Horror (Text, Media, Culture)

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Call for papers: 


The Horror Area co‐chairs of the Popular Culture Association invite interested scholars to submit proposals for papers or complete panels on any aspect of horror in fiction, cinema, television, gaming, theory and culture for the 2019 PCA/ACA National Convention to be held in Washington, D.C. The conference runs from 17 to 20 April, 2019. Please be aware that the deadline for proposals is 1 October, 2018.

Proposals for single papers and panels should be 100 to 250 words and must include the following:

  •  a title reflecting your argument (or framing concept in case of a panel or roundtable);
  • a clear statement of your argument/thesis and/or key research questions;
  • an identification of the corpus that will be the focus of your study.

SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: All paper proposals should be submitted directly to the PCA/ACA website: https://pcaaca.org. If you are organizing a panel of 4 speakers, or a roundtable discussion panel of 4-6 participants, please have your panelists submit proposals directly to the PCA/ACA website, and contact the Horror Area Co-Chairs with a panel proposal identifying your presenters.

Key Dates:
Oct. 1, 2018 -‐‐ Deadline for abstract proposals
Nov. 15, 2018 -‐‐ “Early Bird” registration deadline
Dec. 15, 2018 -‐‐ Last day to register for the conference and remain in the program Jan. 3, 2019 -‐‐ Final program published online

Please send all queries to Jim Iaccino (jiaccino@thechicagoschool.edu) and Tiffany Bryant (tiffanyashleybryant@gmail.com). Visit the Horror Area Facebook page for continuous updates and for information on special panels, roundtables, and other information: https://www.facebook.com/Horror-Area-PCAACA-135221416580042/

Submitting the same or various proposals to different subject areas of the PCA is not allowed. Presenters are, however, permitted to submit proposals for both a roundtable discussion and a panel presentation.
Acceptance of your paper obligates you to present the paper at the conference. You must also be present at the conference to present your own work—no “readings by proxy” are allowed.

Important: All presenters 1) must be registered members of the PCA or ACA and 2) must register for the conference. Information on how to access membership and registration forms will be sent to you upon acceptance of your presentation. Or, go now to the PCA/ACA website: http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/national.php.


We look forward to hearing from you!
Horror Area Co-Chairs:
James Iaccino, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Tiffany Bryant, Education Division of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

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