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[UPDATE] The Fantastic (Open-Topic) for NEPCA (6/13/14; Providence, RI 10/24-25/14)
full name / name of organization:
Michael Torregrossa / Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair
CALL FOR PAPERS
2014 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Formed in 2009, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2014, and we seek proposals from scholars of all levels for papers that explore any aspect of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not limited to, elements of science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, gothic, horror, legends, and mythology) and how creative artists have altered our preconceptions of these subtraditions by producing, in diverse countries and time periods and for audiences at all levels, innovative works.
* Given the conference location in Rhode Island, we would also be very much interested in organizing at least one session on H. P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos.
* Given the proximity to Halloween, we are especially interested in proposal related to monsters and the monstrous, either in connection with Lovecraft or not.
Please see our website NEPCA Fantastic (http://sf-fantasy-legend.blogspot.com/) for further details and ideas. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in length (depending on final panel size).
If you are interested in proposing a paper or panel of papers, please send please send the NEPCA Paper Proposal Form (download from http://nepca.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/nepca-paper-proposal-form1-1.pd...) along with an abstract of approximately 250 to 400 words and a one to two page CV to both the Program Chair AND to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair at the following addresses (please note "NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2014" in your subject line):
Michael A. Torregrossa
The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is a regional affiliate of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association. NEPCA is an association of scholars in New England and New York, organized in 1974 at the University of Rhode Island. We reorganized and incorporated in Boston in 1992. The purpose of this professional association is to encourage and assist research, publication, and teaching on popular culture and culture studies topics by scholars in the northeast region of the United States. By bringing together scholars from various disciplines, both academic and non-academic people, we foster interdisciplinary research and learning. We publish a newsletter twice per year and we hold an annual conference at which we present both the Peter C. Rollins Book Award and an annual prize.
Membership in NEPCA is required for participation. Annual dues are currently $30 for full-time faculty and $15 to all other individuals. Further details are available at