PCA/ACA

Circus and Sideshow Culture 

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This area is not accepting submissions for the 2023 Conference. 

Please join some of the most interesting, most talented performers and scholars of circus and sideshow arts. 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
[email protected]
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)

 

 

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
20 Dec-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
02 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends
03 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins
13 Jan-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
01 Feb-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
17 Mar-23 Late 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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Area chairs

Stacey Mascia-Susice