Adolescence in Film and Television (March 28-31, 2018; Proposals due October 1, 2017)

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Popular Culture and American Culture Association
contact email: 

The Adolescence in Film and Television Area invites paper proposals for presentation at the annual Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, to be held March 28-31, 2018 in Indianapolis. The official deadline for online submission of presentation abstracts (see below for additional information) is October 1, 2017.

Submissions that explore noteworthy coverage patterns, representations, and themes pertaining to the portrayal of adolescence/adolescents in film and television, during any historical era, are desired from scholars, educators, and students at all levels. 

Possible topics of relevance include, but are certainly not limited to, advertising images and appeals, coming-of-age narratives, drug use, HIV/AIDS, juvenile delinquency, nerd culture, non-heterosexuality, otherness, premarital sex, product placement, queerness (broadly defined), violence and social aggression, and (losing one’s) virginity.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (including presentation title). Submit your abstract online at (and be certain to select the “Adolescence in Film and Television” subject area when doing so).

Decisions pertaining to the status of submitted abstracts will be communicated within two weeks of receipt. If you have questions of any kind prior to submitting your abstract, please contact Kylo-Patrick Hart, the Adolescence in Film and Television Area chair, by e-mail (