World’s Fairs and Expositions

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The World’s Fairs and Expositions area covers all aspects of research on world’s fairs and universal expositions, including theme-specific events such as commemorations, horticultural exhibitions, and biennales.

We look for research ranging from historical fairs to nearly contemporary events, or news of forthcoming fairs. We encourage contributions from a range of disciplines—historical, art-historical, architectural, museological—as well as interdisciplinary approaches. We are interested as well  in comparative approaches or thematic analyses that consider multiple expositions.

For the 2022 conference, given the planned siting in Seattle, we are especially interested in papers on Seattle’s own Century 21 Expo, as well as other West Coast fairs (San Diego, 1915-17 and 1935-36; San Francisco, 1915 and 1939-40; Spokane, 1974; Vancouver, 1986). We also especially encourage research on fairs that will, in 2022, be marking their sesquicentennial (the 1972 exhibitions in London, Christchurch, Lima, Lyon, and Kyoto) or centennials (the 2022 fairs in Marseilles, Christchurch, Tokyo, or Rio de Janeiro). But contributions on all fairs are welcome.

This is a thought-provoking group, and we  encourage a collegial atmosphere. We invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor). Abstracts (250 words) and brief (one-page) cvs should be submitted to both of the area co-chairs, Laurie Dalton (laurie.dalton@arcadiau.ca) and Thomas Prasch (tom.prasch@washburn.edu).  



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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Area chairs

Laurie Dalton

Thomas Prasch