CFP - Collecting and Collectibles, PCA/ACA 2018 conference

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Popular Culture Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Sociology, Psychology

Collecting & Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association
2018 Conference — March 28-31 at the J. W. Marriott in Indianapolis, IN

The Collecting and Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association invites paper submissions on any topic involving collecting. Subject areas might include, but are not limited to:

  • why people collect (motives/motivations)
  • particular collectors and/or collections
  • social and cultural aspects of collecting
  • the practice of collecting
  • theories of collecting
  • collecting theory vs. collecting practice
  • specific types of collectibles
  • the psychology of collecting
  • historical changes in collecting
  • collecting in/as contemporary popular culture
  • collecting as a metaphor in (post)modern life
  • consumerism and collecting
  • collecting and/as material culture
  • how the Internet has changed traditional collecting
  • new forms of collecting in an online world

Papers can deal with any type of collecting – from individual to institutional (museums, libraries etc.) – and/or any type of collectible – from popular culture to fine arts to antiquities to new forms of collecting that may exist only in virtual spaces. We would especially like to encourage submissions that work to broaden and deepen our understanding of collecting across its many contexts.

Inquiries about possible papers or proposals for round table sessions or full panels are also welcomed and encouraged.

All proposals should be submitted online via the PCA/ACA website ( Please point your web browser to and follow the instructions there to submit your 100-250-word abstract.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by October 31, 2017.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch ( if you have any questions.


Contact Info: 

Kevin M. Moist

Associate Professor of Communications, Penn State Altoona

Area Chair, Collecting and Collectibles

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

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