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2020 PCA Internet Culture: CALL FOR PAPERS 


CALL FOR PAPERS: PCA 2020 National Conference in Philadelphia, PA
(April 15th – 18th)


The Internet Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association invites proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative format presentations for the 2020 National Conference in Philadelphia, PA, April 15th to the 18th. Proposals should explore Internet Culture as it relates to popular culture including, but not limited to:

* Social Media

* Mobility

* Apps/Applications

* Digital Marketing

* The Internet & Social Change

* Participatory Culture & the Internet

* Internet Celebrity & Fame

* Cross Media Convergence

* Memes, Trends, & Viral Culture

* Creative Industries

* Digital Distribution, Technology, & Ownership

* Specific Sites (Snapchat, Reddit, 4Chan, etc.)

* Local, Global, & Glocal Internet Culture

* Web Development & Design

* History, Present State, & Future of the Internet

Submit a 250-word proposal to the PCA Database at https://pcaaca.org/conference. Please note that there is an additional mandatory form for supplementary information. The form is located at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PH4x0WLkdWsaupgb9bXMHLRVWle791truO5a4zPxvDc/edit?ts=5b36e3c9. Only those who submit both the proposal and the supplementary information form will be considered for inclusion for the Internet Culture area.


While we recognize that many areas of the PCA/ACA conference deal with issues related to the Internet and Internet culture, the goals of the Internet Culture area are (1) to explore aspects of popular culture that are inherently tied to the Internet, new media communications, emerging technologies, social media, and related areas and (2) to create an interactive environment by embracing the changing nature of conference interactivity to include social media.


The deadline for submission is November 24, 2019.


Please send all inquiries to both:


Colin Helb, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Communications

Elizabethtown College






Mary Beth Ray, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Communications & Media Studies

Plymouth State University





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

Mary Beth Ray

Colin Helb