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 Philadelphia, PA April 15-18, 2020 for the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association 2020 Joint National Conference. We will be staying at the Philadelphia Marriott (book early due to room-block maximums).


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


The deadline for online abstract proposal of papers will be November 24, 2019.


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.


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 https://pcaaca.org/conference


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

University of Rhode Island

College of Business Administration 

Textiles, Fashion Merchandising & 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 



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