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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 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

Virtual conference


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 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Area chairs

Christy Fic

Nicole Freim