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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

 

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2020————— Submission Page Goes Live

October 5, 2020————–Early Bird Registration Rate Begins

November 1, 2020———–Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications

December 6, 2020———–Early Bird Registration Ends

December 7, 2020 ———-Regular Registration Begins

January 1, 2021————–Regular Registration Ends

January 2, 2021————–Late Registration Begins

January 20, 2021———– Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2021————Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program

February 2, 2021———–Non-Presenters Registration Continues

March 31-April 3, 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. 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.