Sunday, September 25, 2011

NEPCA 2011 Sessions

The program for the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association is now avaliable online. The conference will be held at Western Connecitcut State University in Danbury, Connecticut, from 11-12 November 2011.

Details on our sessions are as follows:

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend I: Science Fiction (Session I, Friday, 4-5:30 PM, Warner 320)

Presider: Michael A. Torregrossa, The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

Paper 1: “Surviving The Night of the Comet: Zombies, Space, and the 2012 Hysteria”

Kristine Larsen, Physics and Earth Sciences Department, Central Connecticut State University

Paper 2: “Abandonment and Salvation in Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book”

Marlene San Miguel Groner, Farmingdale State College/SUNY

Paper 3: “Ain’t I a Xenomorph?: Representations of Post-Feminist Identity in the Alien Films”

Randy Laist, Goodwin College

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend II: Legends Old and New (Session II, Saturday, 8:30-10 AM, Warner 320)

Presider: Brian Clements, Western Connecticut State University

Paper 1: “The Werewolf: Out of Bounds”

Barry Hall, University of Nizwa

Paper 2: “Robin Hood in Ballad and Film”

Kerry R. Kaleba, George Mason University

Paper 3: “What Do Vampires Have to Do with the Holy Grail?: The Transformation of the Grail Legend in Undead Arthuriana”

Michael A. Torregrossa, The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

Paper 4: “Vampires in Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire novels and the Twilight Saga”

Andrea Siegel, Graduate Center/CUNY

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend III: Fantasy (Session III, Saturday, 10:30 AM – 12 PM, White 023)
Presider: Faye Ringel, United States Coast Guard Academy, retired

Paper 1: “ ‘Epic’ in Epic-Fantasy Literature”

Robert Luce, Independent Scholar

Paper 2: “Who Is Afraid Of Merlin? The Darkening of Merlin in Modern Arthurian Fiction”

Anne Berthelot, University of Connecticut

Paper 3: “ ‘Close This Book Right Now’: The Writer-Character in Children’s Fantasy”

Amie A. Doughty, SUNY Oneonta

Paper 4: “Fandom 2.0: Fantasy, Social Media, and Fan Creativity”

James Kennedy, Columbia College


  1. Paper 4 by James Kennedy in session 3 has been withdrawn due to a scheduling mix-up.

  2. Paper 2 by Marlene San Miguel Groner in session one has also been withdrawn.