Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2014.
Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address of each author/participant. A preliminary version of the schedule will be posted on our website around August 2014. The final version will be distributed in hard copy at the conference.
Special Notes Regarding Proposal Submissions: (1) MPCA/ACA can provide an LCD projector for presentations. You must ask for it at the time you submit your proposal. (2) If necessary, indicate and submit potential scheduling conflicts along with your proposal. (3) If you wish your presentation to be listed as MACA (rather than MPCA), please include this request with your proposal.
Please plan to attend the entire conference. Panels will run at the following approximate times: Friday 8:30am-7:00pm, Saturday 8:30am-7:00pm, and Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm. Special events will include speakers Dr. Elizabeth Ellcessor and Dr. Jonathan Eller on Friday evening and Julie Whitehead, the executive director of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, as the luncheon speaker on Saturday. These events, plus continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, will be free for conference registrants. A special pre-conference workshop on publishing will be offered on Thursday 12pm-5pm for an additional $25. This workshop will be geared toward graduate students and new professionals interested in writing scholarly articles or book proposals; lunch will be included in the fee.
All participants must be members of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association. Membership is $50 for students with ID, retirees, and unemployed, and $70 for all others. Membership is for the calendar year through December 2014. The membership fee is separate from the conference registration fee. To join the MPCA/MACA, you may pay with your conference registration fee, or you may send a separate check at any time to Kathleen Turner, 328 N. Madison St #1, Tupelo, MS 38804. Make check payable to Midwest Popular Culture Association. A membership form may be printed from our website at <http://www.mpcaaca.org>. The Midwest PCA/Midwest ACA is a separate organization (with separate fees) from the National PCA/ACA and from other regional PCA/ACA organizations. The membership fee may be paid by credit card via Square or PayPal beginning in about June 2014.
All participants must register for the conference. Registration is $80 for students with ID, retirees, and unemployed, and $90 for all others. There will be a $15 late fee for registration on-site or postmarked after September 15, 2014. (This fee is waived for residents of countries other than the USA or Canada.) Payment on-site will be by cash, check, or via credit card on Square. To preregister, send a check anytime to Kathleen Turner, 328 N. Madison St #1, Tupelo, MS 38804. Make check payable to Midwest Popular Culture Association. A registration-membership form may be printed from our website at <http://www.mpcaaca.org>. The registration fee is separate from the membership fee. The registration fee may be paid by credit card via Square or PayPal beginning in about June 2014.
A special group rate for a limited block of rooms reserved on a first-come, first-served basis will be secured with the JW Marriott Indianapolis. Check for details at the MPCA website. Indianapolis is in the Eastern Time Zone.
Attendees are financially responsible for all costs related to their participation in the conference, e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, registration, membership, etc. Graduate students are invited to apply for competitively awarded travel grants from MPCA/MACA. Details are available at < http://mpcaaca.org/conference/travel-grants/>.
Cancellation Policy: If you submit a proposal (or if you accept an invitation to appear on a panel), you are promising to attend the conference if your proposal is accepted and you are promising to pay the conference registration fee, the Association membership fee, and a late fee of $15 if applicable. If your proposal is accepted and you do not attend the conference, it is expected that you will (1) notify all members of your panel, your Area Chair, and the MPCA/MACA Executive Secretary (Kathleen Turner) of your cancellation; (2) provide such notification as early as possible; (3) arrange to have your paper distributed at the panel; (4) arrange for somebody else to carry out any other duties you may have; and (5) pay your membership and registration fees (plus late fee if applicable). If conditions 1-5 are met, you may file a written request, after the conference, for a refund of half your registration fee. For coauthored papers, all authors are welcome and encouraged to attend, but only one author is required to attend.