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Accepts undergraduate submissions

The Travel and Tourism 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.]


To submit your presentation, go to http://pcaaca.org. 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 the Travel and Tourism area chair, Christy Fic (cmfic@ship.edu), with questions.




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.

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Areas That Accept Undergraduate Submissions

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Conference Code of Conduct



Area chairs

Christy Fic

Nicole Freim