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Collecting & Collectibles Area

Popular Culture Association 2021 Conference

June 2-5, 2021​ at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA


The recent Special Issue of The Journal of American Culture (Volume 43, Issue 1) was dedicated to Collectors and Collectibles, a special issue focusing on “the psychology of collecting, collections as history, social interaction and collecting, collecting vs. hoarding, altruism and collecting, and the cultural aspects of specific collections.” [i]


Building on this interest, the Collecting and Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association invites paper submissions on any topic involving collecting. Subject areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • why people collect (motives/motivations)
  • specific collectors and/or collections
  • social and cultural aspects of collecting
  • methods for researching 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.


How to submit:

  1. Please register for an account on the site and fill in a brief bio and affiliation.
  2. Submit an abstract of no more than 250 words on the site by November 16, 2020.
  3. This area does not accept undergraduate papers for 2021. Undergraduates are encouraged to submit to the Undergraduate Sessions Area.

Contact the area co-chairs if you have any questions:

Lynn Bartholome

Popular Culture Association/Bowling Green State University


Robin Hershkowitz

Bowling Green State University



[i]  “Call for Papers: Special Issues” https://onlinelibrary-wiley-com.ezproxy.bgsu.edu/page/journal/1542734x/h...

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

12-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
12-Oct-20 Early Bird Registration Begins
16-Nov-20 Deadline for Proposals and Endowment Grant Applications
31-Dec-20 Early Bird Registration Ends
01-Jan-21 Regular Registration Begins
31-Jan-21 Regular Registration Ends
01-Feb-21 Late Registration Begins
01-Feb-21  Preliminary Schedule Available
28-Feb-21 Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
01-Mar-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

June 2-5, 2021 

National Conference in Boston


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. 31: 100% refund
Requested by Feb 7: 75% refund
Requested by Feb 14: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 21: 25% refund
After Feb. 28: 0% refund

Membership fees are non-refundable.













Area chairs

Lynn Bartholome

Robin Hershkowitz