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

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 13, 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.

Area chairs

Carrie Marjorie Peirce