An August 12, 2013 piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education recently drew attention to IASPR and JPRS, and to the rich web of academic connections between us and other emerging venues for the study of love in global media. The article primarily focused on the Popular Romance Project, a cross-platform adventure in public scholarship that has already received just over $900,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities; as the article explains, the project includes
four major components: a Web site developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, at George Mason University; a conference planned for Valentine’s Day 2015 at the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book; a nationwide series of library events sponsored by the American Library Association; and a documentary film, Love Between the Covers, being shot by Laurie Kahn, whose previous work includes the well-received documentaries Tupperware! and A Midwife’s Tale.
Several members of IASPR / JPRS are scholarly advisors for the Popular Romance Project, including our founder, Sarah S. G. Frantz, our current president, Pamela Regis, and our journal editor, Eric Selinger, who also edits the “Talking About Romance” blog at the Popular Romance Project’s website.