Rhetoric, Composition, and Popular Culture

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Call for papers: 



Boston, MA

June 2-5, 2021

For information on the Popular Culture Association, please go to  http://www.pcaaca.org


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 2021 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. This year’s conference will be exciting with papers on an enormous array of subjects.

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


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 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 included.


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

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

12-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
12-Oct-20 Early Bird Registration Begins
16-Nov-20 Deadline for Proposals and Endowment Grants
31-Dec-20 Early Bird Registration Ends
01-Jan-21 Regular Registration Begins
31-Jan-21 Regular Registration Ends
01-Feb-21 Late Registration Begins
01-Feb-21  Preliminary Schedule Available
28-Feb-21 Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
01-Mar-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

June 2-5, 2021 

National Conference in Boston


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 31: 100% refund
Requested by Feb 7: 75% refund
Requested by Feb 14: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 21: 25% refund
After Feb. 28: 0% refund

Membership fees are non-refundable.