PCA/ACA

Circus and Sideshow Culture 

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Call for papers: 

POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

2021 JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

June 2-5, 2021

Circus and Sideshow Culture Panels Call for Papers

Please join some of the most interesting, most talented performers and scholars of circus and sideshow arts June 2-5, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. We look forward to a few days of academic networking, sharing scholarly work, and relishing in circus/sideshow fun!

We are considering proposals for sessions organized around a theme, special panels, and/or individual papers or creative presentations.  Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes, as we reserve the last 30 minutes of panel sessions for discourse with attendees. Working professionals, scholars, educators, entertainers, and graduate or doctoral students are encouraged to submit. Proposals addressing any topic that intersects with culture, performance, and/or history of circus and sideshow arts are welcome.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to: Menageries, Sideshows, Contemporary Circuses (or the New Circus), Aerialists, Historic Relevance, Worlds Fair Exhibition Connections, Logistics of Circus Transportation & Production, Clowning, Circus & Sideshow Documentary Screenings, Performance Art, P.T. Barnum & Other Promoters, Gaffs, Pitch Cards, Circus Schools, Disability Studies in Performance, and Social Media and Marketing Platforms. Please submit abstracts of 100-200 words.

For information on PCA/ACA, please go to: http://www.pcaaca.org

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference. Membership fees are not refundable

 

 Please include the following in your abstract:

 

  • Panel title, name and contact information for panel chair;
  • Upload current photo and 50-word mini-biography;
  • Presentation title and abstract of 100-200 words;
  • Email contact information.

 

Please send all inquiries to:

Stacey L. Mascia-Susice, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Humanities Department
North Country Community College
75 William Street
Malone, NY 12953
smascia@nccc.edu
518-483-4550, ext. 3250

Circus and Sideshow Chairperson, PCA

(Images: Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore, Wonder Wheel, and “Boston Barnum’s Circus” by William Gilman 1889)

 

 

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

Stacey Mascia-Susice