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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 according to the dates below.

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


Tony Kemerly, PhD

[email protected]


2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


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. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal. 






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