Here Be Monsters: General Call for Papers for the Monsters & the Monstrous Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Here Be Monsters: General Call for Papers for the Monsters & the Monstrous Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
2022 Annual Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
Virtual Event to be held Thursday, 20 October, to Saturday, 22 October 2022
Proposals are due 15 August 2022
We live in an age full of monsters. We make them, yet they escape our control and have profound impacts on us, often reshaping us in their images. Our beliefs, experiences, and politics contribute much to our ideas of monsters. Depending on one’s perspective, we can find them in our homes, in our families, in our schools, in our communities, in our governments, and in the world at large. Often such monsters appear unexpectedly, but, at other times, they strike repeatedly against us and those we cherish. We also create and fear the monstrous in unknown spaces. The darkness of night, the depths of the oceans, other unexplored reaches of the planet, and the vastness of outer space are all common locations for monsters to dwell. Lastly, through media, both old and new, we encounter monsters in a multiplicity of cultural texts. Often we engage with them in printed works (such as comics, fiction, and poetry) or through performances (as in music or on stage), but, increasingly, we find the monster brought to life on the various screens we interact with each day: on computers, films, phones, tablets, and televisions.
The Monsters & the Monstrous Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (also known as NEPCA) invites proposals for 15-20-minute presentations that highlight our experiences with, reactions to, and/or reflections on the various monsters and monstrous entities (animal, human, hybrid, or preternatural) in popular culture.
This year, we are especially interested in submissions on the following topics:
“From ‘Them’ to Now: Changing Metaphors of the Monstrous Insect” (organized by Eddie Guimont, Bristol Community College) (co-sponsored with NEPCA’s Animals and Culture Special Topics) (see the full call at https://tinyurl.com/FromThemToNow)
H. G. Well’s War of the Worlds at 125 and its impact on popular culture (some ideas: aliens and alien invasions in popular culture or Mars and Martians in popular culture)
Monsters in comics milestones (Archie Comics’ Sabrina the Teenaged Witch at 60, Jack Kirby’s The Demon/Etrigan at 50, Marvel Comics’ Tomb of Dracula and Werewolf by Night at 50)
Monsters of the Past Becoming the Monsters of the Present (especially Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters: Afterlife, medieval monsters today, and The Munsters and Rob Zombie’s The Munsters)
Northeast Monsters & the Monstrous (for example: H. P. Lovecraft and his legacy in popular culture, local lore of monsters and the monstrous in the Northeast, the New England Gothic tradition in popular culture, the New England vampire panic in popular culture, the New England witch trials in popular culture, and Stephen King and his family and their impact on horror in popular culture)
Monsters & the Monstrous as Infestation
Monsters & the Monstrous as Invaders/Invasion
Monsters on screen milestones (Haxan at 100; Freaks, Island of Lost Souls, The Mummy, Murders in the Rue Morgue, and White Zombie at 90; Cat People at 80; The Curse of Frankenstein, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, and The Incredible Shrinking Man at 65; Doctor Faustus at 55; Poltergeist, Swamp Thing, and The Thing at 40; Hellraiser and The Monster Squad at 35; Candyman at 30; and The Devil’s Advocate at 25; Hotel Transylvania at 10)
Vampire milestones (Le Fanu’s Carmilla at 150 and Stoker’s Dracula at 125) and their impact on popular cultures
Vampires on screen milestones (Nosferatu at 100, Vamprye at 90, Blacula at 50, The Lost Boys at 35, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Forever Knight at 30, Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show at 25; and Blood Ties and Moonlight at 15 )
“The worst monsters are the ones we create”: Monstrosity in the Witcherverse (organized by Kris Larsen, Central Connecticut State University) (see the full call at https://tinyurl.com/MonstrosityinWitcherverse)
Send any questions on these or other topics to Michael A. Torregrossa, the Monsters & the Monstrous Area Chair, at Popular.Preternaturaliana@gmail.com. However, please submit your proposal directly into NEPCA’s conference system at https://bit.ly/CFPNEPCA22. You will need to have prepared the following: Yout Email, The type of proposal (single paper or full panel), Your Name, Your Proposed Subject Area (select “Monsters and the Monstrous” please), An Abstract (no more than 250 words), Academic Affiliation (if applicable), Scholarly Role, and Short Bio (up to 200 words), and Timing preferences for the session. The system will send you a receipt of your submission and alert the area chair of its readiness for review.
If accepted, presenters must join NEPCA for the year and pay the conference fee. This year the costs are $54.67 USD for Conference Registration & Membership Dues. Payment is expected in advance of 1 October 2022. Do connect with the area chair (at Popular.Preternaturaliana@gmail.com) or NEPCA directly via Lance Eaton, the Executive Secretary, (at firstname.lastname@example.org), if you are experiencing financial challenges that might impact your ability to present.
NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment. NEPCA conferences offer intimate and nurturing sessions in which new ideas and works-in-progress can be aired, as well as completed projects.
We welcome proposals from scholars of all levels, including full-time faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, junior faculty, part-time faculty, and senior scholars. We are also open to undergraduate presentations, provided a faculty member is also included as a point of reference (please include the faculty member’s name, institution, and email in the bio section when submitting).
For further details on NEPCA, please visit its site at https://nepca.blog/. The dedicated page for the conference is https://nepca.blog/conference/.
The Monsters & the Monstrous Area maintains its own site for news and resources. Please check us out at https://popularpreternaturaliana.blogspot.com/.
This call for papers can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/HereBeMonstersNEPCA22.
Michael A Torregrossa