CFP: Medievalism in Popular Culture - PCA/ACA Chicago (04/16-19/2014); Deadline: November 1, 2013

full name / name of organization: 
Christina Francis, Medieval Area Chair, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
contact email: 

The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area accepts papers on all topics that either explore popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, etc. For this year's conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:

1) Representations of Vikings and/or Nordic mythology
2) Medieval Minutiae โ€“ appearances of medievalism in unexpected places and unexpected ways
3) Tolkein's The Hobbit and its adaptations โ€“ by next year we will have seen two of the three adapted films by Peter Jackson
4) Humor and Medievalism
5) Adaptations of Dante's Divine Comedy
6) New Entries in the Arthurian World
7) Merlin and/or Other Magic Practitioners

If your topic idea does not fit into any of these categories, please feel free to submit your proposal as well. I would like to encourage as much participation as possible, and depending on submissions, I may rearrange the topic groupings.

PCA/ACA 2014 National Conference
April 16 - 19, 2014 โ€“ Chicago, Illinois
Marriott Chicago, Downtown Magnificent Mile

All papers will be included in sessions with four presenters each, so plan to present on your topic for no more than 15 minutes, inclusive of any audio or visual materials.

Submission requirements:

Please submit a title and an abstract of 100-250 words to All submissions must be directed to the online database. Be sure to indicate whatever audio/visual needs you may have. Traditionally, all rooms at the PCA/ACA conference provide a projection screen with sound capability. Presenters are required to bring their own laptops and any special connectors.

Deadline for submission: November 1st

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christina Francis at

Contact Information:
Christina Francis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Medieval Literature
English Department
Bloomsburg University
400 E. Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Phone: (570) 389-4661
Fax: (570) 389-3006