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Call for papers: 

THIS AREA also ACCEPTS PROPOSALS FROM UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS. 

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 November 24, 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 

 

  

 

 

                                                   

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 10, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference


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. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

Area chairs

jodi-mcalister-9551

heather-schell-7636