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Law and Popular Culture Area: Call for Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers

Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association 2020 Joint National Conference

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

April 15-18 2020

For information on PCA/ACA, please go to htttp://www.pcaaca.org


For conference information, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/


Deadline to submit proposals: November 1, 2019


We invite papers and presentations on all aspects of law and popular culture, including but not limited to: representations of the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and current cases and controversies, in popular culture; pop culture depictions of civil and criminal law, including representations of federal, state, and local law enforcement; images of law and outlaws in film, and television, including “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood,” “Stranger Things,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Godless,” and any other film or series; images of law and outlaws in music, especially papers that comparatively examine the way different musicians or genres depict law and justice. We welcome submissions on all historical, interdisciplinary, and contemporary topics related to representations of the justice system and legal practice, including work in the field of law and literature. Scholars, educators, legal professionals, and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals on any topic in law and popular culture.


Submit your paper or presentation proposal to https://conference.pcaaca.org/

The proposal should include an abstract of more than 250 words, and complete contact information (name, presenter’s institutional affiliation, and e-mail address).


If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Peknik at ppeknik@berklee.edu.


2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                 Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 1, 2019           Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 1, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 15, 2020             Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2020             Presenter Registration Deadline – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Registration ends for presenters at midnight.
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.

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