PCA Material Culture 2019

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Heidi Nickisher/Rochester Institute of Technology
contact email: 




Wardman Park Marriot

Wednesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 20, 2019


For information on PCA/ACA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org

For conference information, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/




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, sociology, and beyond. 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; fashion, branding, and marketing trends; alternative culture and industrial space… indeed, there are a lot of possibilities! Professional academics, graduate students, museum professionals, and independent scholars are all encouraged to apply.


We are considering proposals for sessions organized around a theme, special panels, and/or individual papers.  Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Panel proposals of four speakers are also encouraged and should include the following:


Panel Title

Name and contact information for the Panel Chair

Titles and abstracts of each paper

Contact information for each presenter


Proposals should take the form of an abstract of up to 250 words and must be submitted electronically by 1 October 2018. To submit your proposal, go to https://pcaaca.org/help/conference/submitting-proposals-conference and follow the instructions for creating an account. All submissions must be made through the conference submission siteAll presenters must be members of the PCA and must register for the conference.


Travel and research grants are available: https://pcaaca.org/resources/applying-pca-endowment-travel-grants


Please send any inquiries to the Area Chair for Material Culture,


Heidi C. Nickisher, Ph.D.

College of Art & Design | RIT

73 Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623-5603