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 
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.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

Submit a Presentation

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Grants and Awards (coming soon)

Areas That Accept Undergraduate Submissions

All Subject Areas

Conference Code of Conduct



Area chairs

Nicole Freim