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CFP: Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area for NEPCA (2020 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) Conference)

Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire
Organization: Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA)
Event: 2020 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) Conference
Categories: American, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2020-10-23 to 2020-10-24 Abstract Due: 2020-06-01

Call for Papers for Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area for NEPCA

  • 2020 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) Conference
  • Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • Proposal due: June 1, 2020

The Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area of NEPCA invites proposals from scholars of all levels for papers and/or panels that explore any aspect of the role of political actors, institutions, ideology, rhetoric, and satire in popular culture. Papers may be drawn from all policy domains, both foreign and domestic.

Recent conferences featured panels on:

  • The presidency in popular culture
  • Storytelling in the public square
  • News coverage of political figures and campaigns
  • Narrative approaches to public policy
  • Political icons
  • American identity

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

Special Topics:

Given the proximity of the conference to the 2020 presidential election in the United States, papers and panels that specifically address primaries, or the general elections are particularly welcome.

Papers and panels that focus on the use of social media in both politics and policy are extremely welcome as well, as well as those papers and panels addressing the role of satire and humor as it pertains to politics, civic life, and pop culture.

Singular presentations or full panels can be submitted for consideration. Proposals can be submitted on the NEPCA Conference page (https://nepca.blog/conference/).  A complete submission includes 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 select “Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture” as your designated area.

Please address any questions about submissions to the area chair, Dana Gavin, at dgavi001@odu.edu.



Dana Gavin