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Call for papers: 

Women’s Studies Area

Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference

June 2-5, 2021


You must be a current, paid member of the PCA for 2020-21 in order to submit a Proposal.

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, to be held virtually, from  June 2-5, 2021.  Anyone who was accepted for the cancelled 2020 Philadelphia PCA/ACA may resubmit their paper for consideration. 

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


Special Topic: Susan Faludi

We welcome papers and panels for a 2021 special topic area within Women’s Studies on the impact, influence, and legacy of annual conference speaker Susan Faludi’s scholarship. 


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.

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.

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


For more information contact co-chairs:

Amanda Jo Hobson, amanda.hobson@indstate.edu, 812-237-3818

Kathy Mason, mason@findlay.edu, 419-434-4756



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
11-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available

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 Jo Hobson

Kathy Mason