Post EUPOP2012

2013 Conference

As Pamela Church Gibson discussed in the closing plenary session of EUPOP2012 (13/7/2012), the 2013 European Popular Culture Association conference will take place next summer in Finland. Dates TBC. 

PCA-Finland is the Scandinavian branch of the European Popular Culture Association and a regional affiliate of the PCA and ACA.

For details of the recent PCA-Finland 2012 conference see:

PCA / ACA (Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association)

For further details of the national  PCA / ACA conference in Washington DC (27-30th March 2013) and international conferences  - including POPCAANZ and the East Asian PCA, see:

And lastly, on a personal note - thanks very much to all those who were involved in planning, presenting, organising, supporting, meeting, greeting, feeding and watering during the EUPOP2012 conference. I hope you all had a well deserved rest at the weekend!  There were some excellent, highly engaging papers and it was great fun both catching up with people I know and getting to meet new people. I hope delegates embrace the wonders of social media and stay in touch beyond the conference, wherever in the world you might be.

Best wishes for a productive  and / or chilled out summer filled with smiles.

Sarah Gilligan (@idleponderings)

Register and pay for EUPOP2012 via Paypal

In order to make payment easier for delegates, you can now pay your EUPOP2012 registration by credit / debit card via Paypal - as a ‘send money’ transfer.

How to pay for EUPOP2012 via Paypal:

1: Go to

 If you haven’t already go one, you’ll need to sign up for a free PayPal account for your ‘personal use’.

You will need an email address, and to choose a password,  and to provide your contact details and either a credit or debit card (you’ll need your card details to hand in order to set the paypal account up).

2: Login to your account and click on the ‘send money’ tab. 

-          To:

-          Then input the amount : a) £150  for a full fee  or £100 for postgraduate students.  Day rates are only to be paid with the prior agreement of PCG.

-          Click services

-          Click continue

-          You may receive an automated call requesting that you confirm that it is indeed you / with a code on screen to input via your telephone. This is standard practice for money transfers, so don’t panic.

-          On the next step you are advised to clearly indicate in the subject:  

-                           YOUR FULL NAME:  EUPOP2012 PAYMENT

-          And ADD A NOTE indicating your institutional affiliation and contact details in case there is a problem.

-          Once payment has been processed you should receive an email copy of your transaction details. You are advised to keep a copy for your records.

If you have any difficulties you can either contact Pamela, or send Sarah Gilligan a direct message @EUPOP2012 on Twitter.

Digital EUPOP2012: pitch your panel in 140 characters

Instead of lugging around unwieldy booklets of abstracts on a hot summer’s afternoon in London - at EUPOP2012 we’re planning to go digital as much as possible. That way there’s less to carry, less to print and you’ll all be able to access the information before and after the conference from home, the office or on the move.  We’re hoping it means that there will be online records of the conference, which is great for citations, networking, collaborations and future publishing opportunities.

Don’t panic though - there will of course still be hard copies of information for delegates and everyone will be issued with a programme (and various other bits and bobs in their conference packs).

We’d like you to ‘pitch your panel in 140 characters’ - ideally via Twitter (@EUPOP2012 / #EUPOP2012), but over the coming week or so we’ll also be emailing you to ask for:

  • A couple of sentence summary of your paper.  This might simply be the title or a micro abstract. It should both inform and lure delegates to your panel!
  • Confirmation of contact details, institutional information and key publications / projects (ideally with links too). 

The information will then be collated and available both as a programme booklet and available online with live links. 

So if you haven’t signed up to Twitter, or similar, now is the time to do so.  Remember those of you who use you can add your full abstract onto your ‘talks’ section and tag it to maximise its reach at and beyond the conference.

Beyond EUPOP2012: Sightseeing, exhibitions & nights out

As excited as we are about the panels at EUPOP2012, for us the conference experience is also about the conversations, networking and having space to think and reflect on what you’ve heard that day.

Whether you fancy a wander in the sunshine for an hour, a spot of culture or are planning on going out on the town until the early hours, we’re hoping that delegates will see what London has to offer and get to know each other. 

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be adding more content here on the blog and via our official Twitter account @EUPOP2012 on exhibitions, places to visit and nights out. We know that for many delegates funds will be very tight, so we’re planning to share where’s cheap / free wherever we can. This by no means will be a ‘must see guide’, more a ‘you might want to visit’ suggestion. We’re especially looking for the quirky and the interesting  - so those of you who are based in  / near London and want to share your haunts, please get in touch…

If you have any suggestions of where to go (or where to avoid), we’d love to hear from you.

Please feel free to share your plans via Twitter @EUPOP2012 #EUPOP2012

In the meantime, also see our previous post on museums and galleries:

Accommodation - halls and hotels

Accommodation in London this summer will be expensive, but here at EUPOP2012 we’ve trawled the web to find a range of affordable accommodation options to pick from.

We recommend that you book ASAP - especially for halls of residence.  If you have suggestions of other places to stay (or where to avoid), then please let us know via Twitter @EUPOP2012 / #EUPOP2012


University of London Garden Halls of Residence from £40 per night B&B.

The Garden Halls are the nicest of the University of London halls, especially Canterbury Hall. The accommodation is basic, but if you are looking for somewhere cheap, then halls are a good option. Several EUPOP2012 delegates have already booked to stay there. The halls are in the middle of Bloomsbury, near the British Library, Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations with lots of places to eat and drink nearby.

London School of Economics  - includes twin rooms.

