PCA Education, Teaching, History and Popular Culture CFP

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The Area of Education, Teaching, History and Popular Culture is now accepting submissions for the 2023 Popular Culture Association National Conference to be held April 5-8, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas.


Educators, librarians, archivists, scholars, independent researchers and graduate students are encouraged to apply.  Undergraduates are reminded that there is an entire area devoted to undergraduate presentations in which they should submit: https://pcaaca.org/area/undergraduate-sessions.  Undergraduates who wish to present a paper, panel or round table must do so under the supervision of a faculty sponsor, who must be included in the proposal submission.



Texas: New Gilead or Howdy Arabia?

The state legislature of Texas has recently passed several laws that have deep and troubling impacts when viewed through educational and historical lenses.  However, the state has a long history of exceptionalist practices that serve political means at the expense of the state’s citizens in general, public school students particularly.  As we are meeting in Texas, it is an apt time to focus on discussions around these issues.  Accordingly, this year the “Education” area is seeking proposals that explore topics in this theme.  Suggestions include, but are not limited to, presentations looking at any of the following:

  • Texas House Bill 3979, which bans the teaching of race in classrooms (including mentioning slavery), particularly the use of the 1619 Project, and forbids giving students credit for participating in civic activities;
  • Texas Governor’s application of Texas Family Code 261 declaring any gender-affirming medical treatments to transgender youth as “child abuse” and requiring doctors, nurses, and educators mandated reporters of parents who help save children’s lives by assisting their children as such;
  • Texas Education Code 28.004, written in 1995, mandating abstinence-only sex education, banning the distribution of condoms, and not requiring medical or biological accuracy;
  • Texas School Marshal program encouraging teachers to be armed while teaching;
  • Texas HB 1927 allowing everyone over the age of 21 to carry firearms openly or concealed without license or registration; and/or
  • Texas Curriculum TAC Chapter 113 which does not require teaching civics but does include teaching the value of free market capitalism, Islam as “radical fundamentalism”, and Moses as founding father/the 10 Commandments as a founding document of the United States.



In addition, submissions that explore, connect, contrast, or otherwise address area themes of schooling and education, teaching throughout history (including preparing teachers/preservice teacher education), history, archival studies and/or their linkages to popular culture from all periods are desired.  Sample topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Successful use(s) of popular culture, technology and/or sport(s) in teaching at all levels in all contents;
  • The use of popular culture as an educational tool in addressing systemic discriminations or improving teaching for social justice;
  • How schooling/education has impacted/has been impacted by popular culture;
  • Topics around the community college:  teaching and learning, impactful issues;
  • Representation(s) of teaching and/or schooling in popular culture;
  • Examining popular culture/popular perception of schooling and/or teaching through international/multinational/cross-border lenses;
  • The intersection of schooling, politics, and the media;
  • The role of history/importance of historical foundations in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education;
  • Linkages between archival research and education, schooling, and/or popular culture;
  • How LGBTQ+ studies has impacted/been impacted by schooling/education, particularly problematizing “Don’t Say Gay” education laws;
  • Queering classrooms/queering education;
  • Problematizing technology in education by way of surveillance capitalism, digital colonialism, etc.; and/or
  • Explorations in the impact of social media/corporate America on children.



The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2022.  To be considered, interested individuals should please prepare an abstract of between 100-250 words. Individuals must submit electronically by visiting https://pcaaca.org/conference and following the directions therein.  Please be sure to complete/ensure the accuracy of all presenter information. 


People submitting full panels are encouraged.  Please have a minimum of four presenters in your panel.  Each presenter should submit the abstract of their paper individually.  It is recommended that presenters use an identifier in their paper title to alert the area chair of the panel and/or email the area chair of panel submission.


Decisions will be communicated within approximately two weeks of this deadline.  All presenters must be members of the Popular Culture Association and fully registered for the conference. 


Graduate students are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their completed papers for consideration for conference award: https://pcaaca.org/awards.


Any further inquiries can be directed to:

Dr. Edward Janak

Chair, Department of Educational Studies, University of Toledo

Email: Edward.janak@utoledo.edu

Phone: (419) 530-4114