Black Performing Arts Area

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Call for papers: 

Black Performing Arts:  Sound, Movement, Image, Text


Popular Culture Association

2021 National Conference

June 2-5, 2021


The Black Performing Arts Area provides a scholarly forum to share and disseminate 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, in the mainstream marketplace.

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, and gender, and the relationship between black performing arts and their broad political and economic context.


Inquiries may be directed to the Area Co-Chairs:

Michael Borshuk

Associate Professor, Texas Tech University



Jonafa Banbury

Independent Scholar






2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
11-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available

June 2-5, 2021 

Virtual Conference


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.












Area chairs

Jonafa Banbury

Michael Borshuk