World’s Fairs and Expositions

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Call for papers: 

World Fair Researchers: It is that time of year again.

Call for Papers, please feel free to circulate to your networks.


Call for Papers: World Fairs and Expositions Area

Popular Culture Association Conference

17-20 April, Washington DC United States


The World Fairs and Expositions Area of the Popular Culture Association invites proposals for its 2019 national conference, to be held 17-20 April in Washington, D. C.. The 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 on nearly contemporary events, such as Expo 2015 in Milan or in Kazakhstan 1n 2017, or news of forthcoming fairs, like the fair planned for Dubai in 2020. We are interested in comparative approaches or thematic analyses that consider multiple expositions. But we are open to submissions on any and all world fairs and expositions.


 Controversy will not be shunned!


This is a thought-provoking group, and we welcome submissions from a cross-disciplinary approach, and to encourage a collegial atmosphere we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).

This year, since the meeting is at Washington, D. C., we can offer another attraction as well: Martin Manning, who worked for the USIA when it was overseeing US participation in world’s fairs and also a long-time area chair for the  World Fairs and Expositions are at Popular Culture conferences, will provide us a behind-the-scenes look at world’s fair holdings in the nation’s capital. 


Submission Guidelines:

Proposals in Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF  for individual papers or panels (250 words for individual papers, or for each paper on a panel) should be submitted through the PCA website. Please note that, per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area.


PCA offers several travel grants for graduatestudents and new academics. For information, see: www.pcaaca.org. Instructions for submission can be found at www.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php and submissionsmade at http://ncp.pcaaca.org.


Submission Deadline (earlier again this year): 1 October 2018


We look forward to seeing you Washington!
 If you have any questions, please contact the Area Co-Chairs:


Dr. Tom Prasch: tom.prasch@washburn.edu


Dr. Laurie Dalton: laurie.dalton@acadiau.ca

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