Call for Papers: Black Popular Culture-Special Topics PCA/ACA (2020 National Conference, April 15-18/ Philadelphia, PA)

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
contact email: 

Call for Papers: Black Popular Culture-Special Topics

PCA/ACA (2020 National Conference, April 15-18/ Philadelphia, PA) Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association


The focus of this special topics area is to critically examine the definitions and development of Black Popular Culture from the early beginning of minstrelsy performances to the images and people we come in contact with on a daily basis—especially those images that are reflected in American media. Paper/panel presentations will draw upon theories and concepts in media studies, cultural studies, and discussions pertaining to the construct of Black popular cultural texts within (but not limited to) television programming, Black Comics, content produced for digital distribution (e.g., Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube), Films, Black Exploitation films, literature, music, poetry (spoken word), and fashion (style).


All paper topics will be considered. Please submit an abstract online of no more than 250 words to: http:/



Deadline for proposal submissions is November 1, 2019.


For conference information, please go to


Please send all inquiries to:


David L. Moody, Ph.D.

Area Chair/ Black Popular Culture-Special Topics

Lake Erie College

121 College Hall

Painesville, OH 44077

(440) 375-7178








October 1, 2019          Early Bird Registration Opens

November 1, 2019     Deadline for Paper Proposals

December 1, 2019       Early Bird Registration ENDS

January 1, 2020           Regular Registration ENDS

January 2, 2020           Late Registration BEGINS—be sure to reserve your spot in                           the program!

January 15, 2020         Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline

January 20, 2020         Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020       Registration for Presenters ENDS—participants who have not registered dropped from the program at the end of the day. 

February 2, 2020         REGISTRATION SYSTEM CLOSES at Midnight

March 1, 2020             Non-Presenters Late Registration OPENS

April 15-18, 2020       National Conference


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.


Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:

Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund

Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund

Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund

Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund

After Feb. 1: 0% refund


Membership fees are not refundable.