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Call for papers: 

Collecting & Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association
2020 Conference — April 15-18 at the Downtown Philadelphia Marriott, Philadelphia, PA

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 https://pcaaca.org/help/conference/submitting-proposals-conference and follow the instructions there to submit your 100-250-word abstract.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by November 30, 2019.

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

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 13, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference

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. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

Area chairs

Kevin M. Moist