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Accepts undergraduate submissions

The Civil War and Reconstruction Area of the Popular Culture /American Culture Association is calling for papers on the American Civil War and Reconstruction for its national meeting, April 5-8, 2023 (Wednesday through Saturday), in San Antonio, Texas.  Papers are welcome from a range of disciplines, and may explore any topic or “reading” of the War and its impact on American Culture. 


Past presentations have included such diverse subject areas as journals and letters, literature, photography, art, newspapers and journalistic history, counterfactual history, battle reenactments, music, Civil War politics  (even events leading up to the war), battle narratives, soldiers’ memoirs, guerilla warfare, film, historiographical issues, women’s narratives, women in combat, war games, secession politics, African-Americans at war, the Underground Railroad, Veterans’ organizations, modern pop culture, battlefield preservation, memorials, and material culture.  Suggested special topics for this year could include German immigrants to Texas and their refusal to fight for the Confederacy (the Nueces Massacre, perhaps), the Secession of Texas, military politics, the Rhetoric of Secession, and Abolitionists and war.


Acceptance of your paper obligates you to appear and make an oral presentation.  Sessions run for ninety minutes, and each presenter receives fifteen minutes to present, depending on the number of papers in each panel.  Please plan to stay within this time limit.  Graduate students are especially welcome to submit proposals—as are undergraduates, if they have a sponsor.  Whole panel proposals are also welcome.


Please send an abstract of 100-250 words online at the URL offered below. 


Area Co-Chairs


Dr. Michael Frawley

Department of History

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

[email protected]

ph. (432) 552-2314


Dr. Randal Allred

52 East 2075 South

Orem, UT 84058

[email protected]

ph. (808) 277-0397






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
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 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.