Circuses & Circus Culture

All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Database.
Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. Exceptions and rules


We invite papers that explore the past and present of circus as performance art, historical analysis, and a unique form of popular culture. Circus, a continuously evolving tradition of live entertainment, lends itself to scholarship from many perspectives.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Menageries
  • Sideshows
  • Aerialists
  • Historic Relevance
  • Worlds Fair Exhibitions
  • Logistics of Circus Transportation
  • Clowning
  • Circus and Sideshow Documentary Screenings
  • Performance Art
  • P.T. Barnum and Other Promoters
  • Gaffs
  • Pitch Cards

and so much more!

Our panels have been diverse and fascinating. We invite you to join us.  Submit a fifty word abstract of your paper.

Please send all inquires to:

Stacey L. Mascia
Humanities Department
North Country Community College
75 William Street
Malone, NY 12953
Phone: (518) 483-4550 ext. 3250

Note: Only one paper may be submitted to the Conference.