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Romance Area

Conference of the Popular Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

June 2-5, 2021

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.

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

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-May-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

June 2-5, 2021 

Virtual Conference

 

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.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area chairs

Jodi McAlister

Heather Schell