Children’s and YA Literature and Culture

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Accepts undergraduate submissions
Call for papers: 


All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted through the PCA Website.
Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. 


The 2021 Popular Culture Association Conference will be held in Boston, MA, Wednesday, June 2 through Saturday, June 5, 2021. The Children’s and YA Literature and Culture Area invites presentations for papers on any aspect of children’s and YA popular culture: material culture, media, games, advertising, literature, and so on. Past topics have included recent films/television series; technology and social media; books, authors, and series; and issues and trends in children’s and YA literature and culture such as race, gender, and sexuality, dystopian fiction, the controversy about adults reading YA fiction, and environmentalism. New approaches to classic children’s and young adult literature and culture are also welcome.

We are particularly interested in papers examining the impact of #WeNeedDiverseBooks and Black Lives Matter on children’s and YA literature and culture.

In addition, as part of the PCA’s 50th anniversary celebration, we’re particularly interested in papers focused on children’s and YA literature and culture also reaching this milestone (e.g., Frog and Toad Are Friends, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, In the Night Kitchen, The Trumpet of the Swan, Runaway Ralph, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret; etc.), though we welcome papers about any topic related to children’s and YA literature and culture.

PCA encourages interdisciplinary approaches to popular culture in its presentations, which should be 15-20 minutes long. The deadline for submissions of a 100-200-word abstract is November 16, 2020. Please include your university affiliation if you have one, your telephone number, and your email address. If you are an undergraduate submitting to the area, please contact the area chair (see below) for more information about the process and to receive the form you must complete designating a sponsor for your paper.


Please do NOT submit papers to more than one session of PCA/ACA at the same time. Also be sure of having travel funds should your paper be accepted. Do NOT submit a paper unless you feel confident of attending the conference. No shows are noted.

Send inquiries to (Note: The actual proposals are to be sent directly to the PCA online site):

Dr. Amie Doughty

322 Netzer Admin

English Department

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY 13820

E-mail (preferred) Amie.Doughty@oneonta.edu


You can also find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/chlitcultpca and Twitter @chlitcult_pca


For additional information and instructions go to www.pcaaca.org




2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

12-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
12-Oct-20 Early Bird Registration Begins
16-Nov-20 Deadline for Proposals and Endowment Grant Applications
31-Dec-20 Early Bird Registration Ends
01-Jan-21 Regular Registration Begins
31-Jan-21 Regular Registration Ends
01-Feb-21 Late Registration Begins
01-Feb-21  Preliminary Schedule Available
28-Feb-21 Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
01-Mar-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

June 2-5, 2021 

National Conference in Boston


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 31: 100% refund
Requested by Feb 7: 75% refund
Requested by Feb 14: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 21: 25% refund
After Feb. 28: 0% refund

Membership fees are non-refundable.