2019 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference, Television Area, 10/10-10/13

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Cory Barker, Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association
contact email: 

CALL FOR PAPERS, ABSTRACTS, AND PANEL PROPOSALS

Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference

Thursday-Sunday, 10-13 October 2019

Cincinnati, OH

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

Address: Hyatt Regency, 151 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Phone: (513) 579-1234

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.

 Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2019.

 Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address of each author/participant. A preliminary version of the schedule will be posted on our website around August 2019. The final version will be distributed in hard copy at the conference.

Special Notes Regarding Proposal Submissions: (1) AV equipment will be rented from the hotel by the Association. The Association does not provide laptops, cords, or speakers.  (2) If necessary, indicate and submit potential scheduling conflicts along with your proposal. (3) If you wish your presentation to be listed as MACA (rather than MPCA), please include this request with your proposal.

 Please plan to attend the entire conference. Panels will run at the following approximate times: Thursday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am -5:30 pm, and Sunday 9:00 am-2:00 pm.  Special events will include game night on Thursday evening, featured speakers and awards ceremony on Friday evening, and a keynote speaker on Saturday evening. These events will be free for conference registrants. Area Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting, which this year will be held on Saturday from 12:30-2:00 and will include a lunch.

MEMBERSHIP DUES & REGISTRATION FEES: Membership renewal forms for the 2019 calendar year and 2019 conference registration forms will be available on the website in the coming weeks. All participants must register for the conference.  Registration is $100 for undergraduate students with ID, $150 for reduced rate members (graduate students with ID, retirees, and unemployed), and $180 for regular members. There will be a $15 late fee for registration on-site or postmarked after September 15, 2019. (This fee is waived for residents of countries other than the USA or Canada.) Payment on-site will be by cash, check, or via credit card on Square. To preregister, send a check anytime to Malynnda Johnson, 200 North Seventh Street Terre Haute, Indiana, USA 47809. Make check payable to Midwest Popular Culture Association. A registration-membership form may be printed from our website at <http://www.mpcaaca.org>.

Day passes will be available for guests of the conference that are not presenting a paper.

A special group rate for a limited block of rooms reserved on a first-come, first-served basis will be secured with the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Check for details at the MPCA website.

Attendees are financially responsible for all costs related to their participation in the conference, e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, registration, membership, etc. Graduate students are invited to apply for competitively awarded travel grants from MPCA/MACA. Details on these grants are available here.

 Cancellation Policy: If you submit a proposal (or if you accept an invitation to appear on a panel), you are promising to attend the conference if your proposal is accepted and you are promising to pay the conference registration fee, the Association membership fee, and a late fee of $15 if applicable. If your proposal is accepted and you do not attend the conference, it is expected that you will (1) notify all members of your panel, your Area Chair, and the MPCA/MACA Executive Secretary (Malynnda Johnson) of your cancellation; (2) provide such notification as early as possible; (3) arrange to have your paper distributed at the panel; (4) arrange for somebody else to carry out any other duties you may have; and (5) pay your membership and registration fees (plus late fee if applicable). If conditions 1-5 are met, you may file a written request, after the conference, for a refund of half your registration fee. For coauthored papers, all authors are welcome and encouraged to attend, but only one author is required to attend.