Dance & Dance Culture

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Accepts undergraduate submissions
Call for papers: 


Area Chairs: Jen Atkins and Celeste Landeros


Call For Proposals:  Sessions, Panels, Papers, and other formats welcome


June 2-5, 2021

For information on PCA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org


To submit your panel or presentation, go to https://pcaaca.org and follow the instructions for creating an account and making your submission. The conference webpage will go live August 1st. ALL submissions must be made through the conference submission site. For individual papers, please submit a title and 250-word abstract. For themed paper sessions, each presenter must enter her/his own presentation and the chair should contact either Dance Area Co-Chair to assemble them into a panel.


The “Dance and Culture” area of the national PCA solicits proposals on all areas of 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.


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.


For Additional Information, Please Contact

Jen Atkins: jatkins@fsu.edu or Celeste Landeros: clanderos@barry.edu


General Information

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; representations in film, television, and media; cultural, political and social commentary; popular music; gender studies; maintenance, evolution, and transmittal of traditional dance forms around the globe and new directions in the performing arts in the 21st century. We are committed to connecting with the local dance scene in our host cities, inviting local speakers and planning outings to local performances, studios, and archives. If you have any ideas about how we can experience dance in Boston, let us know! Performance, lecture/demo, and other innovative format proposals are also welcome.


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]
  • 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 of the presentation rooms. Internet may be available but the associations ask us to have a back up plan in case the connection speed is slow or interrupted. MAC users:  you need to bring your own adapter. International visitors:  If you burn a DVD, you should ensure that Region 1 coding or Region 0 is chosen.
  • Special needs, if any.


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




2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
11-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available

June 2-5, 2021 

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.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.












Area chairs

Jen Atkins

Celeste Landeros