Romance

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

SPECIAL TRAVEL GRANT!

We’re pleased to announce a one-time travel grant for scholars of Popular Romance presenting at the 2014 PCA/ACA conference, funded by a generous donation from American romance novelist Kathleen Gilles Seidel and administered by the Romance Area.  Click here for details.

Deadline 31 December

CALL FOR PAPERS: Romance Area- PCA/ACA 2014 National Conference - Chicago, April 16-19, 2013

(Conference info:  <http://pcaaca.org/conference/national.php>)

Deadline for submission:  November 1, 2013

The discourse of romantic love permeates popular culture.  The Romance area includes papers on love, romance, and relationships, in real life and as represented in any medium, now and in the past.  From ad campaigns to Supreme Court decisions, Dan Savage to Sweet Savage Love, K-Pop to qawwali,:  if it’s about love, it’s a welcome topic at the PCA Romance area.

We will consider proposals for individual papers, sessions organized around a theme, and special panels. Sessions are scheduled in 90-minute slots, typically with four 15-minute papers or speakers per standard session, with the remaining time available for discussion.

If you are involved in the creative industry of popular romance and are interested in speaking on your own work or on developments in popular romance culture, please contact us!

Some possible topics include:

  • Romantic love in political discourse (revolutionary, reactionary, colonial / anti-colonial, marriage equality, etc.)
  • Love, Globally:  local traditions, transnational media, adaptation and translation issues
  • Fifty Shades of WTF:  the reception of popular romance media
  • Romance High and Low (i.e., texts that remix or blur distinctions between “high” and “low” culture, like the Lizzie Bennet Diaries)
  • Love Theory / Romance Practice:  theoretical approaches to love and romance, and popular romance as a place where love is theorized
  • Romancing the Marketplace: romantic love in advertising, marketing, and consumer culture
  • Queering the Romance: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Kink romance
  • Romance communities, IRL and on-line
  • Young Adult, Paranormal, and other emerging genres of romance fiction
  • Individual Creative Producers or Texts of Popular Romance (novels, authors, film, directors, writers, songwriters, actors, composers, dancers, etc.)

As we do every year, the Romance area will meet in a special Open Forum to discuss upcoming conferences, work in progress, and the future of the field of Popular Romance Studies.  All are welcome to attend.

Presenters are encouraged to make use of the new array of romance scholarship resources online, including the romance bibliographyhttp://www.romancewiki.com/Romance_Scholarship, the RomanceScholar listserv http://mailman.depaul.edu/mailman/listinfo/romancescholar, and the  peer-reviewed articles and interviews published in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies http://jprstudies.org.  Area co-chairs Eric Selinger and An Goris are the Executive Editor and Managing Editor, respectively, of this open-access journal.

Submit a one-page (200-300 words) proposal or abstract by November 1, 2013, to the PCA/ACA conference database: http://ncp.pcaaca.org/

Directions for submission: http://pcaaca.org/conference/proposing_presentation.php

Please feel free to forward, cross-post, or link to this call for papers.

If you have any questions as all, please contact the area co-chairs:

Eric Selinger
Professor of English
DePaul University
eselinge@depaul.edu

An Goris
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Leuven
An.Goris@arts.kuleuven.be