Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

21 – 25 March 2016 – Seattle, WA

One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2016 national conference to be held at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).

PCA/ACA SF/F welcomes any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F: art; literature; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games. The SF/F Area is also interested in featuring science fiction and fantasy writers and poets. Creative writers are welcomed.

Special Sessions

Star Trek
Because 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the airing of Star Trek (Original series) we are encouraging those who are interested, to propose papers about Star Trek, its history, its universe, and everything in-between. Papers about aspects of the original series are particularly encouraged.

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. We welcome proposals which discuss this, including steampunk, paranormal, fan-fic/ slash, science-fiction, and fantasy, in literature, film or television (eg. Kate Douglas, Meljean Brook, JD Robb (Nora Roberts), 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, and contact the area chairs to ensure that your paper is considered for the appropriate session.

Submission Guidelines: In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, or creative writing readings should be submitted through the PCA website and only through the PCA website. If you wish to submit a panel for the conference, all presenters must submit individually through the website, and then notify the Area Chairs 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 at and submissions made at .

The document should contain the following information in this order:

Name of presenter—indicate main contact person if submitting a multi-authored paper
Institutional affiliation—if applicable
Name and contact information of Supervising professor—undergraduates only
Address(es), telephone number(s), and current email address(es) of presenter(s)
Title of paper
Completed paper(s) or 250-word proposal(s)—if submitting a workshop, please specifically indicate what those in attendance will gain

Roundtables and special sessions can only be created by Area Chairs—if you wish to organize one of these sessions, please contact the Area Chairs, who will create the event for you in the schedule. Note that beginning with the 2015 conference, ALL areas are limited in the number of roundtables that can be held. If you wish to propose one, then do so as soon as possible.

The paper proposal will be acknowledged within 2 days of its receipt, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status no later than 15th October 2015. This year the SF/F Area will be limiting the number of presentations we will accept to 104 papers, so please be aware that acknowledgement of receipt does not automatically denote acceptance.

Please, do not simultaneously submit the same proposal to multiple areas. Doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs, and will result in your paper being refused. 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: 1 October 2015

Each year the SF/F Area hosts a fundraising event that includes a film, snacks, and a prize raffle of DVDs, novels, academic books, etc.—thousands of dollars in merchandise. Come enjoy the food, friendship, and fun! This year will feature the original pilot for Star Trek, “The Cage”. Fundraising supports area activities and, beginning with the 2011 conference, awards to the two best papers, graduate student and professional. The Student Award includes a cash prize. More details about these awards can be found at the area’s website: We do accept donations of items for the raffle, so if your shelves are starting to bulge under all of your SF/F memorabilia, ask yourself if you really need 3 Thor action figures. If not, then donate that stuff to us.

Please be aware that the PCA offers several (highly competitive) travel bursaries and deadlines for them are the 7 January 2016. Check the PCA website for more information.

Hope to see you in Seattle!

PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chairs

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