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Call for papers: 

 

Literature and Madness, PCA/ACA Annual Conference

Boston, MA, 31 March – 3 April 2021

 

The Literature and Madness section of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting 15-20 minute papers for the upcoming year’s annual PCA/ACA conference in Boston, MA, scheduled for 31 March – 3 April 2021.  The deadline for abstract submission is 1 November 2020.

 

Contributors are encouraged to think broadly about either or both terms of “literature” and “madness.”  For instance, madness can be addressed in its contemporary medical forms, as codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or it can be considered in any of the forms it has been assigned in other historical periods.  Likewise, literature can be viewed widely.  Past panels have included analysis of popular and canonical literary works and/or genres, but they have also included analysis of film, opera and musical theatre, song lyrics, instrumental music, single-media and multi-media art, and the cultural and economic conditions surrounding the production, publication, performance, and/or installation of such works.

 

The Literature and Madness section accepts submissions from only faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars.  It does not accept submissions from undergraduate students.

 

Abstracts of 250-300 words must be submitted electronically on the PCA/ACA Web site, through the links and process detailed at https://pcaaca.org/.  Prospective contributors who have questions about submitting an abstract or who encounter difficulty with the electronic links and process on the PCA/ACA Web site should contact the Area Chair for the section:

 

Russ Pottle

Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01602

rpottle@worcester.edu

508.929.8493

 

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2020————— Submission Page Goes Live

October 5, 2020————–Early Bird Registration Rate Begins

November 1, 2020———–Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications

December 6, 2020———–Early Bird Registration Ends

December 7, 2020 ———-Regular Registration Begins

January 1, 2021————–Regular Registration Ends

January 2, 2021————–Late Registration Begins

January 20, 2021———– Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2021————Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program

February 2, 2021———–Non-Presenters Registration Continues

March 31-April 3, 2021—-National Conference in Boston


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.