“The Future Imaginary in Collecting”

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Popular Culture Association PCA/ACA
contact email: 

Accepting Late Submissions: December 15, 2023


The Collecting and Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association invites papers on

“The Future Imaginary in Collecting” for the 2024 National PCA/ACA Conference to be held on March 27-30 in Chicago USA 


We would especially like to encourage submissions that contribute new directions and calls to the existing scholarship on “Collecting” and particularly address how collections/collectibles imagine the future.

Possible topics for presentations include but are not limited to:


  • Heritage collections and global futures
  • Heritage collections and indigenous futures
  • Transformational anxieties in collections/collectibles
  • Hybridization in collections
  • Collections and the revision of historiography
  • Historical ruptures in indigenous collectibles
  • Migratory collections and global economy
  • Collections and the production of migratory knowledge
  • Collections and the collective action of new social memory
  • Displacement and evasion in collections/collectibles
  • Collectibles/collections as construction
  • Collectibles/collections as narration/storytelling
  • Re-archiving and flexible archiving
  • Indigenous collectibles in the Digital Age
  • Ekphrasis of futures in collections/ collectibles
  • Visionary dispersal of indigenous collectibles
  • Counter Imaginaries in indigenous collectibles
  • Indigenous collectibles and mutability in new environments
  • Indigenous collectibles and alternative contexts of display
  • Imaginary worlds of collections from different cultures
  • Collections/collectibles and the future of reality
  • Collections/collectibles and authentic technology futurist
  • Substitutes of collectibles and resilient authenticity
  • Galleries/museums of the future
  • Botanical collectibles and scientific imaginaries


Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title); 100-word mini-biography, complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and contact telephone number). ACCEPTS UNDERGRADUATE SUBMISSIONS. Submissions will only be accepted through PCA website.

Please send all inquiries to:

Majda R. Atieh, PhD

Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman