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The Ecology and Culture Area of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association is soliciting papers on Perspectives on Landscapes and Culture for the 2019 annual conference in Washington DC at the Wardman Park Marriot from Wednesday April 17 to Saturday, April 20.

How do landscapes, whether natural or built, affect human behavior and perspectives?  Is there a relationship between landscape and culture?  What role does non-human life play in the health of the landscape  (animals, insects, birds, rivers, trees, soil, etc).  How will climate change affect the interplay of landscape and culture? Are there connections between landscapes and health–either human or non-human health?

Abstracts of papers exploring landscape and culture connection on any of the following or related topics are welcome.

  • Geographically specific landscapes
  • Types of landscape (forest, desert, urban, etc)
  • Landscape and visual art (paintings, photography, film, for example)
  • Landscape and literature
  • Landscape and climate
  • Landscape and nature
  • Landscape and health
  • Landscape and aesthetics
  • Landscape and religion or spirituality
  • Landscape and social issues
  • Landscape and history

Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. Working professionals, scholars, educators, and graduate students are all encouraged to submit.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and contact telephone number) to http://conference.pcaaca.org. The submission deadline is October 1, 2018.

(Although the site is pretty user friendly, find general instructions at http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-conference/ )

Travel and research grants are available: http://pcaaca.org/grants/

All presenters must be members of the PCA and must register for the conference.

Here is the schedule of deadlines and pertinent dates:

1 July:  Database Opens for Submissions

1 October:  Registration Opens

1 October: Deadline for Paper Proposals

15 November:  Early Bird Registration Rate Ends

1 December:  Preliminary Program Available

15 December:  “Drop Dead”: Participants Not Registered Removed from Program

3 January:  2019 Final Program to the Publisher

17-20 April 2019:  Washington, D.C.!


Please send inquiries by October 1, 2018 to:

Margaret O’Shaughnessey
Area Chair, Ecology and Culture
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Telephone: (919) 962-4039
Email: meo@email.unc.edu

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