Popular Culture/American Culture CFP

11 Aug 2015 10:10 AM | Anonymous member



Papers, Lec/Dems, Panels, Roundtables, Film Screenings,

and other formats welcome

“Dance and Culture” Area of the annual joint conference of the

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

The Seattle Sheraton

Seattle, WA

March 21-25, 2016

Area Chairs: Jen Atkins and Celeste Fraser Delgado

Proposals are accepted online only via http://pcaaca.org/

Detailed instructions to submit your abstract to the Dance and Culture area are available here: http://pcaaca.org/national-conference-2/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-conference/

Final deadline for proposals is October 1, 2015

The “Dance and Culture” area of the national PCA/ACA solicits proposals on all areas of dance and culture in North & South America and/or on popular culture worldwide.  All methods of inquiry are welcome.  However, given the interdisciplinary / multidisciplinary membership of the associations, participants are encouraged to consider interdisciplinary connections of their research, 21st century innovations in the field of dance, and the diverse interests of their potential audience. 

The national PCA/ACA sponsors an annual convention at which papers, presentations, and activities in all areas of American culture and of world popular culture are explored.  The four-day conference includes formal scholarly panels, roundtable discussions on important topics, film showings, keynote addresses and receptions, and an exhibition hall of publishers and acquisition editors.  Last year the conference drew more than 2,000 participants and registrants, and it featured more than 500 interdisciplinary panels.

In the past ten years, the Dance and Culture area has directly sponsored or co-sponsored 10 to 15 panels over the four-day conference. Topic areas that have been represented include explorations of the role of dance and the dancing body in new and emerging technologies; representations in film, television, and media; cultural, political and social commentary; popular music; gender studies; maintenance, evolution, and transmittal of traditional dance forms around the globe; identity and the body; burlesque; flash mobs; raves and festivals; online arts communities and social networking; urban and rural environments; health and healing; advertising; and new directions in the performing arts in the 21st century. Performance proposals are also welcome.

To submit a proposal online, please have the following information ready to input:

  • Title(s) [for group:  panel title if more than one presentation or paper is included in proposal, as well as each individual title]
  • Name(s) of participant(s) as they want them displayed in the conference program book, including institutional affiliation or listing as an independent scholar
  • Short bio/background of each participant (not more than about 50 words)
  • Full contact information for each participant (mailing address and email – email is essential, as most conference information is communicated by email and online)
  • Abstract of paper or panel or session (not more than 250 words)
  • Format (e.g., individual paper of about 20 minutes, panel of 3 or 4 papers, roundtable discussion, lecture/demonstration, etc.):
  • AV Needs:  IMPORTANT!  The conference organizers provide ONLY a DVD Player and TV display/monitor in each of the presentation rooms.  Internet may be available but the associations ask us to have a back up plan in case the connection speed is slow or interrupted.  Talk to your campus IT staff for further clarification of how to connect a laptop to this equipment if you intend to bring yours.  MAC users:  you need to bring your own adapter.  International visitors:  If you burn a DVD, you should ensure that Region 1 coding or Region 0 is chosen.
  • Special space needs, if any.

Presenters may deliver only one forma paper, but they may also participate as a panel chair, discussant, or respondent.  If you are interested in assisting in an additional capacity, please email Celeste Fraser Delgado (cfraserdelgado@barry.edu) or Jen Atkins (jatkins@fsu.edu).  All presenters must be members of either the Popular Culture Association (PCA) or the American Culture Association (ACA) in the year that they participate. 

Submissions by the final deadline will receive responses by November 1.  Please check your online PCA-ACA account (created when submitting your abstract) for information on whether or proposal has been accepted.  You MUST be available to attend all four days of the conference; special scheduling requests cannot be accommodated.  To appear in the printed conference program book, the associations require that you pre-register for the conference.  Discounted registration rates available until November 15, 2015 (last date to register is December 15, 2015).

Full conference information, including registration, local arrangements, tentative conference program (when acceptances are sent), and information on the associations, can be found at http://pcaaca.org/national-conference.

Awards for Graduate Students and International Participants:  The two associations sponsor a small number of competitive awards for graduate students and international presenters from any discipline who are presenting at the annual convention.  More information is available at: http://pcaaca.org/journal-awards.

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