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 2022 Conference. We seek papers that address migration and/or borders and borderlands with attention to 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 an expression of political and economic junctures that are historically specific.


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 borderlands
  2. Processes of social inclusion, exclusion, and containment.
  3. Human mobility at large, and most specifically as inseparable from experiences 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: aracelimasterson@ku.edu.






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.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

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Area chairs

Araceli Masterson-Algar