Vehicle Culture

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Humanity has always been on the move, and humans have always been attached to their means of transportation.  There is virtually no part of life that has not been shaped by the contemporary vehicles, public or private, by which people have gotten around.  Where we live and work and how and with whom we spend our leisure time would not be the same without our vehicles.  Our landscape has been reshaped and our built environment configured to accommodate them.   Poetry, literature, music, film, television, photography, Internet sites, and other arts have featured them. They often stand at the forefront of significant technological change and have always been the source of competition, professional and amateur, real and virtual. Sometimes they have been celebrated and sometimes reviled, but we have never been indifferent to their importance.  Our vehicles have made—or are believed to have made—powerful statements about race, gender, ethnicity, wealth, politics, social class, and personality.  Vehicle culture—about ships, boats, planes, trains, automobiles, motorcycles, and whatever else has moved us—concerns how all of this has been, and is, happening


We invite abstracts for papers and panel proposals that explore the diverse intersections between vehicles, vehicular transportation, and culture.  We are committed to serious academic scholarship while also encouraging the exploration of new subjects or new approaches to more familiar ones.  


  • Social Perspectives of Vehicle Culture
  • Vehicle History and Business
  • Vehicle Culture across Industry
  • Vehicles and Their Humans
  • The Once and Future Automobile

Example Titles

  • A little dragon conquering the world: How the Korean automobile and gaming industry influence the global market
  • Demystifying the Fork-Tailed Devil: The Origins of 1950s Fins
  • Hands Off the Wheel: The Coming Case for Banning Human-Driven Vehicles
  • Pink Power: The Barbie Car and Female Automobility
  • You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby:  How the Winchesters’ 1967 Impala Escapes Supernatural’s Treatment of Female Characters
  • Vehicle Dwellers-Homeless or Liberated Anti-Materialists: History and Trends
  • Video Games Democratizing, Teaching, and Curating Car Culture


Submission requirements

We accept abstracts (maximum 250 words). We do not accept undergraduate submissions at the moment



Dr Amee Kim

Christ Church Business School, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU, United Kingdom

[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
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.