Horror (Text, Media, Culture)

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Accepts undergraduate submissions
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 literature, cinema, television, media, gaming, theory, performance, and other cultural expressions for the 2021 PCA National Conference . The conference runs from June 2-5, 2021. Please be aware that the deadline for proposals is November 16, 2020.


Conference Location:

Boston Marriott Copley Place

110 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02116, USA


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

1)  a title reflecting your argument (or framing concept in case of a panel or roundtable); 

2)  a clear statement of your argument/thesis and/or key research questions; 

3)  an identification of the corpus that will be the focus of your study. 

How to Apply: All paper proposals must be submitted directly through the PCA website: https://pcaaca.org/. If you are organizing a panel of 3-4 speakers, or a roundtable discussion panel of 4-6 participants, please have your panelists submit proposals directly to the PCA website, and contact the Horror Area co-chairs with a panel proposal (identifying the working panel title, the name and contact information for the panel chair, the names of the presenters, and the titles of each paper or discussion). We do welcome undergraduate presenters; for those interested, please contact the area co-chairs (see below) for more information about PCA’s process and to receive a form you must complete designating a sponsor for your paper.


Important: All presenters 1) must be current registered members of the PCA and 2) must register for the conference. Visit the PCA website for more information: https://pcaaca.org/. Once you have a registered account on the PCA website, make sure that you have your university affiliation (if applicable), academic or professional status (undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, independent scholar, etc.), and a short biography statement completed in the “My Account” section of your profile.

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.

Contact: 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/.

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





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

Tiffany A. Bryant

Jim Iaccino