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Special Topics Area – Singles Studies
Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association 2017 Joint National Conference


Marriott Marina, San Diego

Wednesday, April 12 to Saturday, April 15

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The organizers seek proposals and papers covering all aspects of singlism, matrimania, and singles studies.  Proposals can address any aspect of singlehood (single parenting, singlehood as portrayed in literature, music, television, film, or other media), and all theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Representation of singlehood on social media
  • Misrepresentation of research about single people
  • Marginalization of single people in academia
  • Research on dating websites
  • Singlehood as represented in literature, music, television, and film
  • Laws and policies that pertain to single people vs. married people
  • Societal perceptions of single people
  • Creative pieces about singlehood
  • Discrimination against single people

Submission Process:

Paper Proposals

For individual paper proposal submissions, please submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract by October 1, 2016 to


Panel Proposals

For panel submissions, please submit a 250-word (maximum) panel abstract, as well as 100-word abstracts for each individual presentation, by October 1, 2016. Be sure to include the proposed title of the panel, the organizer’s name, affiliation, mailing address, and email, as well as this information for all panelists. Panel submissions may take the form of debates, dialogs, roundtable discussions, thematic panels, (or other format,) and should be designed to last approximately eighty minutes.


Information About the Conference

A – So that there will be ample time for discussion, each individual paper presentation should be designed to last approximately twelve to fifteen minutes (there are typically four presentations per session with time for Q&A).

B – Technology for use during presentations may be limited.  More information about the conference can be found at

C – Presenters will be required to join either the Popular Culture Association or the American Culture Association prior to attending the conference, as well as pay a registration fee for the conference.  Information about these fees can be found at

D – Awards and Travel Grants are offered, on a competitive basis, by the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.


for more information or questions regarding submissions, please contact Area Chair:


Bruce E. Drushel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Media & Culture
Department of Media, Journalism, & Film
Miami University
Oxford OH  45056
(513) 529-3526
[email protected]