2018 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference, Television Area 10/4/-10/7

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Cory Barker, Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association
contact email: 

***DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 5/15/2018***


Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 October 2018

Indianapolis, IN

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

Address: Hyatt Regency, 1 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis IN 46204

Phone: (317) 632-1234

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2018 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • The recent proliferation of unbundled "over the top" services like HBO Now, CBS All-Access, and Sling TV and the industry panic over cord cutting, cord-nevers, etc.
  • The impact of online distribution and streaming and the rise of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon as producers of original programming
  • The intersections between television and social media
  • The representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and class and economics in television programming
  • The sheer number of new scripted series, colloquially referred to as "Peak TV"
  • The "return" of miniseries and event series programming
  • The role of remakes, reboots, spin-offs, adaptations, and franchises
  • The trends in less "quality" genres and formats: talk shows, soap operas, morning TV

Please submit a paper abstract of 250 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper to the "Television" area on the MPCA/ACA Submission website (submissions.mpcaaca.org). We strongly encourage pre-constituted panel submissions. Please know that you will need to register to the website in order to submit a proposal. Please do not submit the same item to more than one Area. The extended deadline for proposal submissions is May 15, 2018. 

Include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address of each author/participant. You must specify any AV and any special scheduling needs with your proposal. MPCA/ACA can provide an LCD projector for presentations.

If you have any questions about submissions to the Television area, please contact area chair Cory Barker at barkerc@indiana.edu.

Further information about the conference and the Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association is available at: http://www.mpcaaca.org.

Please note the availability of graduate student travel grants: http://mpcaaca.org/about/grants.html.