Southern Literature and Culture

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference
contact email: 

2021 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference

Southern Literature and Culture

Deadline for submissions:

June 1, 2021

Dr. Ashley Goulder, 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

Topics may include but are not limited to: 


--Southern food studies 

--Slavery and the American South; slave narratives 

--Civil War narratives 

--Civil Rights narratives; explorations of race and conflict 

--Southern religion and literature 

--Ecocriticism and the landscape of Southern writing 

--Regionalist writers of the American South 

--Explorations of the Southern worker 

--The plantation novel 

--Changing conceptions of Southern aristocracy in literature 

--Southern women writers 

--Southern travel writing 

--Southern children’s literature 

--Cross-cultural exchanges between the South and other geographic areas 

--Native American literature of the South 

--Stories of immigration / migration and border-crossings 

--Contemporary preconceptions of "The South" 

--Contemporary literacy and writing programs of the American South 

--Studies of works by canonical Southern authors such as Twain, Welty, and Faulkner 

--Studies of works by lesser-known Southern writers 


Please submit a paper abstract of 250-300 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper to the “Southern Literature and Culture” area on the MPCA/ACA Submission website ( We strongly encourage pre-constituted panel submissions.

Deadline for receipt of proposals is June 1, 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. More information can be found at