Education, Teaching, History & Popular Culture

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Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. Exceptions and rules

Popular Cultural Association/American Culture Association
Education, Teaching, History & Popular Culture

Call for Papers


The Area of Education, Teaching, History and Popular Culture is now accepting submissions for the Popular Culture and American Culture Association National Conference, San Diego, CA, to be held April 12-15, 2017 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel.  For detailed information please see

Educators, librarians, archivists, scholars, independent researchers and students at all levels are encouraged to apply.  Submissions that explore, connect, contrast, or otherwise address area themes of schooling and education, teaching throughout history (including preparing teachers/preservice teacher education), history, archival studies and/or their linkages to popular culture from all periods are desired.  Sample topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Debating whether there can, in fact, be a form of “popular” culture among students today;
  • Reflections/linkages between schooling and popular culture;
  • International/multinational/cross-border lenses through which popular culture/popular perception of schooling can be viewed;
  • The role of history in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education and/or re-integrating historical foundations into education;
  • Successful use(s) of popular culture in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education;
  • Representation(s) of teaching and/or schooling in popular culture through history;
  • How education has impacted/has been impacted by popular culture;
  • The impact/emergence of LGBTQ studies in schooling and education/“queering” classrooms;
  • Tapping into (or resisting) popular technology to improve education; and/or
  • Exploring the intersections of social media, social identity and education.

To be considered, interested individuals should please prepare an abstract of between 100-250 words. Individuals must submit electronically by visiting and following the directions therein.  Please be sure to complete/ensure the accuracy of all presenter information.  The deadline for proposals is October 1, 2016.

Graduate students, early career faculty and those traveling internationally in need of financial assistance are encouraged to apply: deadline for applying for travel grants is December 8, 2016.

Graduate students are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their completed papers for consideration for conference award: deadline for applying for a JPC or JAC Graduate Student paper award is January 1, 2017.

Decisions will be communicated within approximately two weeks of deadline.  All presenters must be members of the American Culture Association or the Popular Culture Association and fully registered for the conference by December 15: The deadline for “Early Bird” registration is November 15, 2016; the deadline to register for the conference (else be removed from the program) is December 15, 2016.

Any further inquiries can be directed to

Dr. Edward Janak
Department Chair, Educational Foundations and Leadership
Phone: (419) 530-4114

Regular post:
Judith Herb College of Education
University of Toledo
Gillham Hall Room 5000-C
Mail Stop 921
2801 Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390