Motherhood/Fatherhood & Popular Culture

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Call for papers: 

Motherhood/Fatherhood & Popular Culture

Please join us for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2020 National Conference in Philadelphia from April 15-18, 2020.

For details about the PCA, go to the website:  https://pcaaca.org/     

For details about the conference, go to the conference website: https://pcaaca.org/conference

Submission Deadline:  November 1, 2019

All Proposals & Abstracts must be submitted online (starting August 1) at:  https://pcaaca.org/     



I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the PCA Area Motherhood/Fatherhood on any aspect of motherhood and/or fatherhood in popular culture.  Scholars, educators, artists, filmmakers and others are encouraged to submit your work for consideration. You can submit an individual paper for a panel, or you can submit papers as a group to create a special panel on a particular topic of interest. Panels are each an hour and a half long, usually with four papers per panel.  Presentations should be about 15 minutes long, to ensure time for discussion at the end of the session.

Possible topics to consider include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • TV shows, including talk shows, family dramas, sitcoms, and animation
  • print and electronic journalism, including magazines and gossip rags
  • film (documentary and narrative)
  • music
  • politics, including the impact of the Trump presidency (or other political leaders) on motherhood and fatherhood
  • reproductive technologies
  • law and policy; maternal and paternal activism/organizations
  • celebrity culture
  • internet and digital technologies, including blogging, online “mompreneurship,” parenting apps
  • advertising and marketing
  • visual art including photography, scrapbooking, mixed media
  • graphic fiction/memoir
  • best-selling literatures including mommy lit, momoirs, and dadlit
  • pregnancy manuals and “expert” parenting guides/literature

Abstracts and panel proposals (200-250 words) will be accepted and must be submitted online at: https://pcaaca.org/

Please submit your abstract with a full presentation title, along with full contact information (name, institutional affiliation, email, address, and phone number).

If you are submitting a panel, please include the following:

  • Panel title
  • Names and contact information for all panel participants, indicating the panel chair
  • Titles and abstracts for each paper



August 1, 2019          Submission Page Goes Live
October 1, 2019         Early Bird Registration Opens
November 1, 2019       Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment Grants
December 1, 2019       Early Bird Registration ENDS
January 1, 2020           Regular Registration ENDS
January 2, 2020           Late Registration BEGINS
January 15, 2020        Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020        Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2020         Registration for Presenters ENDS—participants who have not registered dropped from the program at the end of the day
February 2, 2020        REGISTRATION SYSTEM CLOSES FOR PRESENTERS at Midnight 



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.


Please send all inquiries to:

Dr. Kathryn Pallister

Communications Studies

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada


Area chairs