ALL FOR PAPERS
Conference of the Popular Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
28-31 March 2017 – Indianapolis, Indiana
In response to Indiana’s role as a national player in debates about the rights and protections due to its LGBTQ residents, this year’s romance area will foreground the topic of popular romance and politics. The popular romance community—scholars included—prides itself on prioritizing consensus and community over debate, sometimes at the expense of asking hard but necessary questions. This year, we will open ourselves up to a few edgier panels, where participants are encouraged to push their boundaries and work together to think through some potentially divisive issues. We are defining “politics” broadly, not solely in terms of governance but also, to borrow the OED’s language, as “the principles relating to or inherent in a sphere or activity, especially when concerned with power and status.” Thus, this would span not only party politics in a particular national or regional arena, but also the politics of gender, sexuality, race, nationality, religion, and class, among others.
Paper topics on this special theme might include the following:
- The politics of the popular romance novel
- M/M romance and the straight female readership
- African-American and/or multicultural romance and market segregation
- The academic politics of studying the popular romance
- Party politics and military romance
- Politics within the RWA
- African-American and/or multicultural romance in historical settings
- Category romance and party politics
If you are sick of politics, or simply want to pursue your own intellectual passion, you are very welcome to do so. PCA/ACA Romance invites any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to romance, including the following: art; literature; philosophy; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; videos, webzines and other online storytelling. We are deeply interested in popular romance both within and outside of mainstream popular culture, now or in the past, anywhere in the world. Scholars, romance writers, romance readers, and any combination of the three are welcome: you do not need to be an academic to be part of the Romance area.
If you wish to organize a roundtable, special session, or a film screening, please contact the Area Chairs. We have had great success with film screenings for the past several years and would be interested in hosting another one.
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.
Submit a proposal or abstract (200-300 words) proposal or abstract through the PCA/ACA website, and ONLY through that website, at conference.pcaaca.org. If you wish to submit a panel for the conference, all presenters must submit individually through the website, and then notify the Area Chairs of your intentions to present together. Please do not include panel colleagues on the electronic submission as this confuses the program. Instructions for submission can be found at https://conference.pcaaca.org/help/conference/submitting-proposals-conference.
Do not simultaneously submit the same proposal to multiple areas. Doing so will result in your proposal being disqualified and your paper being refused by the PCA/ACA. Per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. If you try to submit to two areas, the master program will not accept your proposals (which may result in your paper not being accepted in either area).
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2017
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 chairs:
Dr. Jodi McAlister
University of Tasmania
Dr. Heather Schell
George Washington University