Rhetoric, Composition, and Popular Culture

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Call for papers: 



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


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.


Please check back soon for 2022 conference updates.





Area chairs

Jennifer Burg