SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY AREA
Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
17 – 20th April 2019 – Washington, DC
One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2019 national conference to be held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington. 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. The SF/F Area is also interested in featuring science fiction and fantasy writers and poets. Creative writers are welcomed.
The release of the Marvel film Black Panther early in 2018 was a pivotal moment in cinematic history. A special session or sessions is being proposed to explore the impact of the film on both fans and the entertainment industry. Papers on fandom, gender, race/ethnicity, representation and film which explore Black Panther are sought.
The Journey to the Moon
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the film The First Men in the Moon (1919), a roundtable of cinematic depictions of human kind’s attempts to reach our nearest neighbor is being proposed. We are seeking participants for this special roundtable session who will present a short (i.e., 7-8 minutes) example of a film illustrating such a journey in the last hundred years. Please note that participants in round table sessions can also propose a regular paper for this area. Please contact the area chairs to propose for this session.
Film and television have borrowed heavily from other media in the production of SFF. A special session or sessions is being proposed which would explore the phenomena of adaptation from the choice of material, the adaptation process, the reception and the influence of adaptations on the original source material.
When proposing for one of these special sessions, please clearly indicate this in the text of your proposal and contact the area chairs at email@example.com to ensure that your paper is considered for the appropriate session.
Submission Guidelines: Completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, or creative writing and 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 www.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php and submissions made at http://ncp.pcaaca.org .
Submissions can be made on the site after July 1, 2018.
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)
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. 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 proposal will be acknowledged within 2 days of its receipt, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status no later than 15th October 2018. Please be aware that acknowledgement of receipt does not automatically denote acceptance. Deadlines for submission are firm, and we cannot accept any papers made after the deadline. Earlier submission is appreciated.
Please, do not simultaneously submit to multiple areas. Doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs and will result in your paper being refused. 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 October 2018
Each year 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! This year’s movie will be fantasy film – The Hobbit (animated – 1977). The screening will be Friday night. Fundraising supports area activities and 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: https://pcasff.wordpress.com/paper-awards/ . 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 1 December 2018. Check the PCA website https://pcaaca.org/resources/applying-pca-endowment-travel-grants for more information.
Hope to see you in Washington!
PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chairs
Gillian I Leitch, Sherry Ginn, and Heather M Porter
Direct all enquiries to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 please 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 December 1st; make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. The number of reserved rate hotel rooms is limited.
Please consult our handy guide for proposing here: