Gender Studies

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Call for papers: 

The Gender Studies Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes scholarship represented in a variety of ways.  We are interested in receiving proposals for single or co-authored papers, presentations, “expert” panels—by topic or by issue, roundtables, open forums etc. but we also invite less conventional kinds of scholarly interactions: conversations, gender “performance”, film screenings followed by a panel discussion and/or an open forum, art symposiums and/or presentations of installations that address issues of Gender and Transgender in Popular Culture.


Please feel free to propose other presentation formats suitable for the myriad of gender and transgender expressions in popular culture.


Proposals may come from individual faculty, graduate students, and/or professionals.  Panels include three to four presenters and respondents [optional]. Presenters from any appropriate disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome.


Suggested topics or issue include but are not limited to:

  • Feminist analysis of music, film, television, documentaries, technology, art, magazines, comics, fiction, children’s literature etc.
  • Gender Binaries in Popular Culture
  • Masculinity/Femininity in popular culture.
  • Curriculum and/or pedagogy related to straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, queer and questioning interests
  • Transgender issues and experiences
  • Gender and transgender issues in: the military, family and home, workplace, human rights, politics, fashion and modeling, language and discourse, gender preference, health care, medicine and surgery, intersections of race and class, religion, autobiography, gender reassignment, roles and stereotypes, homelessness, global representations, bullying and youth, segregated activities and areas, allies and advocacy, gender, cisgender, cissexual, queer and gender/queer identity
  • Gender and Transgender Celebrities: [i.e. RuPaul, Harvey Milk, Gloria Steinem, Judith Butler, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Susan Stryker, Lady Gaga, Kate Bornstein, Chaz Bono, Thomas Beatie, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Sheryl Sandburg, Helen Gurley Brown, Harvey Fierstein, bell hooks, Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes, Ani DiFranco, Marissa Mayer, Taylor Smith, Melissa Harris Perry, Rachel Maddow, Mike White, John Legend, Julie Serrano etc.]
  • Autobiographies and Memoirs
  • Introductory Texts Defining “Gender”, “Gender Fluid”, “Transgender”, “Bi-sexual”, “Questioning” etc.
  • Nontraditional Gender Approaches
  • Gender and Trump
  • Protests and Marches for Gender and Transgender Civil Rights

Please submit all abstracts and proposals of approximately 250 words to the PCA Database. Include your name, affiliation, mailing address, email address and telephone number.

Please send all inquires to:
Carrie Marjorie Peirce
394 West Artesia Street
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 706-7948

Area chairs