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 
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

Araceli Masterson-Algar