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 2020 PCA/ACA National Convention to be held in Philadelphia. The conference runs from 15 to 18 April, 2020. Please be aware that the deadline for proposals is 24 November, 2019.

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.




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, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Tiffany Bryant, Education Division of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 13, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully  registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

Area chairs

Tiffany Bryant

Jim Iaccino