MPCA/MACA African-American Popular Culture Area

African-American Popular Culture Area
Angela Nelson, Bowling Green State University (, Area Chair
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference
Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, 2013
Marriott St. Louis Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE AREA CALL: The African-American Popular Culture Area (/content/bgsu/en/academics/arts-and-sciences/cultural-and-critical-studies/popular-culture/conferences-and-institutes.html) of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association is seeking panel sessions, papers, and proposals examining historical and/or contemporary aspects of African-American popular culture including African American practices, stereotypes, icons, personas, artifacts, rituals, genres, holidays, art forms (music, orature, dance, literature, visual art, television, film, comic art, etc.), festivals, foodways, folklore and folklife, religion, and etc. The 2013 MPCA/ACA Conference will be held on October 11-13, 2013, at the Marriott St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

PROPOSAL INFORMATION: Submissions should be made electronically via our online submission system at (1) Complete/key-in your full Submission Title as requested followed by your (2) Name and Email Address in the Co-Authors section. (3) Select the African-American Popular Culture area from the drop-down menu. (4) Key-in (or cut-and-paste) a 250-word (or less) Abstract with your name, department/program/ office/organization affiliation, and email address in the space provided. You may also attach your abstract with name, affiliation, and email address in a document with the .doc, .pdf, or .rtf extensions, if desired. (5) You must indicate if you need audio-visual equipment for your presentation. NOTE: (a) The only audio-visual equipment available from the Association will be a LCD player and monitor, and (b) you must ask for it at the time you submit your proposal.

Deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

REGISTRATION AND MEMBERSHIP: All conference participants must be members of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association. Membership is for the calendar year through December 2013. Membership fees for students w/ID, retirees and unemployed is $50 and $80 for all others. The membership fee is separate from the conference registration fee. All participants must register for the conference. Conference registration fees for students w/ID, retirees and unemployed is $80 and $110 for all others. All fees postmarked on or before September 15, 2013, will not be assessed a late fee of $15.00.

CONFERENCE INFORMATION: Conference panel sessions will run at the following approximate times: Friday 2:30pm-7:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-6:15pm, and Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm. (The conference may begin at 12:45pm on Friday, if demand so dictates). Special events will include two featured speakers and a cash-bar reception on Friday, October 11 and a luncheon which is scheduled on Saturday, October 12 from 12:00pm–1:30pm. These events, plus continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, will be free for conference registrants.