Reproductive Justice in Popular Culture

deadline for submissions: 
December 20, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Popular Culture Association Conference
contact email: 

The Reproductive Justice  area will focus on reproductive justice issues as they appear in popular culture (film, television, social media,  music, literature, etc.). Reproductive justice is a term that goes beyond the term reproductive rights, something that typically focuses on contraception and abortion.   According to the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, “it’s ‘the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities”  (Abrams). Reproductive justice is more expansive and intersectional and explicitly examines the systemic obstacles that make it hard for some people to control their own bodily autonomy and get access to basic reproductive health (contraception, sex education, STI prevention, alternative birth options,  prenatal pregnancy care, among others).


Scope of the paper topics accepted under this area

Papers examining any aspect of global reproductive justice in popular culture will be considered.

Paper topics might  look like some of the titles below:

Abortion vs. Adoption—What Call the Midwife Gets Wrong
Medication abortion and Humor in Saint Francis
Where are all the People of Color having Abortions on Television
Modern Horror Films and Forced Pregnancy
Lack of Sexual Education in Sex Education
Surrogacy and Disability in The Surrogate
Black Women and We Testify—Racism and Abortion Online
Demonizing Emergency Contraception in Hulu’s Plan B
Memes and Abortion Protest Signs: Reinforcing Stereotypes?


Submission requirements:

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information to Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website. Individuals must be current,  paid members to submit to the conference.


Please include your full nameaffiliationstatus (graduate student, educator, independent scholar), mailing address, email address, and telephone number.


Contact:  Questions may be addressed to Brenda Boudreau, McKendree University:


2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines15 Aug-22                                           2022 Conference Information Available on Website15 Sept-22Submissions Open 07 Oct-22Early Bird Registration Begins20 Dec-22Deadline for Paper Proposals02 Jan-23Early Bird Registration Ends03 Jan-23Regular Registration Begins13 Jan-23Preliminary Schedule Available01 Feb-23Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters17 Mar-23Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters 5-8 April-23CONFERENCE IN SAN ANTONIO, TX 

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.