PCA/ACA

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SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY AREA

Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

June 2-5, 2021 – Boston, MA

 

One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2021 national conference to be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the approval / guidance of their professors).

 

PCA/ACA SF/F welcomes any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F:  art; literature; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games.  

 

Submission Guidelines:  In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, 250-word proposals for individual papers should be submitted through the PCA website and only through the PCA website. If you wish to submit a panel for the conference, all presenters must submit individually through the website, and then notify the Area Chairs of the intention to present together. Please do not include panel colleagues on the electronic submission as this confuses the program.

 

Submissions can be made on the site after 12 August 2020.

 

The document should contain the following information in this order:

 

  • Name of presenter—indicate main contact person if submitting a multi-authored paper
  • Institutional affiliation—if applicable
  • Name and contact information of Supervising professor—undergraduates only
  • Address(es), telephone number(s), and current email address(es) of presenter(s)
  • Title of paper – we understand that paper titles may change between submission and presentation, but the topic of the presentation should not change
  • 250-word proposal(s)

 

The proposal will be acknowledged within 2 days of its receipt, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status no later than 16 November 2020.  Please be aware that acknowledgement of receipt does not automatically denote acceptance.  Deadlines for submission are firm, and we cannot accept any papers made after the deadline.  Earlier submission is appreciated.  Be sure to read all correspondence from us and from PCA thoroughly as important information with respect to registration, scheduling, accommodations, etc. is provided via email. Note that you must pay your PCA membership dues when submitting a proposal for the conference. Registration fees must be paid in advance, by 28 February 2021, in order to be included in the program. You may not register on site.

Please, do not simultaneously submit proposals to multiple areas. Doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs and will result in your paper being refused. Per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. If you try to submit to two areas, the master program will not accept your proposals (which may result in your paper not being accepted in either area).

Submission Deadline:  16 November 2020

Each year the SF/F Area hosts a fundraising event that includes a film, snacks, and a prize raffle of DVDs, novels, academic books, action figures, etc.—thousands of dollars in merchandise. Come enjoy the food, friendship, and fun! This year’s movie will be a science fiction film, The Philadelphia Experiment. Fundraising supports area activities and a cash award to the best student paper. Beginning in 2021 we will institute two new awards: student travel and junior faculty / independent scholar travel.  More details about these awards can be found at the area’s website: www.pcasff.wordpress.com. We do accept donations of items for the raffle, so if your shelves are starting to bulge under all of your SF/F memorabilia, ask yourself if you really need 3 Thor action figures. If not, then donate that stuff to us.

 

Please be aware that the PCA offers several (highly competitive) travel bursaries and deadlines for them are 16 November 2020.  Check the PCA website www.pcaaca.org for more information.

 

Hope to see you in Boston!

 

PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chairs           

 

Gillian I Leitch, Sherry Ginn and Heather M Porter

Direct all enquiries to our email address. Gillian responds to email via this address:   pcasff@gmail.com

 

NOTE: While the PCA/ACA welcomes fresh approaches to subjects, serious commitment to scholarship and to presenting at the conference is expected.

 

Please note that this is a professional conference and once you are accepted, your presentation becomes integral to the success of the event.  If you must cancel, please notify the Area Chairs of your withdrawal as soon as you know.  Failure to do so will impact future opportunities to present at this conference.

 

Next year’s conference will commence early Wednesday morning. Be advised that your panel will be assigned a time randomly by the master scheduler. We cannot change the schedule after it is completed, so please ensure that you will be able to attend the entire conference before you submit your proposal. In other words, clear your schedule from Wednesday through Saturday. We will notify you of your exact presentation time as soon as we can, but the final program is not likely to be completed before the end of February 2021. You have to register for the conference by 28 February 2021, otherwise your paper will be dropped from the schedule.  Make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. The number of reserved rate hotel rooms is limited; you can always cancel a reservation (by the date dictated by the hotel) but you cannot make a reservation after the room block is full.

 

Please consult our handy guide for proposing here.

 

Submission Guidelines Science Fiction and Fantasy Area: Undergraduate Students

 

Proposals for individual papers should be submitted through the PCA website and only through the PCA website. The document should be created in Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, and contain no more than 250 words.  

Submissions can be made on the PCA site after 12 August 2020. The submission deadline is 16 November 2020. The proposal will be acknowledged within 2 days of its receipt; acknowledgement of receipt does not automatically denote acceptance. You will be notified of the submission’s status, whether it is accepted or not, no later than 30 November 2020.  Deadlines for submission are firm, and we cannot accept any papers made after the deadline.  Earlier submission is appreciated.  Be sure to read all correspondence from us and from PCA thoroughly as important information with respect to registration, scheduling, accommodations, etc. is provided via email. Note that you must pay your PCA membership dues before the system will accept your proposal.  Conference registration fees must be paid by February 28, 2021 in order to be included in the program. You may not register on site. [Note that if your parent(s) or friend(s) wants to attend your presentation, they will have to pay the registration fee for the conference.]

 

Your proposal should contain the following information. Be ready with all of this information when you submit.

 

  • Name of presenter—indicate main contact person if submitting a multi-authored paper
  • Institutional affiliation along with the name and contact information of your supervising professor—you cannot present in the SFF area at the conference without a sponsoring professor. Your professor—or your professor’s delegate— should attend the conference and attend your presentation.
  • Address(es), telephone number(s), and current email address(es) of presenter(s) – this should be your school email address which you check regularly. This is the address we will use to correspond with you.
  • Title of paper – we understand that paper titles may change between submission and presentation, but the topic of the presentation should not change without our express permission.
  • 250-word proposal

 

General Issues of Conduct with Respect to Undergraduate Presentations

PCA is a professional organization of scholars at differing points in their career trajectory. The accent is on professional and anyone who presents at the national conference, or at any of the regional conferences, is expected to adhere to rigid professional standards of scholarship, research, and integrity.  The PCA board is currently writing a Code of Conduct which will be in place for the 2020 conference in Philadelphia. The following are just some of the guidelines by which any presenter at the conference is expected to comply.

 

  • Professional dress is expected, i.e., no cosplay, shorts, flip-flops. We do not expect suits and ties for men or women, but we do expect “business casual” for presentations.
  • Professional language is expected. No profanity should be used in either a presentation (unless as a direct quote) or the Q&A following a presentation. Questions to panelists should be made in a respectful tone and, under no circumstances, should a presenter be threatened or verbally abused/challenged by a member of the audience. We do not all agree with everything we hear at the conference, but the organization supports the free speech of presenters and audience members. No attendee has the right to intimidate another attendee and no attendee should ever feel threatened or made to feel uncomfortable in any way. Do not talk during presentations. If you must speak on your phone, step outside the room to do so. Leave quietly.
  • Professional ethical standards are expected. You certify when you present that you are presenting your own work and any help you received with your research is acknowledged. You are expected to be on time for your panel, to be prepared for your presentation, and to remain for the entirety of your panel. Preparation includes (1) timing your presentation prior to arrival to ensure that it fits into the 15-minutes allotted to the presentation, (2) arriving early to verify that any and all media needed for the presentation work properly, (3) paying attention to your fellow panelists’ presentations, and (4) respecting the questions and comments made by the audience members.

 

You will be required to sign this document to indicate that you have read these guidelines and that you will adhere to them. No undergraduate student will be allowed to present at the conference if their information is not on file with the organization. Failure to comply with these guidelines means that you will not be allowed to present in the future.

 

 

 

 

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 Grant Applications
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

Gillian I Leitch

Sherry Ginn

Heather M. Porter