially prolific in reviving these stories for new audiences. The tales told of the gods of the Norsemen are one such medieval legacy to find currency today, and they have appeared in a variety of media, including comics. For example, Marvel Comics’ representation of the Norse god Thor has been an important element of its shared world since his debut in 1962, and, in its incorporation of the character into the Marvel Universe, the publisher has done much in the service of Medieval Studies through its widespread dissemination across the globe of a relatable depiction of the Norse Gods and the intricate mythology associated with them. Marvel’s account of Thor and his compatriots has also featured in an array of media beyond the pages of its long-running comic book series, and the recent release of three feature films centered around the Asgardian as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of the world’s most popular and prosperous movie and television franchises, has provided additional texts to further knowledge of the Nine Worlds and its inhabitants. Nonetheless, while Marvel remains the most prominent creator of modern tales of the Norse gods, the company does not hold the exclusive rights to this material. Other writers, comics creators, filmmakers, television producers, and game designers have also appropriated the stories and legends of the gods of Asgard and further individuals within the cosmology of the Nine Worlds for their own purposes, yet their work remain relatively unknown when compared to the phenomenal success and reach of Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios.

It is the intent of this session to shed the spotlight on these other examples of Nordic-inspired medievalisms and to bring them into ongoing conversations and debates about the reception of the medieval in the post-medieval world. We are especially interested in the reach of Marvel’s versions beyond the United States and how other approaches to the material engage with, react to, or ignore Marvel’s work. In addition, we hope to include coverage of texts from non-Western media (like anime and manga) that have embraced the traditions of the Norse gods in innovative ways.

Potential Topics: (a good starting point is the “Norse mythology in popular culture” page on Wikipedia at

  • The Almighty Johnsons
  • American Gods
  • Day of the Giants (Lester del Rey)
  • Fafner in the Azure
  • Doctor Who
  • Everworld (K. A. Applegate)
  • Gods of Asgard (Erik A. Evensen)
  • Graphic Myths and Legends series
  • Hammer of the Gods (Michael Avon Oeming and Mark Wheatley)
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys / Xena: Warrior Princess
  • The Incredible Hulk Returns
  • Last Days of the Justice Society of America
  • The Life Eaters (David Brin and Scott Hampton)
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (Rick Riordan)
  • The Mask
  • The Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok
  • Mythquest
  • Norse Myths: A Viking Graphic Novel series
  • Odyssey of the Amazons (DC Comics)
  • Oh! My Goddess!
  • Ragnarok (Myung Jin Lee) / Ragnarok Online
  • Stargate
  • Supernatural
  • Valhalla (Peter Madsens)
  • Witches of East End

Presentations will be limited to 15 or 20 minutes depending on final panel size.

Interested individuals should submit, no later than 15 September 2018, (1) paper proposal or abstract of approximately 500 words, (2) a 250 to 500-word academic biographical narrative, and (3) a completed Participant Information Form (accessible at to the organizers at using “More than Marvel” as their subject heading.

In planning your proposal, please be aware of the policies of the Congress (available at

Further information about the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture and its outreach efforts can be accessed at The Medieval in Popular Culture (

Of especial interest, the Association hosts sites devoted to both medieval-themed films and comics. These can be accessed at Medieval Studies on Screen ( and TheMedieval Comics Project (, respectively.


The deadline for sending a proposal for NEPCA’s fall conference is midnight on June 1. Please send your proposals now as NEPCA will only solicit papers to round out existing panels after the deadline passes. All details for applying can be found on the tab above marked 2018 Conference.

Soccer Conference in Cambridge MA

May 31-June 2nd
Cambridge, MA

The third conference in the series on Soccer and Globalization will focus on participation and inclusion in global sports and global history. Using a comparative perspective, we look to better understand how and why certain types of people are allowed to participate and others are not in a cross-section of sports, and what is being done to address these inequalities. Scholarly panels followed by roundtable discussions of NGO leaders, former players, and club and organizing body officials will create a better dialogue between different stakeholders.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Complete program available on the conference website.

Contact Info:

Jessica Barnard
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
A Research Cluster on Global Transformations
Harvard University

Women Warriors at NEPCA

Women Warriors and Popular Culture: Representations across Time and Space

Panel Proposed for the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area

Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

2018 Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)

Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts

19-20 October 2018

Proposals due 1 June 2018

Women warriors have been important figures throughout history, but their reception and representation in popular culture is often overlooked. As a means of furthering discussion and debate on these individuals, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture invites paper proposals that explore the histories, mythologies, cultural presentations and workings of women warriors across time and space. We welcome papers that delve into the popular cultural appropriation of notable women warriors, such as Boudicca, Joanna of Flanders Joan of Arc, or Grace O’Malley, as well as papers that address the place and signification of women warriors in the historical and mythic fiction of popular culture (TV, movies, comics, etc.), such as Snow White and the HuntsmanThe Vikings, and Wonder Woman.

Presentations will be limited to 15 or 20 minutes in length depending on final panel size.

Directions for Submission:

Please contact the organizers Michael A. Torregrossa and June-Ann Greeley at, using “Women Warriors and Popular Culture” as your subject line, with any questions in advance of the 1 June 2018 deadline.

Submissions for the panel will be made by the organizers to NEPCA. We need contact information, academic affiliation (if any), an academic biographical statement (between 50 and 200 words), a paper title (no more than 60 characters), and a paper abstract (no more than 250 words). Please send this to us at, using “Women Warriors and Popular Culture” as your subject line.


Proposals for NEPCA’s annual conference are due June 1. Please submit your proposals ASAP. NEPCA staff know this is a busy time, but NEPCA needs to meet in June to assemble the conference and begin doing to scores of tasks necessary for conducting a successful conference.

One click on the 2018 Conference tab will take you to a page with all needed information. Submit now and let all your colleagues know!

CFP: Americana

Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture invites submissions in American Studies and American popular culture for our journal.

DEADLINE: 1 June 2018 for the Spring 2018 edition of Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present

We welcome a variety of critical appraoches on subject matter such as film, television, streaming shows, YouTube shows/channels, sports, bestsellers, venues, fashion, emerging popular culture trends, pop culture and technology, music, politics, style, and other related pop culture topics.

All work is peer reviewed by our Advisory Board readers:

[[If you would like to be considered for our Advisory Board, email a CV to The duties include reading one or two essays per year in your field of expertise.]]

Please keep your name off the submission itself as we use the double blind peer review process.

We encourage you to read past issues as well as the current issue if you would like to get a sense of the kind of work we have published:

Guidelines for submission are here:

Email submissions to

Thank you. We look forward to reading your research and writing.


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