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Accepts undergraduate submissions

The Travel and Tourism area of the Popular Culture Association delves into subject areas such as travel literature, dark tourism, film tourism, music tourism, LGBTQ+ travel, and just about anything else that is related to travel and tourism.   


The area of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) is seeking proposals for individual papers analyzing any aspect of travel and tourism in popular culture. Proposals might focus on travel literature, the psychology of travel, the history of tourism, the pedagogy of travel, resorts/hospitality/eco-tourism, student learning and travel courses, animals and travel, tourists and tourism, LGBTQ+ travel, medical tourism, dark tourism, travel souvenirs, leisure travel or business travel, hotel/motel culture, automobile/ship/air/space trips, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel and tourism, and just about anything to do with travel and tourism in popular culture. Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four 15-minute presentations per standard session. All presenters must be members of PCA and register for the conference. 


Undergraduate submissions are welcome. An undergraduate presenter must have a faculty sponsor.* This faculty member must also attend the conference, particularly the session in which the student presents. It is the responsibility of the sponsor to help the student prepare by explaining conference etiquette (both for presenters and for attendees) and working with the student on the presentation. We encourage students to discuss their ideas with their sponsor before submitting a proposal, to seek feedback on the draft, and to rehearse the presentation for critique. *[If, for some reason, a faculty sponsor cannot attend the conference, the faculty sponsor should confirm mentoring the undergraduate presenter with a letter to the Area Chair, and the Area Chair would serve as a stand-in co-sponsor at the conference.] 


Submission requirements: Follow the instructions for creating an account and then making your submission of an abstract (300 words max). All submissions must be made through the PCA submission site.   


Contact: Matt Mosley, PhD, Travel and Tourism area chair, [email protected]   Please note in the subject line this is for PCA. 



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
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 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. 






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