CFP: The Southern Gothic area at PCAS/ ACAS 2022

Stephanie Graves's picture
June 15, 2022
Louisiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies


Submission deadline: June 1, 2022 Notification of acceptance by July 1, 2022


Despite the difficulty in defining what exactly the Southern Gothic is, it nevertheless is one of the most prominent ways the South is represented in media and culture. From Flannery O’Connor to The Originals, Truman Capote to True Detective, and William Faulkner to The Walking Dead, whether categorized as a form, a style, or a genre, the Southern Gothic is bound up with regional cultural anxieties regarding shifting discourses of race, class, gender, sexuality, and geographic identity itself. From its most stereotypical depictions to more nuanced, complex interpretations, the Southern Gothic shapes the wider perception of regional identities in ways that invite our contemporary scholarly engagement.

To this end, the Southern Gothic area of the Popular Culture / American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ ACAS) invites proposals for individual presentations, roundtable discussions, or full panels of 3-4 papers at the 2022 PCAS/ ACAS Annual Conference, to be held October 13 - 15, 2022 in New Orleans, LA.

Topics might include (but are in no way limited to):

  • the Southern Gothic in film, TV, and literature
  • adaptation(s) of Southern Gothic literature
  • the Southern Gothic in new media (games, podcasts, graphic novels, etc.)
  • the emergence of “Southern noir” as a subgenre
  • race, class, gender, and/ or sexuality in the Southern Gothic
  • Southern true crime as a cultural phenomenon
  • documentary and the Southern Gothic
  • Global elements of/ approaches to the Southern Gothic
  • Southern Gothic tourism
  • monsters in the Southern Gothic: vampires, zombies, ghosts, etc.
  • mental health narratives in the Southern Gothic
  • specificity—or generality—in Southern Gothic geographies
  • the Southern Gothic in popular music
  • pedagogical approaches to/ uses of the Southern Gothic
  • the spectre of history in the Southern Gothic
  • sites of intersection between the Southern Gothic and other genres/ modes

PCAS/ ACAS is dedicated to working toward equity, diversity, and inclusion both within our organization and in academia at large. As such, we encourage submissions by underrepresented and marginalized scholars based upon race, gender, sexuality, and employment status (e.g., graduate students and non-tenure track or unaffiliated/independent scholars).

To propose a presentation (of 20 minutes or less) or a roundtable discussion for the Southern Gothic Area, please send the following to Area Chair Stephanie Graves at by June 1:

  • Name of presenter(s), institutional affiliation (if any), & email address for each presenter
  • Type of submission (individual paper, roundtable, or full panel)
  • Presentation abstract (250 words or fewer)
  • Indication if you need access to A/V (not all rooms have A/V available)

Submission deadline is June 1, 2022; notifications of acceptance will be sent by July 1, 2022.


NOTE: In order to be considered for the Southern Gothic Area, please follow the instructions above rather than submitting through the PCAS/ ACAS website.

Everyone is invited to submit one academic paper and can, in addition, participate in a round-table discussion or creative session. Only those proposals intended for the Southern Gothic area should be submitted as outlined above; the PCAS/ ACAS website has an online submission form for the General Call.

Contact Info: 

To submit a proposal (or if you have questions) please email Stephanie Graves, Area Chair, at