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


The Television area for PCA/ACA seeks to investigate television itself as a medium, the content of television, and the relationships between television and consumers across all genres (scripted and unscripted), time periods, and cultures of television.

  • How do we define reality and realism on television?
  • How do reality and fiction tap into each other to create their narratives?
  • How do televisual texts work, and what is their relationship with their intended (or unintended) audiences?
  • How do we define our lives, relationships, and our self-knowledge according to the images provided by the medium of television?
  • Have we been socialized, at least in part by television, to be merely consumers?
  • How does television represent or modify economic, institutional, and cultural norms?
  • In today’s evolving television landscapes, which players hold power?

These are some of the questions we seek to answer. Please feel free to address these queries, or explore new ones. All theoretical viewpoints and methodologies are welcome, as well as international and intercultural perspectives, and practitioners’ contributions.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words through the web-based submissions system located here. Include a brief bio (approximately 50 words) of each presenter, and three to five bibliographic references per abstract.

Please send all inquires to:

Amanda S. McClain, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Holy Family University
Antonio Savorelli, Ph.D.
Communikitchen, Italy