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Call for papers: 

Romance Area

Conference of the Popular Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

15-18 April 2020 – Philadelphia

Love and Other Scandals

When romance hits the news, it’s often because of scandal. When celebrity romances fall apart, it’s a scandal. When plagiarism in romance fiction is revealed, it’s a scandal. When Married at First Sight contestants form romantic attachments to people who are not their in-show spouses, it’s a scandal. When Kerry Washington has an affair with the president, it’s… well, Scandal.

The theme of the PCA Romance area in 2020 is scandal and crisis in romance and romantic media. We encourage you to define this theme broadly, thinking not simply about specific texts but through them, to the broader discussions in which they are implicated. What are these romantic scandals saying?

Paper topics on this special theme might include:

  • Romantic scandals in celebrity culture (secret babies! surprise engagements!)
  • Major scandals in the romance publishing world (#CopyWriteCris, #CockyGate, the RITA Awards, etc)
  • Scandals in romance novels (in specific texts, or in Romancelandia)
  • Forbidden love in TV and movies (on screen or behind the scenes)
  • Contentious depictions of romance in pre- and post-Hays Code movies
  • The rom-com in crisis: dead or alive?
  • Shipping wars in fandom (eg. Larry Stylinson and One Direction)
  • The endless romantic scandals in soap operas and telenovelas
  • The love triangle (arguably the most scandalously loved and loathed romantic trope!)
  • Taboos and forbidden tropes in popular romance (adultery, anyone?)
  • Scandals in romantic reality TV (The Bachelor, Married at First Sight, Love Island, etc)
  • Romance and scandal in The Philadelphia Story, in honour of the city hosting this year’s conference

If none of these suggestions appeal, or you simply want to pursue your own intellectual passion, you are very welcome to do so. The Romance area invites any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to romance. We would like to emphasise that you do not need to write about romance novels to participate in this area (although that is obviously welcome!). The Romance area is open to engaging with all forms of media and culture that are concerned with romance, including, but not limited to, the following: art; literature; philosophy; radio; film; music; television; comics and graphic novels; videos, webzines and other online storytelling.

We are deeply interested in popular romance both within and outside of mainstream popular culture, now or in the past, anywhere in the world. Scholars, romance writers, romance readers/viewers, and any combination of the three are welcome: you do not need to be an academic to be part of the Romance area.

As we do every year, the Romance area will meet in a special Open Forum to discuss upcoming conferences, work in progress, and the future of the field of Popular Romance Studies. All are welcome to attend. In addition, if you wish to organise a roundtable, special session, or a film screening, please contact the Area Chairs, Jodi McAlister and Heather Schell.

 

Submit 250-word abstracts  by October 1, 2019 through the pcaaca.org website. 

 

Please feel free to forward, cross-post, or link to this call for papers.

If you have any questions at all, please contact the area chairs:

 

Dr. Jodi McAlister

Deakin University

Melbourne, Australia

jodi.mcalister@deakin.edu.au

 

Dr. Heather Schell                                                                                     

George Washington University                                                              

Washington, DC

schellhm@gwu.edu       

 

DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT DATES

October 1, 2019              Early Bird Registration Opens

November 1, 2019          Deadline for Paper Proposals

December 1, 2019          Early Bird Registration ENDS

January 1, 2020               Regular Registration ENDS

January 2, 2020               Late Registration BEGINS—be sure to reserve your spot in the program!

January 15, 2020             Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline

January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Registration for Presenters ENDS—participants who have not registered dropped from the program at the end of the day

FEBRUARY 2, 2020          REGISTRATION SYSTEM CLOSES at Midnight

March 1, 2020                 Non-Presenters Late Registration OPENS

April 15-18, 2020            Philly!

 

                                              

                                                   

Area chairs

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