A Message From the President Regarding PCA Membership
PCA Members:

Here we are at the end of July, and the summer of 2020 is half over. Those of us at the Popular Culture Association, disappointed that we had to cancel our April conference due to COVID-19, are busy preparing for our fiftieth-anniversary conference in Boston in 2021. The virus has turned the world upside down, giving us many new popular culture issues to explore and discuss. We are living in an unsettled time, and popular culture has always been at the site of struggle. Our 2021 conference promises to be stimulating, and we look forward to seeing you.

On August 5, our submission site for proposals will open. Our VP for Area Chairs, David Silverman, has been updating our areas to reflect the changing culture, and area chairs are awaiting your proposals. Our membership and registration rates remain unchanged from last year, and many of you have opted to roll over your paid registration from the canceled Philadelphia conference to Boston. Our rates continue to be the best deal in academia. Note, though, that in order to be consistent with other academic associations, your membership must be paid upon submission of your proposal. Your membership fees keep our offices open all year long so that the PCA staff can prepare for the conference and summer research institute, administer grants, attend to all legal requirements to maintain our status as a non-profit organization, and serve our members with any services they need. A small portion of the membership fee also goes toward your subscription to The Journal of Popular Culture or The Journal of American Culture , both of which are published by Wiley and highly respected in their fields.

The 2021 conference is shaping up. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Susan Faludi, best known for her ground-breaking work in feminist issues, is already signed as one of our keynote speakers. Also, Michigan State University professor Gary Hoppenstand, who specializes in genre and narrative studies in popular fiction, comics and graphic novels, and popular electronic media, will be accepting the Bartholome Eminent Scholar Award and giving an address. You won’t want to miss these distinguished speakers or the opportunity to visit Boston, one of America’s most vibrant cities. Stay tuned for other surprises as well.

I invite you to check out the PCA website next week, submit your proposal, and make plans to join us for a fabulous conference in spring in Boston.

All the best,

Kathy Merlock Jackson
President, PCA
Seeking Area Chairs for the 2020-2021 Year
Area Chair Positions available for:

Ecology & Culture
Popular History in American Culture
Indian Culture, Art & Media

If you are interested in an area chair position, please send your CV to VP for Area Chairs, David Silverman at david.silverman@kwu.edu by Monday, August 3, 2020.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Attendance at two out of the last four national conferences (this may include an acceptance to the canceled 2020 Philadelphia conference)
  • Expertise in the Area
  • Previous presentation in the area at the National Conference
Conference Website Coming August 5
Our website will be updated for the 2021 conference year on August 5. After this date, you will be able to submit your proposals, apply for travel grants, and reserve your hotel room. Please bookmark the site and check back often, as we will continue to update it throughout the year.
Important Dates and Deadlines for the 2021 Conference
August 1, 2020————— Submission Page Goes Live
October 5, 2020————–Early Bird Registration Rate Begins
November 1, 2020———–Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
December 6, 2020———–Early Bird Registration Ends
December 7, 2020 ———-Regular Registration Begins
January 1, 2021————–Regular Registration Ends
January 2, 2021————–Late Registration Begins
January 20, 2021———– Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2021————Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm:
Non-registrants Dropped from Program
February 2, 2021———–-Non-Presenters Registration Continues
March 31-April 3, 2021—-National Conference in Boston