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Call for papers: 

Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference

June 2-5, 2021


Fan Culture and Theory

For the 2021 conference we are particularly interested in papers that examine the intersections of politics, race, and activism in the wake of recent events surrounding the 2020 election, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the global pandemic. In addition, proposals for both panels and individual papers in the following areas are encouraged (though please note this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Global fan practices
  • Ethics and responsibilities of academics working within fan studies
  • Fan studies pedagogy
  • Issues of race within fan communities as well as in the discipline of fan studies
  • Disability
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Fan activism
  • Historical fandoms
  • Sports fandom
  • Music Fandom
  • Reality Television Fandom
  • Social Media and Fandom
  • Individual Fan Communities
  • Fans as critics
  • Fan videos and films
  • Fan crafts
  • Fan pilgrimages
  • Comics fandom
  • Fan fiction
  • Fan/Creator interactions

For individual papers, please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words and a short bio (100 words).   Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website


Panel proposals should be submitted directly to the area chair for approval (see contact information below).  Include an abstract (250 words) describing the panel, accompanied by the abstracts of the individual papers that comprise the panel. Once the panel is approved, individual presenters should submit their proposals through the PCA website.

Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.


 Individuals must be current, paid members to submit to the conference.


If you are unsure whether your proposal fits in this area, please contact klarsen@gwu.edu

Katherine Larsen
The George Washington University
Ames Hall 223
2100 Foxhall Road NW
Washington D.C. 20007
(202) 242 5090


2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
11-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available

June 2-5, 2021 

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.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.












Area chairs

Katherine Larsen