Fairy Tales

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Call for papers: 

The Fairy Tales Area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association seeks paper presentations and panels on the diverse range of fairy tales throughout the world. This year, we particularly seek papers focused on pedagogical uses of fairy tales at all levels and in all fields, discussions of folkloric shifts from oral to literary to visual (filmic, artistic, etc) versions of tales, and creative pieces that retell or critique fairy tales or use the tales to comment on some aspect of culture or history.

Still, we are interested in as wide an array of papers as possible, so please do not hesitate to send a submission on any fairy tale related subject.

Please submit your proposal of 250-300 words and a short, academic bio through this site. We cannot accept abstracts/bios by email. However, groups proposing panels should email the area chairs in advance of submission to indicate which papers/writers will be included and the panel’s ideal title. Panels must include four presenters/papers of approximately 15 minutes each. Each presenter will submit their paper individually to the database, and the area chairs will combine them into the desired panel.

When we review abstracts we look for cogent, tightly-focused ideas that provide enough detail for us to see where you are headed and abstracts that indicate a paper that can fit within the time constraints of the panel. Panels run 90 minutes with four presenters, so each paper should be written for a length of 15-20 minutes (about 2100 words, or 7 double-spaced pages in 12-point Times New Roman). 



October 1, 2019              Early Bird Registration Opens

November 1, 2019          Deadline for Paper Proposals

December 1, 2019          Early Bird Registration ENDS

January 1, 2020               Regular Registration ENDS

January 2, 2020               Late Registration BEGINS—be sure to reserve your spot in the program!

January 15, 2020             Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline

January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Registration for Presenters ENDS—participants who have not registered dropped from the program at the end of the day


March 1, 2020                 Non-Presenters Late Registration OPENS

April 15-18, 2020            Philly!


Please send all inquires to:

-Amanda Mordavsky Caleb

Misericordia University


-Linda J. Holland-Toll

Mount Olive College


-Amanda Boyd

University of North Dakota


Area chairs