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 
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

Jennifer Burg