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: World Fairs and Expositions Area

Popular Culture Association Conference

15-18 April, 2020 Philadelphia PA, United States

The World Fairs and Expositions Area of the Popular Culture Association invites proposals for its 2019 national conference, to be held 15-18 April in Philadelphia, PA. 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 especially interested in works on our host city’s exhibition, the Centennial Exposition of 1876, and exhibitions for which 2020 marks a significant anniversary (like Sydney, Australia in 1870, Shanghai, China in 1920, or Osaka, Japan in 1970). 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 in Philadelphia, PA, we can offer another attraction as well: Philadelphia was the site for the Centennial Exposition in 1876, we plan to tour the remnants of the exposition in Fairmount Park, including Memorial Hall (now home to the Please Touch museum).


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


Submission Deadline: November 24, 2019 


We look forward to seeing you Philadelphia!
 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



2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 13, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
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.

Area chairs

Laurie Dalton

Thomas Prasch