NEPCA 2021 (Virtual): Comedy Studies Area

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Popular and American Culture Association

We are currently soliciting submissions for the Comedy Studies Area of the NEPCA Conference, which will take place virtually from Thursday, October 21-Saturday, October 23.

This area seeks papers considering humor in popular culture, past and present. Recent papers have considered Canada’s CODCO and Kids in the Hall, social messages in Richard Pryor’s stand-up comedy, and political incorrectness in Seth MacFarlane’s adult television cartoons.  A more general list offers additional topics:

  • Authors, texts, and motifs from literary humor
  • Contemporary media as news source
  • Politics and the political process
  • Comedy in film genres (comedy, musical, romantic comedy, horror, drama)
  • Humor in advertisements
  • Comedians, past and present
  • Gender, race, and sexuality issues in humor
  • Humor from marginalized groups
  • Humor as social and political activism
  • Streaming platforms and the rise of comedic narrowcasting
  • Satire, in all its iterations
  • Critical and popular reception of comedic texts
  • Teaching comedic works


The call will be open until August 1, 2021.  You can submit at the link below which will ask the following questions about your proposal:

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

Submit proposals here:


More information about the conference can also be found here:

Additionally, the NEPCA conference is a great opportunity for early career scholars and graduate students. Combined registration and membership costs $50.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Sam Chesters, Area Chair at