Other London university halls


Imperial Hotels, Bloomsbury

Includes The Imperial, President, Bedford, Royal National, Tavistock and County hotels. Prices from £49 - £140 per night.

Tune Hotel, Paddington

From £60 per night

41-47 Praed Street, London W2 1NR


Travelodge Waterloo is currently the cheapest at £89.95 per night

Premier Inn

Rooms from £79 - £189 per night



EUPOP 2012 registration

Registration for EUPOP 2012 has now opened. 

The conference fee for EUPOP 2012 is £150 for three days (11th - 13th July), with meals and refreshments included.

A reduced fee of £100 for the three days is available to postgraduate students.

All delegates who have been accepted to present papers should by now have received an email with details of the bank account details to which payment is to be made. Please reference your name on the payment. If you have not received an email with payment details and / or for funding purposes you require a formal acceptance letter please email Pamela Church Gibson at:

If you are unable to attend for the full three days, but still wish to present at EUPOP 2012, please contact Pamela ASAP with details, in order to arrange when your paper / panel can be scheduled and to apply for a reduced conference fee rate.

Non presenting delegates are very welcome to attend EUPOP 2012 for 1, 2 or all 3 days, please email Pamela for further details.

Please note: Accommodation is not included in the conference rate, but basic single accommodation is available in University halls of residence from £40 per night, bed and breakfast.

Details of a range of places to stay from halls and hostels to luxury hotels will be posted via our Twitter account @EUPOP2012. If you have any recommendations for reasonably priced accommodation, have a room available to share, or live in London and can offer a delegate a place to stay, then please either let us know via Twitter (@EUPOP2012) or email Pamela Church Gibson at:

You can follow EUPOP 2012 on Twitter @EUPOP2012 for conference updates, accommodation details, travel tips, Tweet-ups and places to visit whilst you are in London.

Please use the official #EUPOP2012 hashtag and spread the word.

EUPOP2012 Conference Update

Inaugural Conference of the European Popular Culture Association

The deadline for abstracts for EUPOP2012 has now passed and thank you very much to everyone who expressed an interest and submitted an abstract.
The response to the call for papers has been wonderful with a very exciting and diverse range of proposals submitted. The conference programme is currently being compiled with over 150 international papers running over three days.  Combined with networking opportunities, social opportunities and publishers’ stalls, we are looking forward to an engaging, exciting and fun interdisciplinary conference.

Official notifications of acceptance will be sent out via email over the coming days, so please keep an eye on your inbox.
Online conference registration and payment facilities are also coming very soon and full details will be provided in your acceptance notification.

Stay in touch and plan your EUPOP2012 meet ups via Twitter

Remember - You can follow the EUPOP2012 conference on Twitter @EUPOP2012 

Please spread the word and use the hashtag #EUPOP2012 when retweeting and / or contributing to the conference back channel.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please get in touch with us.

EPCA and 2012 EPCA Conference Directors

EPCA President, Pamela Church Gibson

Director of Research & Exchange, Graeme Harper

Conference Administrator: Sarah-Jane Simpson

Beyond EUPOP2012 

Make the most of your visit to London, avoid ‘conference fatigue’ and get chatting to other delegates by visiting one of the many museums and galleries that London has to offer.

Museums and Galleries

General admission to the main exhibition spaces is usually free and there is plenty to see, but there is often a charge for special exhibitions.

The Victoria and Albert Museum:

Free special exhibition @ V&A: Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion

Special exhibition (charge) @ V&A Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

Tate Britain and Tate Modern:

Damien Hirst at Tate Modern (charge):

Edvard Munch - the Modern Eye at Tate Modern (charge):

National Portrait Gallery:

BP Portrait Award 2012 (free):

Special exhibition National Portrait Gallery (charge) The Queen Art & Image:

National Gallery:

British Museum:

Design Museum:

Natural History Museum:

Science Museum:

Royal Academy:

Museum of London:

Imperial War Museum:

Prospective social event: Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style @ The Barbican

If anyone is interested in visiting the Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition, please let us know via Twitter @EUPOP2012 and we’ll look at the possibility of a group booking (hopefully with a discounted admission too).

For details see:

Are you wanting to do some research whilst you are in London?

British Library:

British Film Institute (reading rooms -day passes available):

Free live music

National Theatre Foyer

'Enjoy free concerts in the 'Djanogly Concert Pitch' Monday to Saturday evenings (pre-performance) and at lunch time on Saturdays and some Sundays. Feel free to hum along, tap your toes or just sit back and listen to a lively mix of music from around the world… from cool jazz to upbeat ethnic and much, much more.

Mondays to Fridays at 5.45pm, Saturdays at 1pm & 5.45pm and Sundays at 1pm’

Late Shift at the National Portrait Gallery every Thurs and Friday until 9pm:

Lunch time piano recital at St Martin in the Field (1pm Friday):

Live music bars:

Recommend / suggest a place to visit

Let us know via Twitter @EUPOP2012 if there are any other exhibitions, museums, events, venues or galleries that you want to visit whilst you are in London at EUPOP2012 and we’ll see who else fancies coming along. We will also see if we can organise group discounts on special exhibitions wherever possible.

Stay in touch and plan your EUPOP2012 meet ups via Twitter

Remember - You can follow the EUPOP2012 conference on Twitter @EUPOP2012 

Please spread the word and use the hashtag #EUPOP2012 when retweeting and / or contributing to the conference back channel.