Rhetoric, Composition, and Popular Culture

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Abstracts of papers and/or panel proposals dealing with any topics at the intersections of rhetoric, composition and
American or popular culture are welcome for the 2022 PCA National Conference. The PCA is highly regarded in
academe with over 5,000 academic oral presentations given internationally, two top-tier journals (The Journal of
American Culture
and Journal of Popular Culture), and over 3,000 members.  Recent past sessions for the Rhetoric,
Composition & Popular Culture Area have included papers/panels titled: 


  • I’ve Been Preoccupied of Late with Questions of Rhetoric: Teaching Rhetorical Strategies with Marvel’s Daredevil 
  • An Analysis of Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Technique in the Post 2020 Election: The Firehose of Falsehood
  • Constructing a Philosophical Instagram Post
  • The Un-Made Man: Rhetorics of Humiliation and Shame in Competitive Game Shows
  • More Than A Brainy Broad: Princess Shuri of Black Panther as a STEM Role Model
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Saves the World: Using Celebrity in the Classroom to Teach Climate Change
  • “You have to look up”: Teaching Visual Rhetoric Through Monuments and Memorials
  • Fragments and Fanfiction: Building Democratic Learning Communities in First-Year Writing Classrooms
  • Confronting Attitudes About Death: A Linguistic Analysis of Hospice-Care Documents
  •  On Female Empowerment and Kairos in Game of Thrones
  • The Discourse of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
  • Dangerous Rhetorics of Romance in “Paradise”: Masculinity, Femininity, and Dating on New Reality Television
  • Strange Ethos: How the Smart but Strange Ethos of Fictional Scientists Engenders Mistrust 

Submissions must include

  • your proposal’s title
  • an abstract of no more than 350 words
  • a short 50-word bio

Submissions missing any of the above elements will be returned.
Please review your name, affiliation, title, and abstract for correct spelling and grammar.

If you wish to propose a panel with multiple papers, each presenter must submit an individual paper to the online system, with a note in the abstract that it is part of a panel, and listing the names of all co-panelists. Then the organizer should email rhetcomppca@gmail.com stating intent to present on a panel, with names of all panelists

If you wish to propose a roundtable, screening, or other presentation, email rhetcomppca@gmail.com directly before submitting to the database.

All presenters must be members of the PCA and must register for the conference.

Questions? Please contact:
Jennifer Richardson Burg, PhD
Area Chair for Rhetoric, Composition and Popular Culture at the PCA 


2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


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 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

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Conference Code of Conduct



Area chairs

Jennifer Burg