Beer Culture

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Proposals are requested for works (panels, paper presentations, well-developed research in progress, multi-mediated/graphic projects) that identify and discuss any aspects of beer, including its producers, its consumers, the communities and identities beer inspires and maintains, and/or its social, cultural, historical, and economic impact. The beer culture area of PCA accepts proposal from both academic researchers and industry leaders; however, proposals should not be promotional in their nature.


Given that this is an interdisciplinary field of study, proposals are welcome from a breadth of topics related to beer culture. This includes, but is not limited to, issues related to authenticity, place, history, community, identity, gender, race, class, sexuality, craft, maker movements, visual design, rhetoric, social media, law, ethics, business, entrepreneurship, advertising, public relations, marketing, travel and tourism.


List of example topics or paper titles:

For example, works may deal with beer and the environment, sustainability in brewing, brewing public policy, the economic impact of brewing, craft beer and gentrification, capitalism and beer, beer and family, beer media, beer journalism, beer branding, craft beer culture and legal issues related to beer.


Submission requirements:

For individual proposals, an abstract 300-500 words in length outlining the project, including your theoretical framework and methodological approach, should be submitted. For multi-mediated and graphic projects, please also provide a brief explanation of the type of media text being created and how you will present the text, including any special space or technology you will need. Individual presentations are typically 10-15 minutes in length and should be delivered in a semi-conversational tone.

Panel proposals with multiple presenters should specify the thematic link between each of the works and, depending on scope, will be allotted 30-60 minutes. One extended abstract 750-1000 words in length outlining each work should be submitted.

All presentations will be followed by an interactive period with the audience that above all else is supportive and non-competitive.

The Beer Culture Area encourages submissions from graduate students, but does not accept undergraduate submissions due to the topic area being discussed.



Katie Schwind

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media

Greensboro College


[email protected]



2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal. 






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