PCA/ACA

Circus and Sideshow Culture 

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Call for papers: 

Circus and Sideshow Culture: Call for Proposals; abstracts roughly 50 words, please.

POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

2020 JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Please join some of the most interesting, most talented performers and scholars of circus and sideshow arts April 15-19, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We look forward to a few days of academic networking, sharing scholarly work, and oodles of 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 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 Representations.

Details:

Circus and Sideshow Panelists 2019

 

 Please include the following in your abstract:

  • Panel title and upload current photo and 50-word biography;
  • Name and contact information for the panel chair;
  • Titles and abstracts of each paper;
  • Contact information for each presenter;
  • Note: all presenters must be members of the PCA and must register for the conference.

 

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

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2019                 Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 1, 2019           Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 1, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 15, 2020             Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2020             Presenter Registration Deadline – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Registration ends for presenters at midnight.
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference

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. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

Area chairs

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