Horror (Text, Media, Culture)

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Accepts undergraduate submissions

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, interactive events, and culture.

Topics for consideration may include, but are not limited to: adaptations; analysis of a horror creator (e.g., writer, illustrator, director); audience reception; body horror; classic horror cinema; cryptozoology; cultural representation; digital horror; disability studies approaches to horror; ecohorror; ethnicity representation; film studies approaches to horror; folk horror; horror gaming (e.g., board games, role-playing games, video games); gender, sex, and sexuality representations; historicized approaches to horror; international horror; literary horror; monsters and the monstrous; paranormal and supernatural narratives; horror in the performing arts; philosophy and horror; psychology and horror; race and horror; religion and horror; slasher storytelling; sound and horror (e.g., audio stories/podcasts, scores, sound effects, soundtracks); teaching horror in learning environments; theory (e.g., abjection, the uncanny); transmedia horror; visual design in horror (e.g., costuming, special effects); visual horror media (e.g., comics, graphic novels, webtoons).

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

All paper proposals should be submitted directly through the PCA website. 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 your presenters. Otherwise, proposals will be arranged into panel sessions based on critical, disciplinary, or thematic connectivity.


We 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.


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/.


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.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Horror Area Co-Chairs: James Iaccino, Associate Professor in Online Forensic Psychology Program, 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.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

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Area chairs

Tiffany A. Bryant

Jim Iaccino