Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design

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Call for papers: 

Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design

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

Please join us June 2-5, 2021 for the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association 2021 Joint National Conference. 

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

Please do not email your abstract to an Area Chair; submissions can only be submitted via the site https://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.

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! 

Jessica Strübel, Ph.D., 
University of Rhode Island
Quinn Hall 211 A
Kingston, RI 02881 

Joseph H. Hancock, II, Ph.D., 
Drexel University  
3141 Chestnut Street, Urban Center #110G 
Philadelphia, PA. 19104  

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-May-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

June 2-5, 2021 

Virtual Conference


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.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.












Area chairs

Joseph Henry Hancock

Jessica Strübel