Call for Papers, PCA National Conference 2015


Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

1 – 4 April 2015 – New Orleans, LA


One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2015 national conference to be held at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).


PCA/ACA SF/F welcomes any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F:  art; literature; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games. Though not at all an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following:


General Topics


  • Fans and Fandom/Community Building
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Class and Hierarchies
  • Hybridity and Liminality
  • Utopia/Dystopia
  • Audience Reception
  • Translation Issues
  • Cross-Media Texts
  • Regeneration—Moving Narratives from One Medium to Another
  • Language and Rhetoric
  • Genre—Space Opera, Dark Fantasy, etc.
  • Franchising Narratives
  • Intertexuality
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Textual Analysis
  • Sociological or Psychological Readings
  • Archival Research
  • Technology—Textual and Literal
  • Pedagogy—Teaching Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Online Identity Construction
  • Use of Music and Silence
  • Visual, Spatial, and Design Elements
  • Mythology and Quest Narratives
  • Steampunk/Cyberpunk
  • Auteurs (such as Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, etc)          



The SF/F Area is also interested in featuring science fiction and fantasy writers and poets. Creative writers are welcomed.


In conjunction with the Philosophy and Popular Culture Area, the SF/F Area seeks papers for two panels for 2015:  “When Science (Fiction) Outpaces Ethics,” and “When Fantasy Outpaces Ethics.”  Please contact our area at or Philosophy at for more information, or to signal that your submission to the PCA website should be considered for these panels.


Submission Guidelines:  In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, or creative writing readings should be submitted through the PCA website and only through the PCA website. If you wish to submit a panel for the conference, all presenters must submit individually through the website, and then notify the Area Chairs of your intentions to present together. Please do not include panel colleagues on the electronic submission as this confuses the program.  Instructions for submission can be found at and submissions made at . The document should contain the following information in this order:


  • Name of presenter—indicate main contact person if submitting a multi-authored paper
  • Institutional affiliation—if applicable
  • Name and contact information of Supervising professor—undergraduates only
  • Address(es), telephone number(s), and current email address(es) of presenter(s)
  • Title of paper
  • Completed paper(s) or 250-word proposal(s)—if submitting a workshop, please specifically indicate what those in attendance will gain


Roundtables and special sessions can only be created by Area Chairs—if you wish to organize one of these sessions, please contact the Area Chairs who will create the event for you in the schedule. Note that beginning with the 2015 conference, ALL areas are limited in the number of roundtables that can be held. If you wish to propose one, then do so as soon as possible.

The paper proposal will be acknowledged within 2 days of its receipt, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status no later than 15 December 2014.


Please, do not simultaneously submit the same proposal to multiple areas. Doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs. Per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. If you try to submit to two areas, the master program will not accept your proposals (which may result in your paper not being accepted in either area).



Submission Deadline:  1 November 2014


Each year after the last conference panel on Saturday evening, the SF/F Area hosts a fundraising event that includes a film, snacks, and a prize raffle of DVDs, novels, academic books, etc.—thousands of dollars in merchandise. Come enjoy the food, friendship, and fun! Location TBA; film The Swamp Thing. Fundraising supports area activities and, beginning with the 2011 conference, awards to the two best papers, graduate student and professional. The Student Award includes a cash prize. More details about these awards can be found at the area’s website: We do accept donations of items for the raffle, so if your shelves are starting to bulge under all of your SF/F memorabilia, ask yourself if you really need 3 Thor action figures. If not, then donate that stuff to us.


Please be aware that the PCA offers several (highly competitive) travel bursaries and deadlines for them are the 7 January 2015.  Check the PCA website for more information.



Hope to see you in New Orleans!


PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chairs


Dr. Gillian I Leitch

Independent Scholar                                                               Dr. Sherry Ginn

23 Blvd Mont-Bleu, #1                                                            Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Gatineau, QC                                                                          1531 Trinity Church Rd

Canada J8Z 1H9                                                                      Concord, NC 28110   USA



Direct all enquiries to our email address:                    


NOTE: While the PCA/ACA welcomes fresh approaches to subjects, we also appreciate serious commitment to scholarship and to presenting at the conference.


Please note that this is a professional conference and once you are accepted, your presentation becomes integral to the success of the event.  If you must cancel, please notify the Area Chairs of your withdrawal as soon as you know.  Failure to do so will impact future opportunities to present at this conference.


Next year’s conference will commence early Wednesday morning. Be advised that your panel will be assigned a time randomly by the master scheduler. We cannot change the schedule after it is completed, so do ensure that you will be able to attend the entire conference before you submit your proposal. In other words, clear your schedule from Wednesday through Saturday. We will notify you of your exact presentation time as soon as we can, but know that the program is not likely to be completed before 1 February. Make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. New Orleans is a popular destination and we will sell out the room block early.



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