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Call for papers: 

Beer Culture Division Call for Proposals





Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Wednesday, April 15, to Saturday, April 18, 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:  November 1, 2019


We welcome proposals to join or return to present with our fast-growing and lively group of diverse scholars at the 2019 PCA/ACA National Conference in Washington, DC next April. Beer brewing predates the first Congress in our nation’s capital, and while the District’s craft beer presence is still small, it ranks 27th per capita and boasts fast growth. DC is also home to the Brewers Association’s annual SAVOR craft beer and food pairing event and the Smithsonian Institution’s based at the National Museum of American History. As the center of political power in the United States, Washington, DC is also the home to the Beer Institute and other efforts to lobby for and against public policy that effects the brewing industry and culture.


The Beer Culture subject area represents a growing and dynamic interdisciplinary field of study that can be approached from multiple academic and creative directions. This quickly-expanding subject area explores issues of authenticity, place, history, identity, gender, race, class, the maker movement, the job market, visual design, rhetoric, social media, law and ethics, business and entrepreneurship, marketing, and community. Proposals are requested for papers that identify and discuss any aspects of beer, its producers, its consumers, the communities and identities it inspires and maintains, and/or its social, cultural, historical, and economic impact.

In 2020, we particularly encourage the submission of papers dealing with macrobreweing, beer and the environment, sustainability in brewing, brewing public policy, the economic impact of brewing, craft beer and gentrification, market pressures in beer culture (including brewery closures and mergers), beer and the family, brewing political economy, beer journalism, beer museums, #MeToo and beer culture, and legal issues in beer culture. Please note that this is an academic conference, and we cannot accept proposals for sale pitches of specific breweries, books or other publications, events, or products and services.

We always plan to get out and explore the local beer scene a little together when we gather for our conference, so present your paper and then lift a pint with fellow researchers at DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, or Right Proper Brewing Company. Social plans to come closer to the conference date.


Should you or your colleagues have any questions, please contact the Beer Culture chair:


Annie Sugar, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mass Communications Department
Emory & Henry College


To submit your panel or presentation, go to https://conference.pcaaca.org/ and follow the instructions for creating an account and making your submission. ALL submissions must be made through the conference submission site. For individual papers, please submit a title and 100-word abstract. For themed paper sessions, each presenter must enter her/his own presentation and the chair should contact Dr. Sugar to assemble them into a panel. You should also contact Dr. Sugar for help in submitting roundtable discussions. 

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                 Submission Page Goes Live
October 1, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 1, 2019           Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 1, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 15, 2020             Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2020             Presenter Registration Deadline – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Registration ends for presenters at midnight.
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully  registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

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