Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design

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Call for papers: 

Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design is seeking paper proposals for oral presentation at the annual conference.


Please join us in Washington, D.C. April 17-20, 2019 for the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association 2019 National Conference. We will be staying at the Wardman Park Marriot (book early due to room-block maximums).


The PCA/ACA is highly regarded in the academy with well over 5,000 academic oral presentations given internationally, two top-tier journals (Journal of American Culture and  The Journal of Popular Culture), and over 3,000 members. This year’s DC conference should be exciting with papers on an enormous array of subjects.


The deadline for online abstract proposal of papers will be October 1, 2018.


Please do not email your abstract to an Area Chair, submissions can only be submitted via the site http://ncp.pcaaca.org/. Select a Subject Area, enter your proposal’s title and input a clearly defined abstract of your scholarship of no more than 250 words and a short 50-word bio (please review in the database your full name, university, abstract title and abstract for spelling & grammar). Submit only one proposal to one area. Multiple submissions are not allowed.


Key Dates:

Oct 1               Registration Opens

Oct 1               Deadline for Paper Proposals

Oct 15             All Sessions Entered into the Database by Area Chairs

Nov 15            Early Bird Registration Rate Ends

Dec 1               Preliminary Program Available

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


Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design is concerned with all areas and aspects of style, fashion, clothing, design, and related trends, as well as appearances and consumption using and/or including: historical sources, manufacturing, aesthetics, marketing, branding, merchandising, retailing, psychological/ sociological aspects of dress, body image, and cultural identities, in addition to any areas relating to purchasing, shopping, and the methods consumers construct identity.


Papers from all methods and disciplines are welcome! Innovative and new research, scholarship and creative works in the areas of fashion, design, the body and consumerism are encouraged!

For information on PCA/ACA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org

For conference information, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/


Jessica Strübel, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design

University of Rhode Island

College of Business Administration 

Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design Department

Quinn Hall 211 A

Kingston, RI 02881


Joseph H. Hancock, II, Ph.D., Co-Chair and Executive Director of Events PCA/ACA


Drexel University 

3141 Chestnut Street

Urban Center #110G

Philadelphia, PA. 19104 



Area chairs