Vampire Studies (2020 PCA/ACA national conference)

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2019
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 that cover any aspect of the Vampire for the Annual National Popular Culture Association Conference to be held in Philadelphia, PA from April 15-18, 2020. 

As this year’s conference takes place in Philadelphia, home of the Rosenbach Library and the working notes of Bram Stoker, this year’s central theme is the legacy of Dracula. As well, we are particularly interested in papers, presentations, and panels that cover:

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula in popular cultures

  • The vampire on legacy television shows (i.e. Dark Shadows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Moonlight, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals)

  • The vampire on recent television shows (i.e. What We Do In the Shadows, From Dusk Till Dawn, Castlevania)

  • Legacy Cinematic vampires (i.e. Nosferatu, Interview with the Vampire, Near Dark, Twilight etc.)

  • Recent Cinematic Vampires (i.e. Carmilla, Hotel Transylvania, the Transfiguration, Therapy for the Vampire etc.)

  • The Non-Western Vampire (i.e. Korean, Chinese, Latino/a/x, African)

  • Vampire Cultures and Contexts (i.e. vampire RPGs or other gaming universes, fan studies, graphic novels)

  • Vampires and the Marginalized (i.e. race, gender, sexualities, national origin)

  • Genres such as Gothic Horror, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult, Erotica, Comedy

  • The relationship between vampires and zombies or werewolves and/or other monstrous beings

  • Vampire studies (i.e. the vampire in the classroom, vampire scholarship)

  • Historic and contemporary vampiric locations and geographies (i.e. cemeteries, castles, cities)

And anything and everything in between!

To have your proposal/abstract considered for presentation, please submit your proposal/abstract of approximately 250 words at the Popular Culture Association Website. We also welcome complete panel proposals of 3-4 people.

The deadline for proposals/abstracts is November 1, 2019. to see examples of papers from recent PCA conferences. 

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