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Accepts undergraduate submissions

The Collecting and Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association invites papers on “Sustainability in/as Collecting” for the 2023 National PCAACA Conference. We would especially like to encourage submissions that contribute new directions and calls to the existing scholarship on “Collecting” and particularly address ecological continuity in the varied geographical, cultural, linguistic, and literary collectibles.


Possible topics for presentations include but are not limited to:


  • modes of collecting
  • immortality of the collection
  • disposition of the collection
  • collecting and hoarding practices                                  
  • Thing theories
  • environmental aspects of collecting
  • Collecting and anthropocentric awareness
  • Collecting and ecological consciousness
  • the psychology of collecting
  • self-extension and collecting
  • pathology and collecting
  • collectibles as stories
  • writing and collecting
  • collectibles in literary narratives and indigenous archives
  • seriality in collecting
  • serial writers as collectors
  • re-membering and collecting
  • galleries of Mind
  • historical continuity/disruption in collectibles
  • collecting cultures and communities 
  • gender identity in collecting
  • collecting in/as contemporary popular culture
  • collecting and modernity
  • collecting as consumption/production activity
  • collecting and/as material culture
  • traditional collecting vs. virtual collecting


Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title); 100-word mini-biography, complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and contact telephone number). ACCEPTS UNDERGRADUATE SUBMISSIONS. Submissions will only be accepted through PCA website.


Please send all inquiries to:

Majda R. Atieh, PhD

Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

[email protected]


2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


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. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal. 






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