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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.
  3. This area does not accept undergraduate papers for 2022. 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...


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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Grants and Awards (coming soon)

Areas That Accept Undergraduate Submissions

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Conference Code of Conduct



Area chairs

Lynn Bartholome

Robin Hershkowitz