CFP: EUPOP 2020 (moved to 2022)

EUPOP moved to 2022


[EUPOP 2020 and COVID2019]

Important information concerning the EUPOP conference

Due to the current difficult situation concerning the corona virus epidemic, the conference will be rescheduled further, to July 2022.

Travel bans and regulations are now experiences worldwide, and we need to consider everyone’s safety and health first, and do our best to limit and contain the epidemic, which might still be an ongoing concern in July 2021, despite the vaccinations having been started all around the world.

We are so sorry for all the difficulties this will cause, but truly hope to see you next year under better circumstances. We will discuss further details within the organising committee and inform personally all the participants, and let you know about the new dates, plans and practicalities as soon as possible!

All accepted abstracts (originally for 2020 conference) will be good in 2022 as well, and we will re-open the call for further applicants in late 2021.

As there has been a long pause in EPCA activities, after the start of the global pandemic, the board has now decided that there will be a smaller online event in the Summer of 2021. We are currently planning the exact programme of it.

Please wait for follow-up information, as we cannot answer all individual emails right now.

Original call for papers:

EUPOP 2020

Jagiellonian University, July 22nd – 24th, 2020

Deadline: 29th February, 2019

Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the ninth annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, July 22nd – 24th, 2020.

EUPOP 2020 will explore European popular culture in all its various forms. This includes, but is by no means limited to, the following topics: Climate Change in Popular Culture, European Film (past and present), Television, Music, Costume and Performance, Celebrity, The Body, Fashion, New Media, Popular Literature and Graphic Novels, Queer Studies, Sport, Curation, and Digital Culture. We also welcome abstracts which reflect the various ways of how the idea of relationship between Europe and popular culture could be formed and how the current turmoil in European identity (e.g. the legacy of totalitarianism and fascism), union, its borders and divisions are portrayed in popular cultural themes and contents.

Papers and complete panels for all strands will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individ-ual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length, and those for panels limited to 90 minutes. In the latter case, please provide a short description of the panel along with individual abstracts. Poster presentations and video projections are also warmly welcomed.

There will be opportunities for networking and publishing within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2020 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the EPCA’s Journal of European Popular Culture. A full list of Intellect journals is available at:

Proposals comprising a 300-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, and contact details (as a Word-file attachment, not a PDF) should be submitted to Kari Kallioniemi ( by 29.02.2020. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail, and the decision of acceptance will be notified within two weeks of submission.

The conference draft program will be announced in May 2020, along with the conference regis-tration and accommodation details. The likely conference fee will be 150 euros (student), and 200 euros (other). The fee includes coffees, lunches, evening reception & dinner, and EPCA Membership (includes subscription to the European Journal of Popular Culture, Intellect Press).

The keynote speakers:

Dr Tomasz Z. Majkowski (Jagiellonian University)

Dr Mari Pajala (University of Turku)

Professor Małgorzata Sugiera (Jagiellonian University)

The European Popular Culture Association

The European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) promotes the study of popular culture from, in, and about Europe. Popular culture involves a wide range of activities, material forms and audiences. EPCA aims to examine and discuss these different aspects as they relate both to Europe and to Europeans across the globe, whether contemporary or historical.

EUPOP 2020 is organised by:

European Popular Culture Association (EPCA):

International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC):

Kind Regards,

EPCA President, Kari Kallioniemi,

EPCA Vice-President, Pamela Church Gibson,

EPCA Secretary, Kimi Kärki,

EPCA Membership Secretary, Graham Roberts,

Local Organiser Contact: Anna Svetlova, and Olga Grzelak,


About Kimi Kärki

PhD, Docent, Research Fellow: International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC, & Cultural History, University of Turku, Finland
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