The Grateful Dead - Special Topic 2022

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The Grateful Dead area invites scholars from all disciplines to join us for our meeting in 2023!


Academics, professionals, and graduate students are all encouraged to submit proposals for papers, sessions, discussion panels, and special sessions on any aspect of the Grateful Dead and their associated contexts.


The area welcomes presentations on the Grateful Dead’s music, lyrics, performance, audience, critical reception, and history, as well as their associated contexts, including art, the counterculture, and fan studies. Proposals that address critical and theoretical perspectives are especially encouraged. Comparative analyses are welcome.


Sessions are 90 minutes. Presentations should not exceed 15-20 minutes. Panel proposals should include 3 to 4 papers; roundtable discussion panels should include 4 to 6 participants.


The area encourages audio/visual presentations. We also meet informally in the evenings and will have an area dinner.


Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and contact telephone number) to http://conference.pcaaca.org.

Please include the following:

  • Paper Title
  • Name and contact information
  • Paper abstract


For panel proposals, please include the panel title and abstract, each paper abstract and presenter information, and moderator information.


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


Please send all inquiries to:

Nicholas G. Meriwether

PO Box 306, Davenport, CA  95017

Email: [email protected] 


Granville Ganter

Email: [email protected]>.



2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
20 Dec-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
02 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends
03 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins
13 Jan-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
01 Feb-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
17 Mar-23 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


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.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal.