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




2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
11-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available

June 2-5, 2021 

Virtual Conference


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.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.












Area chairs

Tiffany A. Bryant

Jim Iaccino