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The co-chairs of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Women’s Studies area invites submissions for individual papers and for complete panels for its forthcoming national conference, from April 13-16, 2022. You must be a member of the PCA to submit a Proposal.


We welcome papers and panels on any facet of popular culture relating to the study of women and gender as well as topics related to issues of feminism, feminist theory, and feminist popular culture.  We are particularly interested in papers and panels that include but are not limited to the following topics:


  • Women’s participation in, and creation of, literary works and print culture
  • Women’s involvement as consumers and producers of film and television culture, and representations of women within television and film
  • Women as the subjects of, audiences for, and responders to advertising
  • Women’s engagement with popular music, as artists, consumers, and fans
  • Women’s engagement with social media and their work as bloggers and cultural critics
  • Women’s roles in protest movements and their influence on popular culture
  • Representation and portrayal of feminism in film, literature, and television
  • The impact of #MeToo and sexual and gender violence


Undergraduate Student Submissions

At this time, the Women’s Studies area is not able to accept submissions from undergraduate students, but please check back in the future and, in the meantime, submit to one of the areas that is accepting undergraduate submissions.


Submission Requirements

To have your proposal/abstract considered for presentation, please submit your proposal/abstract of approximately 250 words and a 50-word biography through the Popular Culture Association Conference Website.  We also welcome complete panel proposals of 3-4 people. All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference in compliance with deadlines established by PCA.


Visit www.pcaaca.org to see examples of papers from recent PCA conferences.


For more information contact co-chairs:

Kathy Mason, [email protected], 419-434-4756




2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


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. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal. 






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