All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Conference Submission page
Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. Exceptions and rules


The Horror Area co-chairs of the Popular Culture Association invite interested scholars to submit proposals for papers or complete panels on any aspect of horror in fiction, cinema, television, gaming, theory, and culture.

Your paper proposal should include:

1) 100- to 250-word abstract, including paper title;
2) a notification of any audio-visual needs.

Your panel or roundtable proposal should include:

1) suggested panel/roundtable title;
2) 100- to 250-word abstract identifying the theoretical framework, or guiding questions and thesis of your panel/roundtable;
3) 100- to 250-word abstracts, including titles, for each of your presenters’ papers;
4) a list of presenters and their affiliations;
5) a notification of any audio-visual needs.

Please note that proposals that are overly general are difficult to review; accordingly, your abstract should outline your main argument or research questions, your thesis and main points, and your projected conclusions.

Submitting the same or various proposals to different subject areas of the PCA is not allowed. Presenters are, however, permitted to submit proposals for both a roundtable discussion and a panel presentation. Acceptance of your paper obligates you to present the paper at the conference. You must also be present at the conference to present your own work—no “readings by proxy” are allowed.

Important: All presenters 1) must be registered members of the PCA or ACA and 2) must register for the conference.  Information on how to access membership and registration forms will be sent to you upon acceptance of your presentation. Or, go now to the PCA/ACA website: http://pcaaca.org/national-conference-2/instructions-for-the-submission-database/.

Deadline: Submit your paper proposal/abstract through the PCA/ACA submission page by October 1st, 2017, to be considered for the 2018 PCA/ACA Annual National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Please send all inquiries to:

Jim Iaccino
The Chicago School of Prof. Psychology

Tiffany A. Bryant