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Call for Papers
April 15, 2020 to April 18, 2020
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies

Animation Division


Call for Proposals:  Sessions, Panels, Papers





Downtown Philadelphia Marriot

Wednesday, April 15, to Saturday, April 18, 2020

For information on PCA/ACA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org


For conference information, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/


DEADLINE:  November 1, 2019


Come join some of the finest animation academics and working professionals in Philadelphia 2020!


We are considering proposals for sessions organized around a theme, special panels, and/or individual papers.  Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. Working professionals, scholars, educators, and graduate students are all encouraged to submit.


Proposals which consider the diversity of animation in relation to popular culture are welcomed. Possible themes for papers/panels include but are not restricted to:

Animated adaptations, comics and animation, propaganda, public information, advertising, animated television series, animation for education, animation history, animation aesthetics, gender issues, animation studios, online animation, comedy, documentary, South Park, Adult Swim, the work of Matt Groening, CGI/animated special effects, anime, or any aspect of animation production.


Screening times are made available to view your source material, as well as to screen new animation that you create. We also host nightly screenings and end the week with an all-animation dinner.


Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and contact telephone number) to http://conference.pcaaca.org.



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Travel and research grants are available: http://pcaaca.org/grants/


Panel proposals of 4 speakers and/or discussion panels of 4-6 participants each are also encouraged.


Please include the following:


Panel Title

Name and contact information for the Panel Chair

Titles and abstracts of each paper

Contact information for each presenter


All presenters must be members of the PCA and must register for the conference.


Here is the schedule of deadlines and pertinent dates:


1 August                     Database Opens for Submissions

1 October                    Early Bird Registration Opens

1 November                Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment Grants

1 December                 Early Bird Registration Rate Ends

1 January                     Regular Registration Ends

2 January                     Late Registration Begins

15 January 2020          Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline

20 January 2020          Preliminary Program Available

1 February 2020          Registration Ends: Participants Not Registered Removed from Program at end of the day

2 February 2020          Registration System closes at MIDNIGHT

1 March 2020              Non-presenters Registration opens

17-20 April 2019        Washington, D.C.!


Please send all inquiries to co-chairs:


David S. Silverman, Ph.D.

Kansas Wesleyan University

Salina, KS 67401

(785) 833-4389





Peter Chanthanakone

University of Iowa


Contact Info: 

David S. Silverman, Ph.D.

Kansas Wesleyan University

Salina, KS 67401

(785) 833-4389





Peter Chanthanakone

University of Iowa


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