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The Communication and Digital Culture Area hosts presentations and panels that explore human communication in an increasingly digital landscape. This area hosts a wide spectrum of presentations that interrogate how rhetorics and communication practices obtain, evolve, and emerge in relationship to contemporary exigencies, such as developments in social media, digitized workplaces, electronic consumerism, entertainment, etc. The Communication and Digital Culture Area is an inclusive, transdisciplinary group that has regularly featured scholars from the arts, new media, technology, communication, and rhetorical studies.

2023 Call for Presentations
“CTRL/ALT/DEL: The Shaping of Our Digital Cultures”

The Communication and Digital Culture Area of Popular Culture Association is seeking submissions for presentations dealing with “The Shaping of Our Digital Cultures” for the 2023 National PCAACA Conference. Submissions should thoughtfully address factors that direct, limit, include or exclude participation, restrict or “push” information, or otherwise shape digital cultures.

Topics for presentations and panels might include:

  • institutional control of information, (e.g. governments, organizations, Russia/Ukraine)
  • the role of metadata tagging in news media,
  • the power of algorithms in streaming entertainment, (e.g. Spotify, Pandora, Netflix)
  • alternative taxonomies: folksonomies, tagging, influencers,
  •  “big social media” (Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram) issues and actions,
  • cancel culture, Facebook jail, and other forms of deletion.

Submissions: Submit a 250-word proposal via the PCA interface.

For additional information, contact the Communication and Digital Culture Area Chair:

Randy D. Nichols, PhD
Limestone University
Gaffney, SC 29340

[email protected]


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. 






Area chairs