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Religion and Culture

Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference

June 2-5, 2021



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


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



2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
11-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available

June 2-5, 2021 

Virtual Conference


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.












Area chairs

Pamela A. Detrixhe