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Religion and Culture

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Religion and Culture

Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference

June 2-5, 2021
Boston Marriott Copley Place

110 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02116, US

 

The Religion and Culture area of the PCA hosts presentations that explore the intersections of religion and popular culture and/or religion in “American” culture. “Religion” here is broadly defined to include official, vernacular, explicit and implicit forms, sacred texts and spaces, practices and performances, identities, materials and more.

The area is open to scholarship on any religious tradition or historical era.

We look forward to informed discussion of Religion and Popular culture from a variety of perspectives, including presentations that enable participants to think enthusiastically and critically about our topic and what we mean by the categories we employ.

For example, we seek presentations that investigate:

  • Religion as it relates with current events and pressing issues (e.g. racial, gender, and other social justice issues, Covid-19 and other challenges to public and private health, local and planetary environmental challenges, etc.).
  • Particular ways “religion” inhabits or informs products of popular or American culture (e.g., literature, film, television, social media, news, comedy, music, fashion, issues, trends, politics, activism, social policy, and so forth),
  • How particular religions and/or religious people reject, appropriate and otherwise interact with popular or American culture and its products,
  • How aspects of popular or American culture reject, appropriate and otherwise interact with religion and its products,

You are invited to propose individual papers, a full panel, or a roundtable discussion. Presentations may include “reports from the field.” Your abstract should be between 300 and 500 words and carefully proofread. Please keep in mind your abstract will be in the online program. Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website. Individuals must be current, paid members to submit a proposal to the conference.

 

Please contact the area chair if you have any questions, want to sound out ideas, or propose an alternative presentation format. We look forward to your contributions to the field.

Pamela Detrixhe
Department of Religion

Central Michigan University

Mapaca4pam@gmail.com

Religion and Popular and/or American Culture PCA/MAPACA Facebook Page.

 

 

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

12-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
12-Oct-20 Early Bird Registration Begins
16-Nov-20 Deadline for Proposals and Endowment Grant Applications
31-Dec-20 Early Bird Registration Ends
01-Jan-21 Regular Registration Begins
31-Jan-21 Regular Registration Ends
01-Feb-21 Late Registration Begins
01-Feb-21  Preliminary Schedule Available
28-Feb-21 Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
01-Mar-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

June 2-5, 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. 31: 100% refund
Requested by Feb 7: 75% refund
Requested by Feb 14: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 21: 25% refund
After Feb. 28: 0% refund

Membership fees are non-refundable.