PCA/ACA

Health, Humanities, and Popular Culture

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Call for papers: 

Health Humanities and Popular Culture

POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

2021 JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

June 2-5, 2021

 

For information on PCA/ACA and the conference, please go to http://pcaaca.org

 

 

The “Health Humanities and Popular Culture” area for the 2021 Popular and American Culture Association meeting in Boston invites proposals related to the portrayal of health, illness, and health care in the discourses of popular and American culture. Proposals representing perspectives in the humanities and the arts (e.g., film, history, literature, visual arts) are particularly welcome, as is scholarship in culture, media, gender and sexuality. Proposals should clearly establish what connections the presenter intends to draw between their chosen topic and popular and American culture.

 

Subject areas might include but are not limited to:

  • Narratives of illness told from the perspective of patient and/or provider in contemporary pop culture media: fiction, poetry, graphic fiction, memoir, television, film etc. 
  • Discourses of patient education and/or advocacy—magazines, websites, discussion boards, tv doctors, social media
  • Intersections and missed connections: improving lay and expert communication about illness and wellness
  • Narrative in/about/as medicine
  • The health humanities—what is the discipline? What can it do? How? What’s the connection with popular culture?
  • The problematic representation of illness narrative in popular culture (quests, battles, wins, losses, survivors, victims—and the construction of the patient-as-subject)
  • The construction of medical knowledge and beliefs about illness through the discourses of popular culture: medical melodrama, reality programs, social media, direct-to-consumer advertising, journalism, advertorials, the internet
  • Public health initiatives, patient education, threats, and risk in popular culture
  • The representation of global health issues and the globalization of disease in popular discourses

 

Proposals should be 250-300 words.

 

Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website.

Individuals must be current, paid members to submit to the conference.

 

 

Area Chair:

Dr. Carol-Ann Farkas

Professor of English

School of Arts and Sciences

MCPHS University

179 Longwood Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

Email: carol-ann.farkas@mcphs.edu

 

 

 

2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those not registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA

 

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 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

Please check back soon for 2022 conference updates.

 

 

 

 

Area chairs

Nicole Freim