Religion and Popular and/or American Culture at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Conference (MAPACA)

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Anthropology, Popular Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Sociology

The conference is November 7-9, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel.

Area Description:

This area investigates the interaction between religion and popular culture and/or religion in American cultures.

“Religion” here is broadly defined and includes the official and vernacular, sacred texts and spaces, practices and performances, identities, materiality and more. “American” refers to all the Americas.

We are interested not only in how religion inhabits products of popular and/or American cultures (in literature, film, television, social media, music, fashion, public ceremonies, implicit religion, and so forth) but also in how religious sensibilities may inform popular and/or American cultural productions and the ways in which religion makes use of popular and/or American cultures.

The area is open to scholarship on any religious tradition or historical era.

You are invited to propose individual papers, performance pieces, a full panel, or a roundtable discussion. If you have any questions or want to sound out ideas, please contact the area chair using the link provided on the area page ( You are also encouraged to visit the area’s Facebook page: Religion and Popular and/or American Culture PCA/MAPACA


Call for papers: 

In addition to our usual wide range of presentation possibilities, for the 2019 conference in Pittsburgh, PA this area invites presentations and/or roundtables that discuss the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, other incidents of religion & violence, and responses thereto. 


Contact Info: 

Pamela A Detrixhe

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