Popular Art, Architecture, and Design CFP

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, American History / Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities, Popular Culture Studies


Call for Papers: Popular Art, Architecture, & Design

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

2020 National Conference

Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, April 15 to Saturday, April 28, 2019


For information on PCA/ACA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org

For conference information, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/


Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2019


The Popular Art, Architecture & Design area is concerned with the aesthetics, the history, and the theory of popular culture in the everyday world of the past, the present, and the future.


We are considering proposals for sessions organized around a theme, special panels, and/or individual papers. Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. Working professionals, scholars, educators, and graduate students from a variety of methodologies including Art History, Fine Art, Museum or Curatorial Studies, Architecture, and Industrial/Interior Design are all encouraged to submit.


It is a broad area indeed, so think creatively! At previous conferences the topics have included, but were certainly not limited to, the following:

  • World Fairs
  • Stephen Colbert Teaching Contemporary Art
  • Ceramic Work of Brendan Tang and Sing-ying Ho
  • Respecting Difficult Histories in museum exhibitions
  • Integrated learning in museums
  • Architecture of Tadao Ando
  • Disneyland
  • Edward Durell Stone
  • Sandy Skoglund and Gregory Crewdson’s visions of suburbia
  • Portrait miniatures
  • Kara Walker’s silhouettes
  • Superman and Art Deco
  • Art of Howard Finster
  • Art Environments
  • Place-Inspired Activism
  • Elizabeth Catlett
  • Norman Rockwell’s lost drawings
  • Cold War American Suburban Imaginary
  • Nineteenth-Century Ephemera: Scrapbooks and Trompe l’Oeil Painting
  • Art Nouveau’s Revival in 1960’s Popular Culture
  • Restoration of Charles Lindbergh’s House
  • Kitchen Design in Glass Houses


Please submit a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words and a short 50-word bio with contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and email addresses, and contact telephone number) by November 1, 2019. To submit an abstract, go to http://ncp.pcaaca.org and follow the instructions for creating an account and making your submission. Please note that all submissions must be made through the conference submission site, so do not email your abstract. Instructions for logging in and submitting proposals appear on the home screen of the site and are also available here: http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php


Be sure to proofread your name, title, and abstract closely as this text will become part of the program should your proposal be selected.



Key Dates
Keep in mind the following timeline:


August 1, 2019            Submission Page Goes Live

October 1, 2019          Early Bird Registration Opens

November 1, 2019      Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment Grants

December 1, 2019      Early Bird Registration ENDS

January 1, 2020           Regular Registration ENDS

January 2, 2020           Late Registration BEGINS – be sure to reserve your spot in the program

January 15, 2020         Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline

January 20, 2020         Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020         Registration for Presenters ENDS—participants who have 

not registered dropped from the program at the end of the day

February 2, 2020         REGISTRATION SYSTEM CLOSES FOR PRESENTERS at Midnight

March 1, 2020             Non-presenters Late registration OPENS

April 15-18, 2020        Philly Conference!


For more conference information, go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/

Travel and research grants are available: http://pcaaca.org/grants/


Any inquires should be directed to the area chair:

Contact Info: 

Dr. Jennifer Streb

Professor of Art History

Curator, Juniata College Museum of Art

Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA 16652

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