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Call for papers: 


Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

April 15-18, 2020


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The Visual Culture area of the PCA/ACA Conference is a vibrant contributor to the national conference and encourages presentations in traditional, non-traditional, and emerging areas of study from academics, non-academics, students and scholars at all stages of their careers.


We are currently seeking proposals for panel sessions and individual presentations that engage with issues, ideas, and practices related to visual culture, including but not limited to:

  • Traditions and conventions associated with visual culture
  • Studio art practices and theories
  • Image-focused theory
  • Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and intermedia as they inform visual culture
  • Architecture
  • Art history and theory (all periods)
  • Photography
  • Journalism and photojournalism (television and print media)
  • Film and cinematic culture
  • Public art (graffiti, murals, public commissions and installations)
  • New media and computer-based issues in visual culture
  • Advertising
  • Graphic design
  • Design history and theory
  • Visual culture and everydayness
  • Comparative studies and multiculturalism in visual culture(s)
  • Visual culture and the subversion of grand narratives
  • Modes of seeing, “reading” and experiencing the visual
  • Verbal, visual, and performative relationships
  • Iconographic studies
  • Aesthetics


Beginning on August 1, 2019, interested individuals should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) for their proposed panel or paper and provide all requested contact details via the PCA/ACA online submission portal, which can be found at: http://conference.pcaaca.org. Should you have questions about the online submission process, please see http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-conference/.  


The deadline for submission of all abstracts is November 1, 2019


Please direct any queries regarding the Visual Culture area to the Visual Culture Area Co-Chairs:

Dr. Royce W. Smith, Dean and Professor, College of Arts & Architecture, Montana State University


Dr. Jeffrey L. Schneider, Professor, St. Louis Community College, Meramec





2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                 Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 1, 2019           Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 1, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 15, 2020             Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2020             Presenter Registration Deadline – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Registration ends for presenters at midnight.
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully  registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

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