Food in Popular Culture

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Call for papers: 




The Popular Culture Association annual conference will be held April 15-18, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA„ at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

For information on PCA, please visit: http://www.pcaaca.org


The Food in Popular Culture area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to food and drink. Possible topics include:


• Genre cookbooks

• Food or drink in literature

• Dietary trends/fads

• Food or drink in television, film, or other media

• Advertising/marketing history for food or drink

• Dining trends over time

• Regional or area-specific foods


Papers from independent scholars and graduate students are welcome. PCA encourages works in progress and all are encouraged to engage in scholarly discourse outside of areas in which they may normally work. For example, in Food in Popular Culture we have had theoretical mathematicians, physicists, and museum personnel present papers. (Yes!) Where else can you attend a conference with such diversity?


The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 24, 2019.

Proposals are submitted at https://conference.pcaaca.org

Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. Panels are typically made up of 3-4 individuals and each session lasts 1½ hour with adequate time for questions and discussion.




Please direct any questions to the area chair for Food in Popular Culture:


Roger Adams

Associate Professor / Rare Books Librarian

Morse Department of Special Collections

Kansas State University

Manhattan KS 66506-1200

785-532-7455 rcadams@ksu.edu


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