CFP: Material Culture papers for the PCA/ACA conference


The Material Culture Area of the PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2016 National Conference in Seattle, Washington, Wednesday, March 21st – Saturday, March 26th 2016.

The study of material culture offers an exciting area for interdisciplinary research and conversation, as it brings together those engaged in scholarly inquiry in areas as diverse as history, art history, design, decorative arts, cultural studies, consumer studies, literature, communications, anthropology, and sociology. Of particular interest are papers that address human-made material objects as primary source material for anthropological, geographical, sociological, historical, or area studies; papers that refer to contexts of various sorts in order to determine the origins, functions, or uses of human- made material objects; or methodological papers that theorize and critique “material culture” as a discipline for humanistic inquiry.

Past presentations in this area have focused on decorative arts and the construction of literary characters, the material culture of poverty, commemorative items, historic and modern furnishings and fashion, branding and marketing trends, and a wide range of associated topics. If you think your work might fit in the material culture area, we encourage you to submit a proposal. Professional academics, graduate students, practitioners, museum professionals, and independent scholars are all encouraged to apply.

Proposals for fifteen-minute papers should take the form of an abstract of up to 250 words and must be submitted electronically by 1 October 2015. To submit your proposal and/or to find additional information about the PCA/ACA and its annual conference click here. Please be sure to select “Material Culture” as the Area to which you submit your abstract. Although the site is pretty user friendly, find general instructions here.

Questions or concerns may be sent via email to Area Chair for Material Culture, PCA/ACA.

Heidi C. Nickisher, Ph.D. | School of Art — Art History
College of Imaging Arts & Sciences | RIT
73 Lomb Memorial Drive | Rochester, NY 14623-5603
office: 585.475.4996 | fax: 585.475-6447


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