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







2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those not registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


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.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Please check back soon for 2022 conference updates.





Area chairs

Jonafa Banbury

Michael Borshuk