Circus and Sideshow Culture 

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Circus and Sideshow Culture

Call For Proposals:  Sessions, Panels, Papers






Please join some of the most interesting, most talented performers and scholars of circus and sideshow arts this April in Washington, D.C. 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.  Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. Working professionals, scholars, educators, and graduate 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 Exhibitions, Logistics of Circus Transportation & Production, Clowning, Circus & Sideshow Documentary Screenings, Performance Art, P.T. Barnum & Other Promoters, Gaffs, Pitch Cards, Circus Schools, Disability Studies, and Social Media.




Important Dates:

  • 1 JulyDatabase Opens for Submissions
  • 1 OctoberRegistration Opens/Deadline for Paper Proposals
  • 15 NovemberEarly Bird Registration Rate Ends
  • 1 DecemberPreliminary Program Available
  • 15 December“FINAL DATE”: Participants Not Registered Removed from Program
  • 3 January’19 Final Program to the Publisher


Please include the following:

  • Panel Title
  • 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

Dr. Stacey L. Mascia-Susice

Professor of English

North Country Community College

Malone, NY


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