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Accepts undergraduate submissions

Undergraduate students are invited to submit a proposal for presentation at the 2022 Popular Culture Association National Conference. Presentation proposals should consist of a 250-to-350 word abstract or summary of your presentation topic which can include any topic as long as it covers some aspect of popular culture, American culture, or international culture.


If you are an undergraduate student, this is the primary subject area for undergraduate student proposals. There are a limited number of other subject areas that also accept undergraduate student proposals so if you prefer to submit to another subject area that may offer less peer-support, check out the call for proposals for that subject area to see if it accepts undergraduate student submissions. Regardless of subject area, all undergraduate students must have a faculty advisor who sponsors their proposal and will be attending the conference with them.


Active membership in the PCA is required to submit a proposal. For information about becoming a PCA member or renewing a PCA membership, please go to: https://pcaaca.org/conference/membership


For any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark Rubinfeld: mrubinfeld@westminstercollege.edu


In submitting your proposal, you will be asked to include the name and contact information of your faculty advisor who will be attending the conference with you.


Before submitting that information, please be sure that your faculty advisor has seen and agreed to the instructions below for faculty advisors.


Instructions for Faculty Advisors with Undergraduate Students Submitting Proposals for Presentation at the PCA National Conference:


If you are sponsoring three or more undergraduate students submitting presentation proposals, I will need to assign them to an undergraduate panel of students from your school with you or your designee serving as the session chair of that panel. To process your students’ proposals, be sure to have each of your students individually submit their proposals through the conference electronic submission site following all the instructions on that site. (I cannot accept any group submissions; each student on your panel needs to individually submit their individual proposal through the conference electronic submission site.)


After you have confirmed with your students that they have all successfully submitted their proposals, please send me a separate e-mail with the name of your school; the names of the students on your panel; the name of the person who will be serving as the session chair of your panel (either yourself or your designee); and a proposed title for your panel so I’ll know to assign your students to your panel with you or your designee serving as the session chair. (I cannot proceed to process your students’ individual submissions or assign them to their Undergraduate Sessions panel until I have received the email from you with all of the above information.)


If you are sponsoring one or two students submitting a presentation proposal, be sure to have that student or those students individually submit their proposals through the conference electronic submission site following all the instructions on that site. After you have confirmed with your student or students that they have successfully submitted their proposals, please send me a separate email with the name of the one or two undergraduate students that you are advising from your school, your contact information, and if interested and available, whether you would be willing to serve as the session chair of the panel that I assign them to. (If you aren’t available to serve as the session chair, I will assign them to an Undergraduate Sessions panel with another session chair.


2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01 Sept-21 Submissions Open 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

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.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Area chairs

Mark Rubinfeld

Kristjane Nordmeyer