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 2023 PCA National Conference. The mission of the PCA/ACA is to promote the study of popular culture throughout the world through the establishment and promotion of conferences, publications, and discussion.


Recent past sessions for the Rhetoric, Composition and Popular Culture Area have included papers or 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
  • The Un-Made Man: Rhetorics of Humiliation and Shame in Competitive Game Shows
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Saves the World: Using Celebrity in the Composition 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
  • On Female Empowerment and Kairos in Game of Thrones
  • The Discourse of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
  • Technologies of Inscription and Erasure: Graffiti as a Multimodal Rhetorical and Literacy Arena
  • Cancel Culture and the Redefining of Popularity as Disruptive Rhetorical Action
  • Rhetoric for the Modern Audience: Comedy as a Vehicle for Social Change in Bo Burnham’s Inside
  • 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


Proposal Deadline: November 30, 2022

Proposals can only be submitted online at https://pcaaca.org/conference/2023


Submissions must include

  • a title
  • an abstract of no more than 350 words
  • a short 50-word bio about you

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 full panel with multiple papers and presenters:

each presenter must submit their 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 [email protected] stating intent to present on a panel, with names of all panelists included.


If you wish to propose a roundtable, screening, or other presentation, email [email protected] directly before submitting to the database.


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

Questions? Please contact:

Jennifer Richardson Burg, PhD

[email protected]

Area Chair for Rhetoric, Composition and Popular Culture at the PCA/ACA


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.