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Popular CulturE Association: Education, Teaching, History & Popular Culture

Call for Papers


The Area of Education, Teaching, History and Popular Culture is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Popular Culture Association National Conference to be held June 2-5, 2021.

For detailed information please see https://pcaaca.org/conference.   


Educators, librarians, archivists, scholars, independent researchers and graduate students are encouraged to apply.  Undergraduates are reminded that there is an entire area devoted to undergraduate presentations in which they should submit: https://pcaaca.org/area/undergraduate-sessions.  If an undergraduate, in conjunction with a faculty sponsor, chooses to submit a paper for consideration it must be co-presented with the faculty at the conference.  Undergraduates who wish to present a panel or round table must do so under the supervision of a faculty sponsor, who must be included in the proposal submission.


At this unique moment in educational history, we are soliciting proposals around the theme of education in the era of COVID-19.  The themes might include:

  • Successful distance education techniques (such as managing large groups, fostering interactivity, encouraging active engagement, and/or effective assessment from a distance);
  • Coping with teaching and learning at home (such as maintaining motivation, balancing work –life requirements, and/or managing stress);
  • Helping teachers and students with self-care during stressful times;
  • Handling the logistics of our new normal (such as bussing in the age of social distancing, financial implications across cultures/regions, mandates versus local policies, curricular issues such as physical education and music ensembles, noncurricular issues such as cafeterias and libraries);
  • What dealing with these complex issues has taught us about the multitudinous purposes of schooling in this nation beyond classroom learning; and
  • Speculations and/or extrapolations about the future of education based on what has been experienced up to the point of writing/submission; and/or
  • Lessons from previous pandemics—what should we have learned, what could we learn?

In addition to this special topic, the usual submissions that explore, connect, contrast, or otherwise address area themes of schooling and education, teaching throughout history (including preparing teachers/preservice teacher education), history, archival studies and/or their linkages to popular culture from all periods are desired.  Sample topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Successful use(s) of popular culture and/or sport(s) in teaching at all levels in all contents;
  • How schooling/education has impacted/has been impacted by popular culture;
  • Teaching and learning in the community college;
  • Issues impacting the community colleges of the nation;
  • Representation(s) of teaching and/or schooling in popular culture through history;
  • International/multinational/cross-border lenses through which popular culture/popular perception of schooling and/or teaching can be viewed;
  • The intersection of schooling, politics, and the media;
  • Debating whether there can, in fact, be a form of “popular” culture today;
  • The role of history in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education;
  • The importance of/re-integration of historical foundations into teacher education;
  • Linkages between archival research and education, schooling, and/or popular culture;
  • How LGBTQ+ studies has impacted/been impacted by schooling/education;
  • Queering classrooms/queering education;
  • Tapping into (or resisting) popular technology/social media to improve education;
  • Explorations in the impact of social media/corporate America on children; and/or
  • Exploring the intersections of social media, social identity and education.

To be considered, interested individuals should please prepare an abstract of between 100-250 words. Individuals must submit electronically through the PCA website.  Please be sure to complete/ensure the accuracy of all presenter information. 


Decisions will be communicated within approximately two weeks of this deadline.  All presenters must be members of the Popular Culture Association and fully registered for the conference. 


Any further inquiries can be directed to:

Dr. Edward Janak

Chair, Department of Educational Studies

Email: Edward.janak@utoledo.edu

Phone: (419) 530-4114




2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those not registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


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 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Please check back soon for 2022 conference updates.





Area chairs

Edward Janak