CFP: Rhetoric, Composition and Popular Culture Area of the PCA/ACA

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
contact email: 



For information on the Popular Culture Association as well as complete and current conference details, see

Abstracts of papers and/or panel proposals dealing with any topics at the intersections of rhetoric, composition, and American or popular culture are welcome for the 2023 PCA National Conference. The mission of the PCA/ACA is to promote the study of popular culture throughout the world through the establishment and promotion of conferences, publications, and discussion.

Recent past sessions for the Rhetoric, Composition and Popular Culture Area have included papers or panels titled:

  • I’ve Been Preoccupied of Late with Questions of Rhetoric: Teaching Rhetorical Strategies with Marvel’s Daredevil
  • An Analysis of Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Technique in the Post 2020 Election: The Firehose of Falsehood
  • The Un-Made Man: Rhetorics of Humiliation and Shame in Competitive Game Shows
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Saves the World: Using Celebrity in the Composition Classroom to Teach Climate Change
  • “You have to look up”: Teaching Visual Rhetoric Through Monuments and Memorials
  • Fragments and Fanfiction: Building Democratic Learning Communities in First-Year Writing Classrooms
  • On Female Empowerment and Kairos in Game of Thrones
  • The Discourse of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
  • Technologies of Inscription and Erasure: Graffiti as a Multimodal Rhetorical and Literacy Arena
  • Cancel Culture and the Redefining of Popularity as Disruptive Rhetorical Action
  • Rhetoric for the Modern Audience: Comedy as a Vehicle for Social Change in Bo Burnham’s Inside
  • Dangerous Rhetorics of Romance in “Paradise”: Masculinity, Femininity, and Dating on New Reality Television
  • Strange Ethos: How the Smart but Strange Ethos of Fictional Scientists Engenders Mistrust

Proposal Deadline: November 30, 2022
Proposals can only be submitted online at

Submissions must include

  • a title
  • an abstract of no more than 350 words
  • a short 50-word bio about you

Submissions missing any of the above elements will be returned. Please review your name, affiliation, title and abstract for correct spelling and grammar.

If you wish to propose a full panel with multiple papers and presenters: each presenter must submit their individual paper to the online system, with a note in the abstract that it is part of a panel, and listing the names of all co-panelists. Then, the organizer should email stating intent to present on a panel, with names of all panelists included.

If you wish to propose a roundtable, screening, or other presentation, email directly before submitting to the database.

All presenters must be members of the PCA/ACA and must register for the conference.

Questions? Please contact:
Jennifer Richardson Burg, PhD
Area Chair for Rhetoric, Composition and Popular Culture at the PCA/ACA