Eros, Pornography & Popular Culture

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The Eros, Pornography, & Popular Culture Area of the National Popular Culture Association invites scholars to participate in the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, April 13-16, 2021.  Details of the conference can be found at pcaaca.org.


Papers dealing with any aspect of eros and pornography, broadly defined, will be considered.  Some samples of past topics include:


  • BDSM and Authority Exchange Relationships: Real Life Relationships and How They Work
  • From Wanderlust to Steven Universe: The Imaginal Potential of Ethical Non-Monogamy in Television
  • Fifty Shades and the Tampon Taboo: Menstruation and the Media Marketplace
  • Between the Fold: “Pornified” Visual Metonymy in Advertising
  • Unbridling Experiences: Playing with Guilty Pleasures
  • Curing a Moral Illness: Folk Etiology and Treatment of Addictive Sexuality in Modern Cinema
  • Consuming From the Margins: Micropopcorn and the Sexual Scavenger
  • Polyamory 101 – A Roundtable

Submission requirements: Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the national conference should submit a 200 word abstract and a short introductory bio (2-3 sentences) to the PCA database.  


This call asks for individual paper proposals or submissions for entire panels.  If you are submitting a panel, please make sure to note the members of your panel.  


Papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes.  The PCA limits presenters to one paper given at the conference.


Please send all inquiries to the area chair:

Nicole Freim




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

Nicole Freim