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  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.  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





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.


Please check back soon for 2022 conference updates.





Area chairs

Amie Doughty