Cemeteries & Gravemarkers

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The Cemeteries and Gravemarkers Area of the Popular Culture Association is seeking proposals for individual papers, thematic panels, and roundtables for the PCA Annual Meeting. Sessions are scheduled in periods of 1:30, with four speakers per session. Proposals may be related to death studies topics including (but not limited to):

  • Cemeteries and gravemarkers history, iconography, rhetoric, and personalization
  • Rituals, memorialization, mourning practices, and funeral customs
  • Social and societal death conceptions (e.g., medicalization of death)
  • Death in popular culture
  • Funeral industry
  • Cyberthanatology

Scholars, graduate students, and working professionals are encouraged to submit. Abstracts should be 150 - 250 words (including presentation title) and be submitted through PCA website (see link below).


Please send any inquiries to

Elisabeth Beaunoyer, PhD

Assistant Professor


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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