PCA/ACA

Fitness, Exercise and Physical Culture

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Accepts undergraduate submissions
Call for papers: 

Fitness, Exercise, and Physical Culture

The fitness, exercise, and physical culture area welcomes papers, presentations, and panels involving scholarly inquiry on physical fitness and popular culture. Fitness is variously defined as a pursuit and a product (e.g. a person can engage in fitness activities to achieve a level of physical fitness.) A minimum level of fitness is considered a health necessity. Yet the spectrum of fitness embraces wellness, successful negotiation of activities of daily living and athletic prowess. While fitness is part of culture, there is an “anti-fitness” presence also…particularly in popular culture.

This interdisciplinary area explores exercise and fitness in media, film, literature, advertising, television, comic books, magazines, the internet, and social media. Critical inquiry, archival and historical research, visual analysis, and ethnographic research, expressions of fitness in narrative, poetry, and creative writing are welcome.

Submissions are accepted through this site. Please submit a 250-word abstract along with a 75-100 word biographical statement. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Fitness and Wellness

Exercise Trends of Fitness Crazes

Depictions of fit (or unfit) bodies

Objectification of Athletes & Athletic Prowess

Exploration of Physical Un-ability

Cultural Interpretations

Influences of Technology

Gender Perceptions and Pursuits

Fitness as a Societal Expectation

Physical Self-Perception

Consumerism and Commodification

Gym, Health Clubs, or Spa Culture

Role and Impact of Politics

Any Other Related Topics

 

I look forward to hearing from you and I hope to see you in Boston!

 

Tony Kemerly, PhD

skemerly@highpoint.edu

 

 

 

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

Tony Kemerly