Westerns and the West

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Call for papers: 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Westerns and the West​

Annual National Popular Culture Association Conference

Philadelphia, PA April 15-18, 2020

The area Westerns and the West values a variety of approaches to the exploration of America’s frontier heritage and mythology.


Topics range from Westerns as novels, films, and television shows to historical, ethnic and racial, musical, and gender studies of the Old West.  Panelists have also included contemporary themes, such as studying the environment of the modern ranches or exploring other film subgenres as outgrowths of the Western.  Several researchers have expressed an interest in Westerns and Western items for children as well as rodeo studies as part of popular culture.  Generally, the Westerns panels as a whole reflect a balanced study of fact and fiction, a variety of genres, and inclusion of diverse cultures populating the frontier.


Please submit an abstract of about 150 words to identify the focus of your research.  Specific details will enable me to place your paper on an appropriate panel.  Do include your name, college affiliation, address, email, and other relevant contact information for my use.


I will notify you of acceptance within two weeks of receiving your proposal so that you can apply to another area if needed.  In late December, I will then send panelists a complete outline of the Westerns panels to enable presenters to view each panel as a unit, rather than as a random collection of presenters.


2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 13, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
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

Helen M. Lewis