CFP: UPDATE--Papers on Civil War and Reconstruction for the Popular / American Culture Virtual Conference June 2-5, 2021

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
Popular Culture Studies, Military History, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Literature

Popular Culture/American Culture Associations

National Conference 2021

Virtual Conference


The American Civil War and Reconstruction


June 2 - 5, 2021


The Civil War and Reconstruction Area of the Popular Culture /American Culture Association is calling for papers on the American Civil War and Reconstruction for its national meeting, June 2-5, 2021 (Wednesday through Saturday), online in virtual format.  Papers are welcome from a range of disciplines, and may explore any topic or "reading" of the War.  Past presentations have included such diverse subject areas as journals and letters, literature, photography, art, newspapers and journalistic history, counterfactual history, battle reenactments, music, Civil War politics, battle narratives, guerilla warfare, film, historiographical issues, women's narratives, women in combat, war games, secession politics, African-Americans at war, Veterans’ organizations, modern pop culture, battlefield preservation, and material culture.  Suggested special topics for this year could include New England intellectuals and the morality of war or of slavery, Quakers and other pacifists in wartime, Northern Women in War, Confederate History, the Rhetoric of Secession, monuments and memory, Abolitionists and their response to the War, and the popular cultural legacy of the War.


Acceptance of your paper obligates you to “appear” and make an oral presentation.  Sessions run for ninety minutes, and each presenter receives fifteen minutes to present, depending on the number of papers in each panel.  Please plan to stay within this time limit.  Graduate students are especially welcome to submit proposals—as are undergraduates, with a sponsor.  Whole panel proposals are also welcome.


Please send an abstract of 100-250 words to:

Dr. Randal Allred,

52 East 2075 South

Orem, UT 84058

phone (808) 277-0397.


Deadline:  February 28, 2021


When you submit, do THREE things:


1.  Join the PCA/ACA, if you are not currently a member. A page will pop up before you may submit.  Individuals must be current, paid members to submit to the conference.


2.  Please submit your proposal online at  If you sent a proposal that was accepted for last year, and wish to submit the same for this year, there will be a button for doing that, after you log in, which says “RESUBMIT 2020 PRESENTATION.”


3. Please also send me a copy of your proposal via e-mail.  Be sure to include in your proposal your mailing address, school affiliation, faculty rank, e-mail, and telephone number. Note if you are a grad student or an independent scholar.     



2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20       Submission Page Goes Live

28-Feb-21       Deadline for Proposal Submission

31-Mar-21       Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program

01-Apr-21        Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

11-Apr-21         Preliminary Schedule Available

JUNE 2-5, 2021          NATIONAL CONFERENCE online


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.


Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:

Requested by Feb 1: 100% refund

Requested by Feb 7: 75% refund

Requested by Feb 14: 50% refund

Requested by Feb. 21: 25% refund

After Feb. 28: 0% refund

Membership fees are non-refundable.



Contact Info: 

Dr. Randal Allred,

52 East 2075 South

Orem, UT 84058

phone (808) 277-0397.

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