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Call for papers: 

Collecting & Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association
2019 Conference — April 17-20 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

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 a digital 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.


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.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by October 30, 2018.


All presenters must be members of the PCA and must register for the conference. Here is the schedule of deadlines and pertinent dates:


1 July                          Database Opens for Submissions

1 October                    Registration Opens

1 October                    Deadline for Paper Proposals

15 November              Early Bird Registration Rate Ends

1 December                Preliminary Program Available

15 December              “Drop Dead”: Participants Not Registered Removed from Program

3 January 2019            Final Program to the Publisher

17-20 April 2019        Washington, D.C.

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

Kevin M. Moist
Associate Professor of Communications

Communications Program Chair
Penn State Altoona
101D Cypress
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601

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