American, British, and Canadian Literature: 1800-1999 (Formerly Contemporary Studies)

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Midwestern Popular Culture Association
contact email: 

2021 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference

American, British, and Canadian Literature: 1800-1999
(Formerly Contemporary Studies)

Deadline for submissions: 

April 30, 2021 EXTENDED to June 1, 2021


Dr. Jennifer K Farrell, Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association

contact email (for questions only, submissions must be made through the website):


Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference

Friday-Sunday, October 7-10, 2021
Westin, Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN

The American, British, and Canadian Literature: 1800-1999 area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2021 conference in Minneapolis, MN. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of literature from any of the countries, from 1800-1999 and using any number of methods.  It would be especially exciting to see papers/panels that address more than one country. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • Cross-fertilization of themes, plots, tropes between American, British, and Canadian literature
  • The impact of the Victorians on literature in the colonies
  • The intersections between high society (or really any society) and sex work
  • The representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and class and economics in the literature
  • What is the “canon” versus what was popular during the time period; alternatively, any discussion of canon
  • Forgotten or semi-forgotten authors or works of literature that warrant a new investigation in the 21st century
  • Depictions of “frontier” and frontier life
  • Literature that explores the burgeoning fields of psychology and advertising
  • Literature that explores the themes of “the criminal” and/or “the prison”
  • The rise of the memoir, especially those by women or people of color
  • Examinations of the Industrial Revolution and/or the Frontier
  • Exploration of the shrinking world, especially as it relates to Imperialism

Please submit a paper abstract of 250-300 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper to the "American, British, and Canadian Literature: 1800-1999" area on the MPCA/ACA Submission website ( We strongly encourage pre-constituted panel submissions.

 Deadline for receipt of proposals is June 01, 2021. 

 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 2020. 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.

MEMBERSHIP DUES & REGISTRATION FEES: Membership renewal forms for the 2021 calendar year and 2021 conference registration forms will be available on the website in the coming weeks. All participants must register for the conference. A registration-membership form may be printed from the website at <>.

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

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 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.

COVID-19: The Midwest Popular Culture Association is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.  At this point, we intend for the conference to go ahead as planned in October. Please note that the deadline for registration is September 15. In the event that the conference is moved into a virtual setting, postponed, or canceled, we will notify you with how the organization will respond as soon as possible. Please check the MPCA website or follow MPCA on Twitter or Facebook for the latest information