Black Performing Arts Area

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Call for papers: 

Black Performing Arts:   Sound, Movement, Image, Text 
Popular Culture Association  2020 National Conference 
PHILADELPHIA MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN 1201 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 
April 15-18, 2020 
Call For Proposals:  Sessions, Panels, Papers  DEADLINE For Paper Proposals:  November 24, 2019 
The Black Performing Arts Area provides a scholarly forum to share research pertaining to the black performing and visual arts.  Broadly defined, the area focuses on all forms of performing and visual arts, including jazz, blues, gospel, hip hop, rhythm and blues, Caribbean music, dance, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and acting. 
The panels on Black Performing Arts: Sound, Movement, Image, Text will  showcase interdisciplinary discussions of cultural identity, art, religion, ritual, power, image,  representation, symbols and their meaning, and the social processes and systems  that influence and inform the innovation, production, regulation, and consumption of black performing arts.  Additionally, we invite research that examines the role of black music within society, how black performing and visual arts relate to race, class, sexuality, and gender, and the relationship between black performing arts and their broad political and economic context. 
Special Call:  
The Black Performing Arts area welcomes proposals on any of the broad categories listed above, but among the topics we are especially interested in for 2020 are: 
 Recognizing Philadelphia’s most notable current artists Meek Mill and Tierra Whack  Meek Mill (Free Meek documentary) and the intersection between music, activism, and prison reform;  Tierra Whack and the role of social media as an artistic vehicle;  Beyoncé’s Homecoming as a self-reflexive archive of African American performance;  Nipsey Hussle’s legacy in music and activism;  Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us as criticism of the prison-industrial complex and white supremacist politics;  black diasporic aesthetics in Kehinde Wiley’s and Amy Sherald’s paintings of the Obamas for the National Portrait Gallery;  “documentary theater” as a means of confronting mass incarceration in Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field;  Makaya McCraven’s integration of technology and performance in jazz as a self-proclaimed “beat scientist”  Lizzo’s performative challenge to restrictive ideas about attractiveness or femininity. 

 To submit your panel or presentation;  
You must be logged in to submit a proposal. You will not need to register and pay for the conference until after your paper is accepted. 
1. Once logged in, choose submit a proposal on the home page to submit a paper abstract or other kinds of presentations for inclusion in the PCA/ACA conference. Complete panels (with three to four individual papers) should be submitted as individual papers and area chairs should be contacted regarding the panel. 2. The submission form will first ask you to pick your topic area and the type of proposal you want to submit. One person cannot be added to more than one paper proposal per conference. 3. Next, list the email addresses of all the presenters in your proposal. Please note that your co-presenters must already have an account on the website before you can add them to your proposal. 4. After clicking “Continue” you’ll be able to enter your presentation’s details. Title your presentation using titlecase capitalization. Abstracts must not exceed 300 words. 
Inquiries may be directed to the Area Co-Chairs: 
Michael Borshuk  Associate Professor, Texas Tech University michael.borshuk@ttu.edu 
Jonafa Banbury Independent Scholar txbanbury@yahoo.com  





2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 13, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully  registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

Area chairs

Jonafa Banbury

Michael Borshuk