Religion and Culture

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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.






2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01 Sept-21 Submissions Open 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

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.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Area chairs

Pamela A. Detrixhe