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In November 2014, the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association will be holding its 25th Anniversary Conference in Baltimore, MD.  We are inviting all academics who live and work in the Mid-Atlantic Region (or anyone interested in a trip to Baltimore) to consider submitting an abstract for the conference.  The Science Fiction and Fantasy area is encouraging scholars who are interested in the genre (or its related areas in Victorian Literature, particularly in reference to Steampunk, or the relationship of medieval literature to fantasy, for example) to submit a proposal.  Our call for papers is reproduced below.  Please feel free to share with your colleagues and your graduate students.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Leigha McReynolds and Marilyn Stern

Area Co-chairs

Call for Papers MAPACA 2014


The Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) invites academics, graduate and undergraduate students, independent scholars, and artists to submit papers for the annual conference, to be held in Baltimore, November 6-8, 2014. Those interested in presenting at the conference are invited to submit a proposal or panel by June 15, 2014. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words long. Include a brief bio with your proposal. Single papers, as well as 3- or 4-person panels and roundtables, are encouraged. All proposals should be submitted via the online system at, where you can also find more information on our organization and our conference.

Science Fiction and Fantasy welcomes papers/presentations in any critical, theoretical, or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F: art; literature; radio; film; television; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games. Though not an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following:

Ø  Gender and Sexuality

Ø  Race and Otherness

Ø  Class and Hierarchies

Ø  Utopia/Dystopia

Ø  Mythology and Quest Narratives

Ø  Creatures and Aliens

Ø  Science and Magic

Ø  Reading Other Worlds

Ø  Language and Rhetoric

Ø  Genre: Space Opera, Cyberpunk, Dark Fantasy, Steampunk, etc.

Ø  Fans and Fandom/Community Building

Ø  Textual Analysis

Ø  Sociological or Psychological Readings

Ø  Archival Research/History

Ø  Technology: Textual and Literal

Ø  Online Identity Construction

Ø  Fairy Tales

Ø  Paranormal Romance

Ø  Young Adult Literature

Ø  Tolkien (literature and film)

Area Chairs:

Marilyn Stern                             Leigha McReynolds              

Visit for a full list of areas.

Leigha McReynolds
Conference Organizer, NASSR 2014
Co-chair Science Fiction and Fantasy Division, MAPACA
PhD Candidate in English
The George Washington University