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Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference

June 2-5, 2021


The Television Area for PCA/ACA seeks to investigate television itself as a medium, the content of television, and the relationships between television and consumers across all genres (scripted and unscripted), time periods, and cultures of television.

  • How do we define reality and realism on television?
  • How do reality and fiction tap into each other to create their narratives?
  • How do televisual texts work, and what is their relationship with their intended (or unintended) audiences?
  • How do we define our lives, relationships, and our self-knowledge according to the images provided by the medium of television?
  • Have we been socialized, at least in part by television, to be merely consumers?
  • How does television represent or modify economic, institutional, and cultural norms?
  • In today’s evolving television landscapes, which players hold power?
  • How is streaming television affecting the production landscape, representation, and consumption?

Proposal may address these queries, or explore new ones. All theoretical viewpoints and methodologies are welcome, as well as international and intercultural perspectives and practitioner contributions.


Individual submissions are accepted in the form of an abstract of no more than 250 words and should be uploaded using http://conference.pcaaca.org


For panel submissions, each presenter should submit an abstract separately, and the panel chair should include— along with their abstract— the title of the panel, a 50-word summary of the panel focus, and the names of the individual panelists.



Please contact the Area Chairs with any questions or concerns:


Note: Individuals must be current, paid members to submit to the conference.



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

Amanda McClain

Candice D Roberts