Collecting & Collectibles

All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Database.
Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. Exceptions and rules

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Collecting and Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association invites paper submissions on any topic involving collecting.

Topic areas might include:

  • 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 cultureCALL FOR PAPERS
    Collecting & Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association
    2017 Conference — April 12-15 at the Marriott Marina, San Diego, CA
    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.

     

    Also this year, a special joint session:

     

    COLLECTING SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

    The areas of Science Fiction Fantasy and Collecting & Collectibles are holding special joint sessions on the intersection of these areas. We are seeking papers which approach the tie-ins between SFF movies, comics and books and the world of collecting, and how each influences the other; and the important role that memorabilia play in the world of the fan, and how SFF fans use these items to mark their loyalties to specific franchises. Some examples of tie-ins could include (but are NOT limited to) Marvel, Star Trek, Star Wars, Outlander, and Lord of the Rings. Any SFF tie-in from any era will be considered. We encourage a wide variety of approaches to these subjects from conceptual to particular. When making your proposals please indicate to the area chairs your desire to have it considered for the special session.

     

    All proposals should be submitted online via the PCA/ACA website (http://pcaaca.org/). Please point your web browser to http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-conference/ and follow the instructions there to submit your 100-250-word abstract.
    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: October 1, 2016.
    Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by October 30, 2016.

    Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or phone if you have any questions.

    Kevin M. Moist
    Associate Professor of Communications
    Penn State Altoona
    101D Cypress
    3000 Ivyside Park
    Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 949-5779
    kmm104@psu.edu