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Romance Area

Conference of the Popular Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

June 2-5, 2021 – Boston

 

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 2021 is scandal and crisis in romance and romantic media. We encourage you to define this theme broadly, and to think not just 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:

  • The scandal engulfing the Romance Writers of America in late 2019-2020
  • Other major scandals in the romance publishing world (#CopyPasteCris, #CockyGate, #RitasSoWhite, etc)
  • Romantic scandals in celebrity culture (secret babies! surprise engagements!)
  • 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!)
  • Scandals in romantic reality TV (The Bachelor, Married at First Sight, Love Island, etc)
  • Controversial representations of lockdown and quarantine in romantic media

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 engagements with all forms of media and culture that are concerned with romance, including, but not limited to, the following: art; literature; philosophy; radio; film; 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. 

The Area Chairs are also guest-editing a special issue of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies focusing on this theme, so there will be potential publication opportunities arising from the Romance area in 2021.

Submit 250-word abstracts by November 16, 2020.

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

 

If you have any questions as 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                                                      

 

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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area chairs

Jodi McAlister

Heather Schell