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 are also interested in research relating to how world’s fairs connect to other cultural spheres: to museum development, urban planning, or artistic movements, for example.

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 2023 conference, given the planned siting in San Antonio, we are especially interested in papers on San Antonio’s own Hemisfair (1968). We also especially encourage research the Vienna Weltausstellung of 1873, since this meeting will coincide with its sesquicentennial. But contributions on any world’s fair or international exhibition is welcomed.

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 through the PCA conference site. Direct any questions to both of the area co-chairs, Laurie Dalton ([email protected]) and Thomas Prasch ([email protected]).  



2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


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. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal.