CFP: Northeast Popular/American Culture Association’s (NEPCA) Folklore, Belief and Religion Area invites proposals for the Fall Virtual Conference October 12 – October 14, 2023

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Popular/American Culture Association

DEADLINE EXTENDED The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association’s Folklore, Belief and Religion Area welcomes paper submissions for NEPCA’s 2023 fall virtual conference will be held October 12 – October 14, 2023, via Zoom. The deadline for proposals is August 14, 2023.  


This Area creates a wide net to examine the intersection of religion/ myth/fairy tale/ folklore in popular American and global culture. “Religion” here is not limited to institutionalized expressions or formal practices but also encompasses the interface with popular culture of religion as a range of beliefs and practices, identities and narratives that also find expression in performances and performative spaces (theater), in forms of music, art, dance, and film. Myth, Fairy Tale, and Folklore are similarly expansive concepts and, like Religion, cut across geographical and chronological boundaries.  Papers may be drawn from a range of disciplines and methodologies and papers that express new conceptualizations of the area themes are also welcome.

Themes in some recent papers include:

  • Folk religion and non-mainstream practices
  • Religious themes in adolescent literature
  • Folkloric beliefs and practices evidenced in popular culture
  • Religious themes in American politics and popular media (TV)

Papers that address the intersection of religion/ belief/ folk motifs and politics (across time and geographies) are especially welcome.

If you have questions about this area, please reach out to the Folklore, Belief and Religion Chair: June-Ann Greeley, PhD - Sacred Heart University at

Visit the Conference Page for more information about the conference, submission of abstracts and registration.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is August 14, 2023Please use this form