PCA/ACA

Material Culture

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The study of material culture offers an exciting area for interdisciplinary research and conversation, as it brings together those engaged in scholarly inquiry in areas as diverse as history, art history, design, decorative arts, cultural studies, consumer studies, literature, communications, anthropology, sociology, museum studies, and beyond. Of particular interest are papers that address human-made material objects as primary source material for anthropological, geographical, sociological, historical, or area studies. In addition, this conference theme also welcomes methodological papers that theorize and critique “material culture” as a discipline for humanistic inquiry. Past presentations in this area have focused on decorative arts and the construction of literary characters; the material culture of poverty; commemorative items; historic and modern furnishings; fashion, branding and marketing trends; and alternative culture and industrial space.

 

We are considering proposals for sessions organized around a theme, special panels, and/or individual papers. Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session. If separate proposals are being submitted with the idea of being on the same panel, please note that clearly.

Proposals for a panel of four speakers also are encouraged and should include the following:

 

Panel Title

Name and contact information for the Panel Chair

Titles and abstracts of each paper

Contact information for each presenter

 

Proposals should take the form of an abstract of up to 250 words and must be submitted electronically. All submissions must be made through the conference submission site. All presenters must be members of the PCA and must register for the conference.

 

Please send any inquiries to the Area Chair for Material Culture, Dr. Margaret A. Weitekamp, [email protected].

 

 

2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
20 Dec-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
02 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends
03 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins
13 Jan-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
01 Feb-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
17 Mar-23 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX

 

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.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal. 

 

SUBMIT

 

 

 

Area chairs

Margaret A. Weitekamp