MAPACA’s Annual Conference

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June 30, 2014 - 5:00 pm CFP Deadline

MAPACA 25th Annual Conference

25th Annual Conference

2014 marks the 25th annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. For this occasion, MAPACA returns to the city that hosted its first conference in 1990. The conference will be held at the newly renovated Lord Baltimore Hotel in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The Lord Baltimore Hotel was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel was purchased by the Rubell Family who launched a complete remodel and restoration of the French Renaissance hotel.

In addition to the usual collection of multidisciplinary scholarship on the varied aspects of popular and American culture, the conference will feature special programming on MAPACA’s history, a formal recognition of our founding members, and a lot of exciting surprises to come.

About Baltimore

Baltimore, a “city of neighborhoods” nicknamed Charm City, is an ideal home for MAPACA’s 25th annual conference. From Francis Scott Key’s writing of The Star Spangled Banner to a filming location for the Netflix series House of Cards, from John Waters films to HBO’s The Wire, as the birthplace of Babe Ruth and home to the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, Baltimore is full of history and popular culture.

Within walking distance of the Lord Baltimore Hotel, a wealth of cultural experiences exist. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, the Walters Art Museum, the Hippodrome Theatre, the bars and restaurants of the Fells Point neighborhood, and the Civil War era USS Constellation.

John Waters

MAPACA is pleased to announce that our special guest for the 2014 conference is the legendary independent filmmaker, author, and popular culture aficionadoJohn Waters. Born and raised in Baltimore, his notable films include Hairspray,Pink Flamingos, and Cry-Baby.

Mr. Waters will be honored as the inaugural recipient of MAPACA’s new Divine Impact Award, for meritorious and notable contributions to the cultural life and history of the Mid-Atlantic region. The award recognizes outstanding creative or scholarly achievement in the production, performance, or scholarly consideration of popular culture that exhibits exceptional contribution, longevity, originality, and impact.