Crime and Scandal in Fact and Fiction Northeast Popular and American Culture Association Fall Conference 2023

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2023
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Northeast Popular and American Culture Association

NORTHEAST POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION, Virtual, October 12 to October 14, 2023
AREA: Crime And Scandal In Fact And Fiction
Deadline: August 1, 2023

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper proposals on the topic ofCrime And Scandal In Fact And Fiction for its annual conference. 

NEPCA’s 2023 fall conference will be held Thursday October 12 – Saturday October 14, 2023. The deadline for proposals is August 1, 2023. 

NEPCA welcomes academic work exploring actual crime, the representation of crime in culture, and fictional crime. Scandals of all sorts are also explored, as is the presentation of scandals in any medium. Any of these themes can be explored in isolation or intersectional studies can explore the interactions between these areas. This area is currently being developed and innovation is invited. Any topic which can be reasonably fit into the broad concept of crime and/or scandal is welcome. Some suggested topics within this area are:

  • An analysis of crime and/or scandal within a culture
  • How a culture represents crime and/or scandal
  • How crime fiction and/or scandal fiction is influenced by actual crime and/or scandal (or vice versa)
  • How a culture responds to crime and/or scandal
  • Factual crime and/or scandal that is taboo for fictional representation
  • Crime fans and/or scandal fans
  • Fiction for this area covers any form of media, including literature, movies, theater, newspapers, television, music, and art.


NEPCA welcomes individual papers and complete panels. Papers are generally 15-20 minutes in length. NEPCA discourages (but does not forbid) verbatim reading of papers and strongly encourages creative delivery of papers.  We also encourage works in progress, and informal presentations. The only restrictions on presentations are that:

  • Proposals should be rooted in research. We do not automatically exclude original poetry, composed works of fiction, or musical/dance/storytelling performance, but such works must be connected to greater theoretical and research frameworks.
  • NEPCA generally avoids proposals whose intent is overtly commercial.
  • Proposals should appeal to a broad audience.

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Abstracts should be submitted by August 1, 2023 through this form.

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If you have questions about this area, please reach out to the Area Chair for the Crime And Scandal In Fact And Fiction area Joe Baumstarck, Ivy Tech Community College and Independent Scholar at