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Call for papers: 




Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 20, 2019

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

For conference information, please go to https://pcaaca.org/conference



To submit your panel or presentation, go to https://pcaaca.org/help/conference/submitting-proposals-conference and follow the instructions.  ALL submissions must be made through the conference submission site. For individual papers, please submit a title and a short abstract. For complete panels: presenters submit their papers individually and then the organizer should email the area co-chairs to let them know about the panel’s full composition.


The “Dance and Culture” area of the national PCA/ACA 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 members of either the Popular Culture Association (PCA) or the American Culture Association (ACA) in the year that they participate. 


Full conference information, including registration, key deadlines, local arrangements, and tentative conference programming can be found at https://pcaaca.org/conference.


For Additional Information, Please Contact

Jen Atkins: jatkins@fsu.edu or Celeste Landeros: clanderos@barry.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. Last year the conference drew more than 2,000 participants; it featured 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. Some topic areas have included: the dancing body in new and emerging technologies; film, television, and media representations; 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. This year we will feature a roundtable, asking the question: “What is American dance?” Please join us for this discussion, which is open to all participants.

We are also committed to connecting with the local dance scene in our host cities, inviting local speakers, and planning outings to local performances. One highlight in the works for 2019 includes a special performance of “New Dance Group” dances and other solos inspired by social justice themes, hosted by the Library of Congress. If you have any ideas about how we can experience dance in Washington, D.C., 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 and any individual titles if more than one presentation or paper is included]
  • 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 300 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!  Please carefully read the Audio Visual Support section of the “Presenting at PCA” webpage at: https://pcaaca.org/conference/presenting-pca-av-info. Presentation rooms will be only equipped with: LCD data projector, speakers, projection screen, a standard VGA cable, and a standard 3.5mm Audio cable. 
  • Special space needs, if any.


Submissions will receive responses by October 15. 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 registration rates available until November 1 (last date to register is December 1).


Awards for Graduate Students and International Participants:  There are a small number of competitive awards for graduate students and international presenters who are presenting at the annual convention. More information is available at: https://pcaaca.org/resources/applying-pca-endowment-travel-grants


Area chairs