National PCA/ACA Conference
Fitness, Exercise and Physical Culture
CALL FOR PAPERS
The fitness, exercise, and physical culture area welcomes papers, presentations, panels involving scholarly inquiry on physical fitness and popular culture. Fitness is variously defined as a pursuit and a product (e.g. a person can engage in fitness activities to achieve a level of physical fitness.) A minimum level of fitness is considered a health necessity. Yet the spectrum of fitness embraces wellness, successful negotiation of activities of daily living and athletic prowess. While fitness is part of culture, there is an “anti-fitness” presence also–particularly in popular culture.
This interdisciplinary area explores exercise and fitness in media, film, literature, advertising, television, comic books, magazines, the internet, and social media. Critical inquiry, archival and historical research, visual analysis, and ethnographic research, expressions of fitness in narrative, poetry, and creative writing are welcome.
Submissions are accepted through the PCA/ACA online application system. Please submit a 250-word abstract, a 75-100 word biographical statement.
Virginia S. Cowen, PhD
Director of Education, Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
65 Bergen Street, Room 160
Newark, NJ 07101