Body and Culture

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Accepts undergraduate submissions

The Body and Culture area welcomes papers, presentations, and panels involving scholarly inquiry that address the intersection of the body and culture. The Body and Culture Area encourages interdisciplinary dialogue over the body as text, both literal and discursive, and how the body’s production of meaning is socially, culturally, historically, psychologically, economically, and/or politically located. Papers may address the meanings culture writes onto bodies, the origins of those meanings, and the impact those meanings have on bodies so inscribed.

We welcome topics of any nature dealing with the body: gendered, agendered, and hyper-gendered bodies, absent and present bodies, bodies that conform, bodies that resist, bodies in media, bodies as media, bodies as activism, bodies in conflict, bodies as resistance, live bodies, dead bodies, mediatized bodies, bodies on stage, bodies on screen, fit bodies, unfit bodies, well bodies, unwell bodies and bodies in movement and bodies in stillness.

Papers should address popular culture explicitly, and methodologies from across disciplines, cultural contexts, and historical periods are welcome. Papers from scholars and practitioners are welcome, and full panels are especially encouraged to apply.

Please submit a 250-word abstract along with a 75 to100 word biographical statement.

I look forward to hearing from you and I hope to see you in Seattle!


Tony Kemerly, PhD




2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01 Sept-21 Submissions Open 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

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.

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

The last day for all refunds is February 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Area chairs

Tony Kemerly