World’s Fairs and Expositions

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Call for papers: 

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

World Fairs and Expositions Area

Popular Culture Association Conference

June 2-5, 2021 

The World Fairs and Expositions Area of the Popular Culture Association invites proposals for its 2021 national conference, to be held June 2-5, in Boston, MA. 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 ranging from historical fairs to nearly contemporary events, or news of forthcoming fairs. 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). 


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 graduate students and new academics. For information, see: www.pcaaca.org


We look forward to seeing you Boston!

 If you have any questions, please contact the Area Co-Chairs: 

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

Dr. LaurieDalton: laurie.dalton@acadiau.ca



2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
11-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available

June 2-5, 2021 

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.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.












Area chairs

Laurie Dalton

Thomas Prasch