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Call for papers: 

Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference

April 15-18, 2020

Philadelphia, PA


Call for Papers: American Literature

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2019


The American Literature Area of the Popular Culture Association invites submissions for our National Conference, to be held April 15-18, 2020 at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia, PA.


The area seeks to represent the diversity of American literature and literary studies, and as such welcomes presentations about works in any genre(s) of American literature, from the colonial era to the twenty-first century. We welcome a range of critical approaches: For instance, papers may consider literary representations, explore historical implications, offer theoretical readings, examine thematic parallels, or adopt other interpretive paradigms. We also encourage proposals that explore intersections of American literature and popular culture—such as film, music, television, theater, visual arts, and fashion—and those that offer treatments of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and national and individual identity in American literature.


Please submit an abstract of 200-250 words through the PCA submission database at https://conference.pcaaca.org/. Decisions pertaining to the status of proposals will be communicated within two weeks of receipt. To learn more about the organization, visit http://pcaaca.org.


Here are relevant dates and deadlines for the PCA 2020 National Conference:

August 1, 2019              Submission Page Goes Live

October 1, 2019            Early Bird Registration Opens

November 1, 2019       Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment Grants

December 1, 2019        Early Bird Registration ENDS

January 1, 2020             Regular Registration ENDS

January 2, 2020             Late Registration BEGINS

January 15, 2020          Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline

January 20, 2020          Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020          Registration for Presenters ENDS—participants who have not registered dropped from the program at the end of the day

February 2, 2020          REGISTRATION SYSTEM CLOSES at Midnight

March 1, 2020               Non-Presenters Late Registration OPENS


If you would like more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the American Literature Area Chair:


Corey M. Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

5500 Wabash Avenue

Terre Haute, IN 47803-3920


Area chairs