The American Literature Area of the Popular Culture Association invites submissions for our National Conference, to be held April 15-18, 2020 at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia, PA. The deadline for proposals is rapidly approaching: November 1, 2019 is the last day to submit an abstract.
The area seeks to represent the diversity of American literature and literary studies, and as such accepts presentations about works in any genre(s) of American literature, from the colonial era to the twenty-first century. We welcome a range of critical approaches: For instance, papers may consider literary representations, explore historical implications, offer theoretical readings, examine thematic parallels, or adopt other interpretive paradigms. We also encourage proposals that explore intersections of American literature and popular culture—such as film, music, television, theater, visual arts, and fashion—and those that offer treatments of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and national and individual identity in American literature.
Please submit an abstract of 200-250 words through the PCA submission database at https://conference.pcaaca.org/. Decisions pertaining to the status of proposals will be communicated within two weeks of receipt. To learn more about the organization, visit http://pcaaca.org.
If you would like more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the American Literature Area Chair. Here are relevant dates and deadlines for the PCA 2020 National Conference:
October 1, 2019 Early Bird Registration Opens
November 1, 2019 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment Grants
December 1, 2019 Early Bird Registration ENDS
January 1, 2020 Regular Registration ENDS
January 2, 2020 Late Registration BEGINS
January 15, 2020 Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020 Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2020 Registration for Presenters ENDS—participants who have not registered dropped from the program at the end of the day
February 2, 2020 REGISTRATION SYSTEM CLOSES at Midnight
March 1, 2020 Non-Presenters Late Registration OPENS
Area Chair for American Literature, Popular Culture Association
Associate Professor of English
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue, CM 91
Terre Haute, IN 47803