Literature and Madness, Popular Culture Association, 28-31 March 2018 (1 Oct. 2017)

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2017
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Literature, Film and Film History, Music and Music History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

The Literature and Madness section of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting 15-20 minute papers for the upcoming year’s annual PCA/ACA conference in Indianapolis, IN, scheduled for 28-31 March 2018.  The deadline for abstract submission is 1 October 2017.

Contributors are encouraged to think broadly about either or both terms of “literature” and “madness.”  For instance, madness can be addressed in its contemporary medical forms, as codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or it can be considered in any of the forms it has been assigned in other historical periods.  Likewise, literature can be viewed widely.  Past panels have included analysis of popular and canonical literary works and/or genres, but they have also included analysis of film, opera and musical theatre, song lyrics, instrumental music, single-media and multi-media art, and the cultural and economic conditions surrounding the production, publication, performance, and/or installation of such works.

The Literature and Madness section accepts submissions from faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars.  Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts to the undergraduate sessions offered during the conference.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted electronically on the PCA/ACA Web site, through the links and process detailed at  Prospective contributors who have questions about submitting an abstract or who encounter difficulty with the electronic links and process on the PCA/ACA Web site should contact the Area Chair for the section, Russ Pottle, at

Contact Info: 

Russ Pottle, Ph.D.

Area Chair, Literature and Madness Section of the Popular Culture Association

Dean of the School of Humanities + Social Sciences

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