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Race & Ethnicity in Popular Culture (Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) 2024 Conference )

Dudley, MA & Online
Organization: Northeast Popular Culture Association
Event: Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) 2024 Conference
Categories: American, Genre & Form, Women's Studies, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry
Event Date: 2024-10-03 to 2024-10-05 Abstract Due: 2024-06-15

Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) 2024 Hybrid Conference

Call for Papers: Race and Ethnicity in Popular Culture

Current Chair: Indya Jackson, Ramapo College of New Jersey, ijackso2@ramapo.edu

Dates: Thursday, October 3, 2024 - Saturday, October 5, 2024. 

Location: Nichols College in Dudley, MA and Online*


We invite submissions that critically examine the intersections of race and ethnicity within popular culture. From film and television to literature and social media, this CFP seeks to interrogate the ways in which racial identities are constructed, represented, and contested in contemporary media landscapes. We welcome diverse theoretical perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches that shed light on the myriad approaches to race and ethnicity within the realm of popular culture. 


Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Constructions, depictions, and appropriations of race in various popular formats (ex: film, literature, comics, video games, social media etc.). 
  • The intersections of race, ethnicity, popular culture and academia. 
  • Race and ethnicity in popular discourses (ex: conversations around DEI, police reform and mass incarceration, critical race theory, antiracism, migration etc.). 
  • The meaning(s) of race and ethnicity in constructions of nation/nationalism, “anti-woke” culture, neoliberalism, globalization, and capitalism. 



The call will be open until June 15, 2024. You can submit your proposal at this link, which will ask the following questions about your proposal:

Proposal Type (Single Presentation or Panel)
Subject Area
Working Title
Academic Affiliation (if any)
Abstract (250 words)
Short bio (50-200 words)

For more information, please visit our 2024 Conference Page: https://nepca.blog/2023-annual-conference/

*Virtual sessions will take place on Thursday evening and Friday morning via Zoom, and in-person sessions will take place on Friday evening and Saturday morning at Nichols College, Dudley, Massachusetts.



Indya Jackson