Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) March 21-25, 2016 – Seattle, WA
The topic of romantic love suffuses popular culture, and in turn, the popular culture of romantic love shapes real life social practices, from dating to weddings to holiday shopping. The Romance Area invites proposals on any topic related to popular romance culture or the romance industry, now or in the past, anywhere in the world. Please note that you do not need to have a university affiliation to present. Our area welcomes proposals from authors, editors, publishers, reviewers, and independent scholars. If your proposal is accepted, you will need to join PCA to present; however, you do not need to present in order to attend the conference and join the discussions. Details on conference registration are being posted and updated at the PCA conference website.
Some possible topics for Romance (although we are by no means limited to these):
#weneeddiverseromance: romance authors, readers, and publishers of color and the politics of representation
Disability in romance: the “Aspy hero,” love-cures, and getting past the tropes
Love, Inshallah, Ishqr, etc.: love and Islam in popular culture
Romance Around the Pacific Rim: media trends and real-life romance practice
Indigeneity, Native Issues, and Popular Romance
Queering the Romance: authors, characters, plot twists, publishers, readers
Fan fic, Adaptation, and the Classics: romancing Shakespeare, Austen, and canonical pop culture
Tensions within the “Romance Community”: crises, kerfuffles, fault lines, debates
Aca-Fandom and Romance Scholarship: Opportunities and Concerns
Young Adult, New Adult, and Vintage Adult (fortysomething and over) Romance
The “Erotics of Property” Revisited: money, social class, and romance
Romancing the Marketplace: romantic love in advertising, marketing, and consumer culture
Canons to the Left of Us, Canons to the Right of Us: Iconic Texts / Authors and the Romance Canon Debate
HEA, HFN, TTFN: Theorizing (and Close Reading) the Romance Ending
Emerging Genres, Authors, and Media
Lauren Berlant and Romance; Sara Ahmed and Romance; Critical Love Studies and Romance: New Critical / Theoretical Approaches
Non-Romance Topics (Work, Community, History) in popular romance texts
Masculinity and / in Popular Romance
Questions of Consent: Romance and / vs. Rape Culture, Now and in the Past
Outlander, Jane the Virgin, the Poldark Reboot, Healer: Romance on (Global) Television in the 21st century
Teaching Romance: Where? How? What? Why? To Whom?
Special Session: The Romance of Science Fiction Fantasy or A Little Sci-Fi Fantasy in your Romance
The Areas of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Romance will be holding a special joint session which will highlight the combination of the genres of Science Fiction/Fantasy with Romance.
How has the intersection of these two popular genres opened up new possibilities in conceptualizing gender, desire, sexuality, love, courtship, or relationship structure? How has their intersection allowed us to see existing concepts of these more vividly, freshly, or critically? How have authors, filmmakers, showrunners, and fans played these genres against one another, for example by using romance to critique traditions in SF/F, or SF/F to critique the tropes of romance?
We welcome proposals on steampunk, paranormal, fan-fic/ slash, science-fiction, and fantasy romance in literature, film or television (eg. Kate Douglas, Meljean Brook, J. D. Robb, Alexis Hall’s Prosperity Universe, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Ever After, Her, Lost Girl, etc.)
When proposing for the special session please clearly indicate this in your abstract / proposal, and contact the area chairs firstname.lastname@example.org (SF/F) and email@example.com(Romance) separately to request that your paper be considered for the session.
As we do every year, the Romance area will meet in a special Open Forum to discuss upcoming conferences, work in progress, and the future of the field of Popular Romance Studies. All are welcome to attend.
Submit a proposal or abstract (200-300 words) proposal or abstract through the PCA website, and ONLY through the PCA website, at http://ncp.pcaaca.org. If you wish to submit a panel for the conference, all presenters must submit individually through the website, and then notify the Area Chair of your intentions to present together. Please do not include panel colleagues on the electronic submission as this confuses the program. Instructions for submission can be found atwww.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php.
Do not simultaneously submit the same proposal to multiple areas. Doing so will result in your proposal being disqualified and your paper being refused by the PCA/ACA. Per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. If you try to submit to two areas, the master program will not accept your proposals (which may result in your paper not being accepted in either area).
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2015
Please feel free to forward, cross-post, or link to this call for papers.
If you have any questions as all, please contact the area chair: