Border Studies, Cultural Economy & Migration

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The Border Studies, Cultural Economy, and Migration area of the Popular Culture Association invites abstract submissions for the 2023 Conference, April 5-8 in San Antonio, Texas. We seek papers that address migration and/or borders and borderlands with attention to cultural expression as inseparable from specific sociopolitical contexts and junctures. Thus, we prioritize submissions that show engagement with both the Humanities and the Social Sciences, through an understanding of the cultural (i.e. literary, visual, sonic, and material culture at large) as a window into historically specific human experiences.

We understand ‘borders’ as both ideological and material, and thus, we accept papers that address the cultural in tandem with:

  1. Specific lived experiences in areas transversed by national borders, and particularly, but not exclusively, the U.S./Mexico Borderlands.

  2. Processes of social inclusion, exclusion, and containment.

  3. Humanmobilityatlarge,andmostspecificallyasinseparablefromexperiences

    of human displacement, including experiences of resettlement and/or the regulation of human movement.

Papers may be presented in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish. Proposals for organized sessions are also welcome. Please send an abstract of no more than 150 words to Araceli Masterson-Algar, Area Chair at: [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.