Dance & Dance Culture

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Accepts undergraduate submissions

The “Dance and Culture” area of the national PCA solicits proposals on dance and culture in the Americas and/or dance in popular culture worldwide. All methods of inquiry welcome. However, given the interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary membership of the associations, participants are encouraged to consider interdisciplinary connections of their research, 21st century innovations in the field of dance, and the diverse interests of their potential audience. Performance, lecture/demo, and other innovative format proposals are welcome.


To submit your panel or presentation, go to the conference webpage and follow the instructions for creating an account, then make your submission. ALL submissions must be made through the conference submission site. For individual papers, submit a title and 250-word abstract. For predetermined, themed sessions, each presenter must enter their own presentation, then contact the area chair to assemble them into a panel.


Presenters may deliver only one formal paper, but they may also participate as a panel chair, discussant, or respondent. If you are interested in assisting in an additional capacity, please email either Dance Area Co-Chair. All presenters must be current, paid members of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) in the year that they participate.


Full conference information, including registration, key deadlines, local arrangements, and tentative conference programming can be found at on the PCA conference webpage.


For Additional Information, Please Contact

Jen Atkins: jatkins@fsu.edu



The national PCA/ACA sponsors an annual convention at which papers, presentations, and activities in all areas of American culture and of world popular culture are explored through formal scholarly panels, roundtable discussions, film showings, keynote addresses and receptions, and an exhibition hall of publishers and acquisition editors. The conference can draw more than 2,000 participants and feature more than 500 interdisciplinary panels.


In the past ten years, the Dance and Culture area has directly sponsored or co-sponsored 10 to 15 panels over the four-day conference. Topic areas that have been represented include: the dancing body in new and emerging technologies; dance and transmedia representation; cultural, political and social commentary; popular music; gender studies; global maintenance, evolution, and transmittal of traditional dance forms; and new directions in 21st century performing arts. We are committed to connecting with local dance scenes, artists, and curators in our host cities, and planning outings to local performances, studios, and archives. If you have any ideas about how we can experience dance in Seattle, let us know!


To submit a proposal online, please have the following information ready to input:

  • Title(s) [for group: panel title, if more than one presentation or paper is included in proposal, as well as each individual title, if applicable]
  • Name(s) of participant(s) as they want them displayed in the conference program book, including institutional affiliation or listing as an independent scholar
  • Short bio/background of each participant (not more than about 50 words)
  • Full contact information for each participant (mailing address and email – email is essential, as most conference information is communicated by email and online)
  • Abstract of paper or panel or session (not more than 250 words)
  • Format (e.g., individual paper of 20 minutes for a panel of 3 or 15 minutes for 4 papers, roundtable discussion, lecture/demonstration, etc.):
  • AV Needs:  IMPORTANT!  The conference organizers provide ONLY a DVD Player and TV display/monitor in each presentation room. The association asks us to have a backup plan in case the Internet connection speed is slow or interrupted. MAC users: please bring your own adapter. International visitors: if you burn a DVD, ensure to select Region 1 or Region 0 coding.
  • Special needs, if any.


Submissions will receive responses no later than two weeks after submission. You MUST be available to attend all four days of the conference; special scheduling requests cannot be accommodated. To appear in the conference program, you must pre-register for the conference. Discounted rates available for early registrants.


Awards for Graduate Students and International Participants: There are a small number of competitive awards for graduate students and international presenters from any discipline who are presenting at the annual convention.


2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01 Sept-21 Submissions Open 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

Virtual conference


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.   

The last day for all refunds is February 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Area chairs

Jen Atkins