CFP: 2020 PCA "Educaton, Teaching, History, and Popular Culture"

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July 8, 2019 to November 1, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Composition & Rhetoric, Area Studies, Digital Humanities, Humanities, Ethnic History / Studies

Popular Cultural Association: Education, Teaching, History & Popular Culture

Call for Papers


The Area of Education, Teaching, History and Popular Culture is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Popular Culture Association National Conference to be held April 15 – 18 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (  For detailed information please see


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:


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 and/or sport(s) in teaching at all levels in all contents;
  • How schooling/education has impacted/has been impacted by popular culture;
  • Representation(s) of teaching and/or schooling in popular culture through history;
  • International/multinational/cross-border lenses through which popular culture/popular perception of schooling and/or teaching can be viewed;
  • The intersection of schooling, politics, and the media;
  • Debating whether there can, in fact, be a form of “popular” culture today;
  • The role of history in education, teaching, or preservice teacher education;
  • The importance of/re-integration of historical foundations into teacher education;
  • Linkages between archival research and education, schooling, and/or popular culture;
  • How LGBTQ+ studies has impacted/been impacted by schooling/education;
  • Queering classrooms/queering education;
  • Tapping into (or resisting) popular technology/social media to improve education;
  • Explorations in the impact of social media/corporate America on children; and/or
  • Exploring the intersections of social media, social identity and education.


To be considered, interested individuals should please prepare an abstract of between 100-250 words. Individuals must submit electronically by visiting and following the directions therein.  Please be sure to complete/ensure the accuracy of all presenter information. 

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for proposals and endowment grants is November 1, 2019.


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. 


PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for “Early Bird” registration is December 1, 2019; the deadline to register for the conference (else be removed from the program) is February 1, 2020.


Graduate students are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their completed papers for consideration for conference award:


PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline for consideration for awards is January 15, 2020.


Any further inquiries can be directed to:

Dr. Edward Janak

Chair, Department of Educational Studies


Phone: (419) 530-4114


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Edward Janak, University of Toledo

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