The Grateful Dead - Special Topic 2022

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The Grateful Dead area invites scholars from all disciplines to join us for our second meeting in 2022!


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: nicholasmeriwether@gmail.com 


2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01 Sept-21 Submissions Open 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

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.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Area chairs

Nicholas G. Meriwether

Nicole Freim