New England Studies

All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Database.
Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. Exceptions and rules


The 2017 Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference will be held in San Diego, California, April  12-15, 2017.  The New England Studies Area invites presentations on any aspect of New England popular culture: Architecture; Art; Ecology/Environment; Economics; Fashion; Film and Theater, especially films made in New England, and plays set in the region, e.g. ‘The Crucible’; Folklore; Food; Language and Literature; Politics; History; Music;  Sports; Celebrities; Entertainment; Gambling/Casinos; Industries, e.g. Fishing;  Regional Cultures; Sports and Recreation; Tourism and Travel; and numerous other topics. The subjects are endless.

Controversy will not be shunned!

Boston-based topics such as the following might be of special interest: Films made in the Boston area, e.g. ‘Monument Ave.’, ‘The Departed’; infamous figures such as Whitey Bulger or the Boston Strangler; the Boston Marathon tragedy/”Boston Strong”; Boston sports teams; and Boston politics. More New England-specific topics would include: Famous personalities, such as Bette Davis; Katherine Hepburn; John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family; Rosalind Russell; Harriet Beecher Stowe; and New England crimes and criminals, e.g. Lizzie Borden in Fall River; Buddy Cianci in Providence.

Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. All proposals and abstracts must be submitted through the PCA Database. See the website at . Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length and lively in nature! The deadline for the submission of a 200-word abstract is October 1, 2016. Database opens for submissions: July 1, 2016. Acceptance will be earlier than usual as well to enhance your ability to seek funding. Although all proposals should be submitted to the PCA Database directly, please also cc: me; please include university or organization affiliation (if applicable), telephone number, and e-mail address. Graduate students welcome. Individual and full panel proposals are considered. Please feel confident about attendance if you are accepted.

If you give a paper, you must register for the conference. See: Site also includes information on travel grants and rates at the conference hotel.

Send inquiries to :

Martin J. Manning
4701 South Park Court
Woodbridge, VA 222193

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