Motherhood/Fatherhood & Popular 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


I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the PCA Area Motherhood/Fatherhood on any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.

Possible topics to consider include, but are not limited to, the following:

-TV shows, including talk shows, family dramas, sitcoms, and animation

-print and electronic journalism and gossip rags; magazines

-celebrity culture

-the internet and digital technologies

-advertising and marketing

-visual art including photography, scrapbooking, mixed media

-film; performance; music

-graphic fiction/memoir

-best-selling literatures including mommy lit, momoirs, and dadlit

-pregnancy manuals and “expert” parenting guides/literature



-reproductive technologies

-law and policy; maternal and paternal activism/organizations


Abstracts (200-250 words) will be accepted and must be submitted online at:


Please send all inquires to:

Liz Podnieks, Associate Professor
Department of English and
Graduate Studies in Communication and Culture
Ryerson University, Toronto