Welcome to Happiness and Culture,

a Special Topic at the

Joint National Conference of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association

that was to be held in

Philadelphia, April 15-20, 2020

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the 2020 PCA/ACA annual conference has been canceled.  

The website now accompanies the 2021 PCA/ACA conference, to be held in Boston (March 31 – April 3, 2021). 

We hope you will consider joining us.


Happiness and Culture is a hot new area of interdisciplinary research. In 2020 it appeared among the PCA/ACA National Conference subject areas for the first time.

Our intention is to include the concept of happiness in the scholarly discussions of popular culture. Please click on the link below for more info

This website accompanies the Call for Papers, issued by the Special Topic Happiness and Culture, to be presented at the conference. Due date for paper proposals for the 2021 conference will be available this summer.

While primarily designed to assist those wishing to submit a paper proposal, the website will also be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the topic.

What You Will Find Here

Among other pertinent materials, you will find the background information about the topic, the key concepts, the leading scholars and the academic fields that study it, as well as a wide range of exciting ideas for paper topics.

 For more information about the conference or to submit a proposal please visit or

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to assist you.

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