This page is devoted to associations of popular culture and individual proposed conferences and calls for papers. Those interested in these topics may wish to also check Film, Gender, and American Art History and Culture topic pages.
Held 20-23 April 2011. PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Joint Conference, Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX. "Panels are now forming for all of the SW/TX PCA/ACA conference's 80+ individual subject areas, including the "American History and Culture" area... The submission deadline for the SW/TX PCA/ACA was December 15, 2010. For the "American History and Culture" area, please e-mail queries and proposals for either individual presentations or full panels to "American History and Culture" Area Chair Kelli Shapiro (Department of American Civilization, Brown University) at (Shapiro@alumni.brown.edu). Full panel submissions need to include 3 or 4 papers. Include a 200-word abstract with a two-part working title (as wellas a CV and contact information) for each potential presenter. Mention the conference or the "American History and Culture" area in the e-mail's subject line.
Held 28-31 October 2010. Crown Plaza Hotel, Alexandria, VA. "The American Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers from interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary perspectives that investigate the actions, influences, and phenomena that have formed American society. Though the field of American Studies may approach American culture from a variety of directions, it focuses on America as a whole; as a result, papers on all facets of American society and/or culture are welcome. SUBMISSIONS: Abstracts and a recent c.v. were due JUNE 30, 2010 to: Brian E. Hack and Caterina Y. Pierre, Area Chairs, 402 Graham Avenue #173, Brooklyn, NY 11211. E-mail submissions are also acceptable and should be sent to both (email@example.com) and to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Held 16 April 24 2011. Presented by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, Winterthur, Delaware. Annual. For more information, please see the Web site.
13-14 October 2011. Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Part of the Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association conference. "The Disability & Popular Culture area of the MPCA invites proposals (or abstracts) for papers on any aspect of the intersection of disability and popular culture. All topics, approaches, and perspectives related to disability and popular culture are welcome. Interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged, as should be 250-300 words in length, and must be received by May 15, 2011...Proposals and inquiries should be sent by e-mail to the Disability & Popular Culture area chair, Asim Ali, at (email@example.com). Note: please do not submit the same item to more than one Area Chair." Please see the conference Web site for more details.
13-14 October 2011. Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Proposals are due 15 May 2011. "The Ethnography & Popular Culture area of the MPCA invites proposals (or abstracts) for papers on any aspect of the intersection of ethnography and popular culture. All topics, approaches, and perspectives related to ethnography and popular culture are welcome. For example, papers may address: ethnographic methods in popular culture studies; popular culture in ethnographic research; and/or the relationship between ethnographic studies and popular culture studies. Papers may include presentations of ethnographic research involving popular culture, and/or address theoretical, methodological, or historical issues related to ethnography and popular culture. Interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged, as are discussions of new directions in ethnographic research and popular culture studies...Proposals and inquiries should be sent by e-mail to the Ethnography & Popular Culture area chair, Asim Ali, at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note: please do not submit the same item to more than one Area Chair.
Held 20-23 April 2011. Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX. "The SW/TX PCA/ ACA invites papers on Comics, Graphic Novels, Popular Culture. Any Aspect of Comics and Graphic Novels in Popular Culture will be considered...Please send title and 25-200 word abstract by Dec 15, 2010.
- Rob Weiner Area Chair: Graphic Novels, Comics, and Popular Culture
- Humanities Librarian Texas Tech University
20-23 October 2011. Baltimore, Maryland. Part of the conference of the American Studies Association. "Please send abstracts as a word or pdf document (between 200-300 words) by the deadline of January 31, 2011 to (email@example.com)." Please see the Web site for much more detail.
Held 28-31 October 2010. Alexandria, VA. For more information, please see the Web site.
13-14 October 2011. Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Proposals are due 15 May 2011. "graduate students can apply for a travel grant to help support their trip to the conference: Information on travel grants for graduate students is available at: (http://mpcaaca.org/about/grants.html)." See the Web site for details including the list of areas and chairs.
Held 28-30 October 2010. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, Georgia. Biennial. "Papers on topics relating to early American and southern material culture are encouraged from Scholars, curators, and graduate students in American studies, southern studies, decorative arts, history, art history and other fields. Subjects with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of material culture are highly encouraged. Proposals will be accepted for individual papers or for panel sessions. Paper proposals must include the author's name, the paper title, a one-page abstract and the author's curriculum vitae. Session proposals must include a chair, list of presenters, cover letter, a one-page summary of the session theme, presenter curriculum vitae, and abstracts for all papers. The deadline for proposals was May 15, 2010. Electronic submissions in MS Word format are preferred. Please send proposals to: (MESDAEducation@oldsalem.org), or via US Mail to:
- Sally Gant
- MESDA Conference on American Material Culture
- 924 South Main Street
- Winston-Salem, NC 27101
11-12 November 2011. Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT. "If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-2 page paper proposal and a one-page vita to both the Program Chair Don Gagnon: (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)." Posted 1 May 2011--no deadline given for this call for papers--if you so inclined, why not give them a try?
Held 27-31 October 2010. Atlanta, Georgia. [See the Web site for more details.]
Held 20-23 April 2011. Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas. "[This conference] is concerned with the aesthetics of popular culture in the everyday world of the past, present and future. Scholars from such disciplines as Architecture, Art History, Fine Art, Industrial Design, and Interior Design are invited to submit proposals. At previous conferences topics have included World Fairs, architectural follies, urban image, Buckminster Fuller, Tadao Ando, urban memory, Disneyland, railroad stations, literary architecture, Vietnamese shop-houses, mobile homes, and the effect of television on home, and clothing design. It is truly a broad arena! The deadline for abstracts was December 15, 2010.
Held 20-23 April 2011. San Antonio, Texas. This appears to be the parent organization from which the many regional and international PCA / ACA organizations. This Web site also carries conference information for these. I will continue to post these calls for papers separately here as they show up on the various list-servs.
12-14 May 2011. Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. First Annual Conference. "We invite proposals for papers and panels (of 3 or 4 papers) from scholars and students working in all areas of popular culture studies. Our definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global). We encourage papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present, which might fit into the above definition. Single paper proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a list of keywords or key phrases (maximum 5), and should be accompanied by a brief biographical note of 100 words or less. Panel proposals should include all of the above information for each presenter, plus a proposed title for the panel and a brief rationale. The deadline for proposals was January 15, 2011. The conference organizers will endeavor to contact all potential participants by mid-February, 2011. Please send proposals to one of the conference co-chairs (copying to the others would be helpful):Nick Baxter-Moore Greg Gillespie Scott Henderson email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (Mailing address for all three: Department of Communication, Popular Culture & Film, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Avenue, St Catharines, ON, L2S 3A1, Canada)
Held 20-23 April 2011. Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX. Submission Deadline was December 15, 2010. See the Web site for details and more information. [Take a look at the various Popular Culture conferences. They offer many different CFPs, not a few of which are relevant to those in the humanities]
(Above left) Progress. By Shepard Fairey. Circa 2008. Derived from a photograph by Mannie Garcia.
The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, PA.