CFP Literature and Madness, PCA/ACA 2020 in Philadelphia, PA

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November 1, 2019
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Psychology, Popular Culture Studies, Film and Film History, Cultural History / Studies

Proposal Deadline: 1 November 2019

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 Philadelphia, PA, scheduled for 15-18 April 2020.  The deadline for abstract submission is 1 November 2019.

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.

Please observe the following dates in planning your submission and conference attendance:


August 1, 2019                          PCA/ACA Submission Page Goes Live (

October 1, 2019                         Early Bird Registration Opens

November 1, 2019                    Deadline for Paper Proposals

December 1, 2019                    Early Bird Registration ENDS

January 1, 2020                         Regular Registration ENDS

January 2, 2020                          Late Registration BEGINS—be sure to reserve your spot in the program!

January 20, 2020                       Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020                       Registration for Presenters ENDS—participants who have not registered will be dropped from the program at the end of the day; LAST DAY FOR REFUNDS

FEBRUARY 2, 2020                    REGISTRATION SYSTEM CLOSES at Midnight

March 1, 2020                            Non-Presenters Late Registration OPENS

April 15-18, 2020                              Conference in Philadelphia

Contact Info: 

Russ Pottle

Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01602


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