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PCA Science & Popular Culture CFP

The Science & Popular Culture Area of the PCA/ACA welcomes papers, panels, and round tables for the upcoming conference in Philadelphia, PA April 15-18, 2020.

With the integral place of science in Western and global society as well as the proliferation of science and technology across all media, it is more important than ever to examine what popular culture tells us about science. Studying science in popular culture is essential to understanding how scientific ideas are utilized, explored, critiqued and sometimes exploited outside of their formal contexts and how popular audiences understand science itself. General fascination with science has even created a popular culture niche of its own, giving rise to new engagements with scientific knowledge, practice, and technologies. Together with the Journal of Science & Popular Culture, this conference area seeks to stimulate and produce new investigations into the interrelationship of science and society.

Proposals should be 100-250 words in length. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Representations of science/scientists in television, film, art, print, and other media
  • The cultural influence of science/influences of culture on science and scientists
  • Use of popular culture texts (novels, films, television series, etc.) to argue for or against scientific theories such as evolution and climate change
  • Internet culture and science
  • Science-related cultural artefacts
  • Scientists as celebrities/celebrity advocates of science
  • Science communication, popularization and education
  • Non-Western cultures and Science
  • Intersections of science and the humanities
  • Use of science in advertising and marketing
  • Science fiction/science and fiction
  • The artistic dimensions of science/science as art
  • Critical examinations of scientifically framed popular beliefs and pseudoscience
  • Public and popular dimensions of scientific debates
  • Moments of conflict between scientific discoveries/knowledge/work and culture
  • Science fandom

 

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2019                 Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 1, 2019           Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 1, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 15, 2020             Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2020             Presenter Registration Deadline – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Registration ends for presenters at midnight.
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

steven-gil-7582

bill-lott-8249