CFP: Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area for NEPCA

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA)
contact email: 

Call for Papers for Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area for NEPCA

  • 2020 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) Conference
  • Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24
  • Proposal due: June 1, 2020

The Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture Area of NEPCA invites proposals from scholars of all levels for papers and/or panels that explore any aspect of the role of political actors, institutions, ideology, rhetoric, and satire in popular culture. Papers may be drawn from all policy domains, both foreign and domestic.

Recent conferences featured panels on:

  • The presidency in popular culture
  • Storytelling in the public square
  • News coverage of political figures and campaigns
  • Narrative approaches to public policy
  • Political icons
  • American identity

Presentations will be limited to 15 or 20 minutes in length depending on the final panel size.

Special Topics:

Given the proximity of the conference to the 2020 presidential election in the United States, papers and panels that specifically address primaries, or the general elections are particularly welcome.

Papers and panels that focus on the use of social media in both politics and policy are extremely welcome as well, as well as those papers and panels addressing the role of satire and humor as it pertains to politics, civic life, and pop culture.

Singular presentations or full panels can be submitted for consideration.  Proposals can be submitted on the NEPCA Conference page or by going directly to the submission form here.  A complete submission includes contact information, academic affiliation (if any), an academic biographical statement (between 50 and 200 words), a paper title (no more than 60 characters), and a paper abstract (no more than 250 words). Please select “Politics, Civic Life, and Pop Culture” as your designated area.

Please address any questions about submissions to the area chair, Dana Gavin, at