PCA/ACA

Fitness, Exercise and Physical Culture

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Call for papers: 

THIS AREA also ACCEPTS PROPOSALS FROM UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS. 

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 Philadelphia!

 

Tony Kemerly, PhD

skemerly@highpoint.edu

 

 

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 10, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference


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. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

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