Black Power/Black Super Powers

deadline for submissions: 
May 18, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Popular Culture Association
contact email: 

Papers are solicited for the Race and Ethnicity panel of the Northeast Popular Culture Association conference at Worcester State University on October 19/20, 2018.  With this year's success of the BLACK PANTHER film and the BLACK LIGHTNING television series, the role of black heroes engaging radical liberatory politics has taken on a very public presence.  Engaging resonances with The Black Panthers and their political presence, both of these popular culture superheroes (among others) represent many of the same culture-based politics and performances as real-world resistance movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, as well as literary iterations of black liberation implicated in the Afrofuturism movement.  Papers are solicited especially on any aspect of black resistance and black superheroes, as well as Afrofuturism and its most significant practitioners such as Octavia Butler, Samuel Delaney, and Ishmael Reed.  However, papers on any aspect of race and ethnicity in popular culture are also welcome in order to accommodate and encourage multiple panels.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words via the NEPCA website at by Friday, May 18, 2018.  For specific questions about this panel, please contact panel chair, Dr. Donald P. Gagnon, at