Vampire Studies (2019 PCA/ACA National Conference)

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Lisa Nevarez and U. Melissa Anyiwo/Popular Culture Association
contact email: 

The co-chairs of the PCA/ACA Vampire Studies area are soliciting papers, presentations, panels and roundtable discussions which cover any aspect of the Vampire for the Annual National Joint Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference to be held in Washington, DC from April 17-20, 2019. We are particularly interested in papers, presentations, and panels that cover:

● The vampire on television (i.e. The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Strain)

● Recent vampire films, such as Byzantium, Only Lovers Left Alive, What We Do in the Shadows, and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

● Fan studies and vampires

● Vampire lifestyles and subculture (including Vampire RPGs or other gaming universes)

● Vampires and erotica

● The international vampire

● Genres such as gothic horror, urban fantasy, steampunk, young adult

● The fraught relationship between vampires and werewolves (and/or other monstrous beings)

● Teaching with vampires

● The glorious return of the Vampire Lestat and the legacy of Anne Rice

● The 20th anniversary of the premiere of Angel

● The 200th anniversary of the publication of John Polidori’s The Vampyre

● And anything and everything in between!

Visit past programs of the PCA/ACA conference to see what has been covered during recent conferences.

To have your proposal/abstract considered for presentation, please submit your proposal/abstract of approximately 250 words at  Complete panel proposals of 3-4 people are also welcomed, as are proposals for roundtable discussions with two or more featured speakers and a moderator.

The deadline for proposals/abstracts is October 1, 2018.

If you have questions, contact us at  Also follow us on Twitter @pca_vampires or join our Facebook group Vampire Scholars.