Heroes in Popular Culture Area CFP - MPCA/MACA Conference (Oct. 18-22 2017 in St. Louis, MO)

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association
contact email: 

Call for Papers:


2017 Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference

Oct. 18-22, 2017

St. Louis, MO (Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch)

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017



Papers can explore any topic relating to heroes and/or prevailing notions of heroism as they present themselves in popular culture. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


-Superheroes and action stars as heroic icons

-Video games and the experience of vicarious/learned heroism

-Connections between violence and heroism

-The gendering of heroism

-Heroines in young adult fiction

-Anti-heroes in media

-Pop culture heroes and religion/mythology

-Hero worship

-Real world heroes in the news and biographies


Please upload 250 word abstract proposals on any aspect of Heroes in Popular Culture to the Heroes in Popular Culture area, http://submissions.mpcaaca.org/.


Any questions? Please email Area Chair Jef Burnham at jefburnham@gmail.com.

More information about the conference can be found at http://mpcaaca.org/stlouis-2017/2017-cfp/


Also, please note the availability of graduate student travel grants: http://mpcaaca.org/conference/travel-grants/.


Please include name, e-mail address, and affiliation with the 250 word abstract. Also, please indicate in your submission whether your presentation will require an LCD Projector.