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 subject area of the Popular Culture Association represents an interdisciplinary field of study that can be approached from multiple academic and creative directions. As an example, the PCA’s well-established Beer Culture Area explores issues of authenticity, place, history, community, identity, gender, race, class, maker movements, visual design, rhetoric, social media, law and ethics, business and entrepreneurship, marketing, travel and tourism.


We particularly encourage submission of works dealing with 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, beer journalism and media, beer museums, pub life, issues of diversity, inclusion and equity related to beer culture, and legal issues in beer culture.


Individual presentations are typically 15-20 minutes in length, and usually delivered in a semi-formal conversational tone, although a close reading of a paper is acceptable. Panel proposals with multiple presenters should specify the thematic link between each of the works and, depending on scope, will be allotted between 30 to 60 minutes. All presentations will be followed by an interactive period with the audience that above all else is supportive and non-competitive.


While this is an academic conference, non-academics who are leaders in their applied fields are welcome to present ideas that advance the intellectual understandings of the Beer Culture Area. Please note however that we cannot accept proposals whose purpose is promotional in nature.



The Beer Culture Area encourages submissions from graduate students but does not accept undergraduate submissions.



Should you have any questions, please contact the Beer Culture Area Chair:

Robert A. Cole

Roger Williams University





2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


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.   

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

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Area chairs

Robert A Cole