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, 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; or 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; alternative culture and industrial space…. Indeed, there are a lot of possibilities!

 

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.  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 siteAll 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. Heidi C. Nickisher, hcnfaa@rit.edu

 

2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA

 

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.   

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022

 

Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 

 

Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

Submit a Presentation

Purchase a Membership

Purchase Registration (coming soon)

Grants and Awards (coming soon)

Areas That Accept Undergraduate Submissions

All Subject Areas

Conference Code of Conduct

 

 

Area chairs

Heidi Nickisher