Religion and Culture

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Call for papers: 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline November 24, 2019.

The Religion and Popular Culture area investigates the intersection of religion and popular 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 Religion and Popular Culture area seeks presentations about:

* Particular ways religion inhabits or informs products of popular culture (literature, film, television, social media, news, comedy, music, fashion, issues, trends and so forth)

* How religions and/or religious people reject, appropriate and otherwise interact with popular culture and its products

* How aspects of popular culture reject, appropriate and otherwise interact with religion and its products

While the area is open to scholarship on any religious tradition or historical era, specificity is preferred over generality.

We look forward to informed discussion of Religion and Popular culture, including presentations that enable participants to think enthusiastically and critically about our topic and what we mean by the categories we employ. However, while social critique and appreciation are a vital part of our intellectual exercise, Religion and Popular Culture panels are not “pulpits” for the promotion of religion or particular religions nor are they platforms from which to rant about religion or particular religions.

You are invited to propose individual papers, a full panel, or a roundtable discussion. Creative alternative formats for presentation are also welcome. If you have any questions or want to sound out ideas, please contact the area chair using the contact link at: https://conference.pcaaca.org/

Pamela Detrixhe
Department of Religion Temple University-Philadelphia

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 13, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
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.

Area chairs