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Call for papers: 

Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference

June 2-5, 2021

Boston, MA


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.


Deadline for submissions is November 16, 2020.  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

12-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
15-Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
16-Nov-20 Deadline for Proposals and Endowment Grant Applications
31-Dec-20 Early Bird Registration Ends
01-Jan-21 Regular Registration Begins
31-Jan-21 Regular Registration Ends
01-Feb-21 Late Registration Begins
01-Feb-21  Preliminary Schedule Available
28-Feb-21 Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
01-Mar-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

June 2-5, 2021 

National Conference in Boston


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 31: 100% refund
Requested by Feb 7: 75% refund
Requested by Feb 14: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 21: 25% refund
After Feb. 28: 0% refund

Membership fees are non-refundable.