World Fairs and Expositions Area, Popular Culture Association, invites proposals. The Area covers all aspects of research on world’s fairs and exhibitions; commemorations and celebrations; horticultural exhibitions (in which participants present gardens and garden pavilions; and more-theme specific events, such as the Milan Triennial Exhibition of Decorative Arts and Modern Architecture or the Venice Biennale. Controversy will not be shunned!
The goals of our area are: to share and support research, scholarship, and publication; and to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).
Yvonne and I would particularly like to encourage submissions for 2014 that celebrate a momentous world’s fair but these are suggestions only. Panelists are free to choose their own topics with our area subjects. Some examples:
110th anniversary of the world’s fair in St. Louis (1904) 30th anniversary of New Orleans (1984) 40th anniversary of Spokane (1974) 80th anniversary of Chicago (1933-1934) 50th anniversary of New York (1964-1965) 140th of London (1871-1874) 130th anniversary of Calcutta (1883-1884) 80th anniversary of Chicago (1933-1934) 120th anniversaries of Antwerp and San Francisco (both 1894)
In past years, papers have covered all aspects of world’s fairs, including art and architecture, themes, women’s roles, sports and film, and anthropological aspects of the ethnic nations, such as those at the 1904 fair.
Participants should be prepared to present their work as scholarly research and/or for the benefit of an interested audience of academics. See the conference website for more information.
Submissions should include the author’s CV, short biography (100-150 words) and abstract (100-250 words). Deadline: By November 1, 2013. This document should contain the following information in this order:
• Name(s) of presenter(s)—indicate main contact person if submitting a group presentation
• Institutional affiliation—if applicable
• Name and contact information of cooperating professor—undergraduates only
• Address(es), telephone number(s), and email address(es) of presenter(s)
• Title(s) of paper(s), panel, roundtable, or workshop
• Completed paper(s) or 250-word proposal(s)—if submitting a workshop, please specifically indicate what those in attendance will gain
The paper/panel proposal will be acknowledged when received, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status no later than 1 November 2013 (this is earlier this year but PCA had to extend last year due to slow process of submissions).
As a courtesy, I would appreciate it if you could send me a copy of your title/abstract so I can determine how many panelists the area will have.
Please be aware that the Area Chairs are not able to submit proposals on your behalf. If there is a problem while submitting papers please contact me. Also, do not simultaneously submit the same proposal to multiple areas which has been a problem in past years as doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs. Please note that, per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. This includes roundtables, that is, a person cannot present a paper and a roundtable discussion.
Please be aware that the PCA offers several travel endowment grants for graduate students and young academics. Check the PCA website www.pcaaca.org for more information.
This includes hotel information and registration. As in past years, all presenters must be registered to give their paper.
If you have any questions or concerns, please get back to me. Yvonne does not have e-mail (still!)
World’s Fairs and Expositions
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C: 9703) 220-2956