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2019 PCA/ACA Conference Schedule Available

We are pleased to announce that the schedule for the 2019 conference is now available at https://pcaaca.org/conference/schedule
If you are one of our presenters, please check your session time and let us know in plenty of time if you are unable to attend.
As this is the relaunch of the Vampire Studies Area of the PCA, we will be hosting a number of events to bring us together and create community as follows:
  • VAMPIRE STUDIES BUSINESS MEETING
    Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 4:45pm to 6:15pm (Lincoln 3)
  • VAMPIRE STUDIES FILM DISCUSSION: THE LOST BOYS
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 11:30am to 1:00pm (Lincoln 3)
  • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Lincoln 3)
  • COFFIN TALK: “ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING” AND THE LEGACY OF ANGEL
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 8:15pm to 9:45pm (Lincoln 3)

We look forward to seeing you all in April.  In the meantime, visit us on Facebook or Twitter (@pca_vampires).

CFP

Call for Papers 2019

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Popular Culture Association 2019 National Meeting Washington DC April 17-20

The co-chairs of the PCA/ACA Vampire Studies area are soliciting papers, presentations, panels and roundtable discussions which cover any aspect of the Vampire for the Annual National Joint Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference to be held in Washington, DC from April 17-20, 2019.

We are particularly interested in papers, presentations, and panels that cover:

  • The vampire on television (i.e. The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Strain)
  • Recent vampire films, such as Byzantium, Only Lovers Left Alive, What We Do in the Shadows, and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Fan studies and vampires
  • Vampire lifestyles and subculture (including Vampire RPGs or other gaming universes)
  • Vampires and erotica
  • The international vampire
  • Genres such as gothic horror, urban fantasy, steampunk, young adult
  • The fraught relationship between vampires and werewolves (and/or other monstrous beings)
  • Teaching with vampires
  • The glorious return of the Vampire Lestat and the legacy of Anne Rice
  • The 20th anniversary of the premiere of Angel
  • The 200th anniversary of the publication of John Polidori’sThe Vampyre

And anything and everything in between!

Visit past programs of the PCA/ACA conference at www.pcaaca.org to see what has been covered during recent conferences.

To have your proposal/abstract considered for presentation, please submit your proposal/abstract of approximately 250 words at https://pcaaca.org/conference/2019  Complete panel proposals of 3-4 people are also welcomed, as are proposals for roundtable discussions with two or more featured speakers and a moderator. Proposal deadline is October 1, 2018.

If you have questions, contact us at pcavampires@gmail.com.  Also follow us on Twitter @pca_vampires or join our Facebook group Vampire Scholars.

 

Conference Update

2018 PCA/ACA

Hello all,
Saturday (3/31/2018) marked the end of the 2018 Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association national conference.  The Vampire Area had an excellent set of presentations of scholarship, wonderful conversations in our roundtables, and showed two great movies. The quotation from Nina Auerbach below was likely the most referenced bit of vampire scholarship during this conference.

Long-time PCA Vampire area presenter and thoughtful vampire scholar, Candace Benefiel, who passed away in 2017, was honored at this year’s national PCA conference (see below). Candace’s voice was definitely missed during our conversations this year.

We are revamping (pun intended) the vampire area and increasing our web prescence. The call for papers for 2019 will be coming soon.

“Every age embraces the vampire it needs” — Nina Auerbach (Our Vampires, Ourselves, p. 145)

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Pictured (L to R): Lisa Nevarez (co-chair of the vampire area), Amanda Hobson, and U. Melissa Anyiwo (co-chair of the vampire area).