Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference CFP

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2021
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Digital Humanities, Fine Arts, Humanities



Call for Papers

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

2022 National Conference

Seattle, WA

April 13-16, 2022


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 Submission of Proposals: November 15, 2021


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 15, 2021. 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 submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website; 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.


Presenters must be current, paid members to submit to the conference. Information about registering, a list of deadlines, links to submit and apply for grants, and to register for the conference can be found on the PCA website.


Key Dates
Keep in mind the following timeline:


September 1               Submission Page Goes Live

October 1                    Early Bird Registration Opens

November 15              Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications

December 16              Early Bird Registration ENDS; Regular Registration Begins

January 1                     Regular Registration ENDS

January 2                     Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1                   Registration for Presenters End; non registrants will be dropped from the program

April 13-16, 2022!      Seattle Conference


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

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

Contact Info: 

Dr. Jennifer Streb

Professor of Art History

Juniata CollHuntingdon, PA 16652

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