CFP: Popular Culture Association of Canada, 2nd Annual Conference, 10-12 May 2012

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

PCAC share an interdisciplinary vision of this Association. PCAC are particularly interested in featuring papers from scholars and/or producers and practitioners of popular cultural phenomena from the humanities, the arts, and the sciences.

To that end, PCAC are interested in continuing to promote work in:

  • Film & Television
  • Cultural History
  • Music
  • Race, Gender, Class & Ability Studies
  • Theatre
  • Media
  • Communication
  • Queer Studies

PCAC also seek to broaden the scope of our conversations by encouraging and promoting panels that draw from fields frequently under-represented in Popular Culture Conferences such as (but certainly not limited to):

  • Medieval & Early Modern Texts
  • Popular Environmentalism(s)
  • Science in/as Popular Culture
  • Food and Beverage Cultures
  • Non-mass Mediated Entertainment
  • Sport & Game Studies
  • Politics in/of Popular Culture
  • Tourism Industries and Theory

Single paper proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a list of keywords or key phrases (maximum 5), and should be accompanied by a brief biographical note of 100 words or less. Panel proposals should include all of the above information for each presenter, plus a proposed title for the panel and a brief rationale. For more information visit us at

The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2012. The conference organizers will endeavour to contact all potential participants by mid-February, 2012.

Please send proposals (or any press/media inquiries) to the conference co-chairs:

Stuart Henderson       Katja Lee                                   Scott Henderson
History                          English and Cultural Studies      Communication, Popular Culture and Film
McMaster University     McMaster University                  Brock University


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