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Online at NEPCA Fantastic:

2014 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture

Association (NEPCA)

Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island

Friday 24 October and Saturday 25 October 2014

Proposals by 1 June 2014

Formed in 2009, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2014, and we seek proposals from scholars of all levels for papers that explore any aspect of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not limited to, elements of science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, gothic, horror, legends, and mythology) and how creative artists have altered our preconceptions of these subtraditions by producing, in diverse countries and time periods and for audiences at all levels, innovative works.

Special topics:

• Given the conference location in Rhode Island, we would also be very much interested in organizing at least one session on H. P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos.

• Given the proximity to Halloween, we are especially interested in proposal related to monsters and the monstrous, either in connection with Lovecraft or not.

Please see our website NEPCA Fantastic ( for further details and ideas. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in length (depending on final panel size).

If you are interested in proposing a paper or panel of papers, please send the NEPCA Paper Proposal Form (below or download from

along with an abstract of approximately 250 to 400 words and a one to two page CV to both the Program Chair AND to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair at the following addresses (please note “NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2014” in your subject line):

Bob Hackey

Program Chair

Michael A. Torregrossa

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Legend Area Chair

The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is a regional affiliate of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association. NEPCA is an association of scholars in New England and New York, organized in 1974 at the University of Rhode Island. We reorganized and incorporated in Boston in 1992. The purpose of this professional association is to encourage and assist research, publication, and teaching on popular culture and culture studies topics by scholars in the northeast region of the United States. By bringing together scholars from various disciplines, both academic and non-academic people, we foster interdisciplinary research and learning. We publish a newsletter twice per year and we hold an annual conference at which we present both the Peter C. Rollins Book Award and an annual prize.

Membership in NEPCA is required for participation. Annual dues are currently $30 for full-time faculty and $15 to all other individuals.

Further details are available at



(Send a one-page CV to the program and area chair when you submit this form)


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–As you’d like to see it listed. (Choose just one. If none at present, use Independent Scholar.)


Abstract/Paper Title:



–List the one you use most.


Please confine this abstract to 250 to 400 words. Bear in mind that it must be  understandable to a committee, some of whose members may not be experts in your discipline. NEPCA also encourages the use of “plain” speech over specialized jargon.