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Welcome to H-PCAACA, a member of the H-NET Humanities Online initiative. H-PCAACA encourages scholarly collaboration and discussion about popular, American and world cultures. This network, affiliated with The Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, also serves as an invitation for scholars and graduate students to join the activities of these internationally recognized organizations.

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CFP - 2015 MPCA/ACA Humor or Horror, SF/Fantasy (Deadline Extension!)

DEADLINE UPDATE! CFP - 2015 MPCA/ACA Humor or Horror, SF/Fantasy

The deadline for submission to the Humor or the Horror, SF/Fantasy areas of the Midwest PCA/ACA has been extended to MAY 15, 2015. Full details are available here: https://www.msu.edu/user/jdowell/MPCA/MPCA-2015_CFP.pdf

Re: Professor, No One is Reading You

Wow Monica! A place teaching academics how to use digital media and communicate outside of academia prose and the places that publish it! That's almost revolutionary! I love it!

I've worked it into my latest blog post, "The Conversation," on my H-Net VP blog. This is not meant to end this discussion here; I just wanted to take it into a conversation about what role H-Net might play in all this.


President Obama Thanks Japan for Anime and Karaoke

In his welcoming comments to Japanese Prime Minister Abe during his April 28th state visit, President Obama ran down a short list of things that Americans loved from Japan. The list consisted of karate, karaoke, manga, anime, and emojis.

The President’s comments were meant as a humorous start to his speech, but they do reflect the fact that popular culture is often the lens through which societies and peoples are defined, categorized, and often stereotyped.

Final Announcement: CFP for Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference

We are pleased to announce a CFP for submissions to the Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference in Dallas, TX, on 6 and 7 June 2015.

Fandom for us includes all aspects of being a fan, ranging from being a passive audience member to producing one’s own parafictive or interfictive creations. Neomedia includes both new media as it is customarily defined as well as new ways of using and conceptualizing traditional media.

CONF: War and Remembrance: Cultural Imprints of Japan’s Samurai Age

War and Remembrance: Cultural Imprints of Japan’s Samurai Age
May 8, 2015, 8:30-5:30
University of California, Santa Barbara

An interdisciplinary group of scholars of medieval and early modern Japanese literature, history, religion, and performing arts examine topics related to “War and Remembrance” during Japan’s years of military rule (late 12th to late 19th centuries). Exploring a range of representations and responses to war, participants examine the impacts of war on cultural memory and production.

Re: Professor, No One is Reading You

Thank you Patrick. CUNY Graduate Center's JustPublics@365 initiative http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ is providing training and outreach so academics can learn how to reach broader, non-academic audiences. Broader conversations within academe about the value of scholarship for the public good need to happen. And yes, Open Access publishing is so important because scholarship is not behind a paywall.

Re: Professor, No One is Reading You

It would no doubt be difficult to come up with perfect data collection and analysis to report reliably on citation rates of academic articles. The folks involved in the very tiny field of academic publishing probably need to work harder to come up with some sound figures. To me, though, recent online fretting over citation rates isn’t about improving academic publishing, which that evaluation would be aimed at. The online fretting is just weird academic navel-gazing that distracts from much more pressing, though related, problems.