Thursday, July 27, 2023

Call for Papers: NEPCA fully virtual conference in October

The 2023 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will host its annual conference this fall as a virtual conference from Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14. See

The conference includes a romance/popular romance fiction area, which has put out a call for papers:

Romance/Popular Romance Fiction
Current Chair: Wendy Wagner, Johnson & Wales,

This area invites proposals relating to romance fiction and its influence and adaptations in popular culture. Romance Writers of America, the professional organization of romance authors, identifies two specific features of romance fiction: a central love story, and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. Romance novels generate $1B of sales each year, and the reach of the romance narrative permeates a variety of popular culture texts, from movies and television to music and comics. This area welcomes submissions from variety of disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include:

  • History of the romance novel
  • Analysis of romance readers
  • The romance novel across cultures
  • Romance tropes
  • Politics and activism in the romance community
  • Film and television adaptations
  • Romance fandom and “shipping”
  • The economics of the romance novel industry
  • Portrayals of romance authors in popular culture
  • Controversies in the publication of romance novels
  • Romance book clubs
  • New media and romance novels
  • Library and archival collections of romance fiction

That's here (scroll down the page). Submissions are open until 11:59pm on Monday, August 14 (EST) and there are more details about how to submit a proposal etc here.


  1. Thanks, Laura! We had a great conference last year, with 5 panels on romance fiction! --Wendy

    1. Wow! That's pretty much a mini-conference just on romance!