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

[email protected]

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






2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


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. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal. 






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