PCA Material Culture 2019
POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION
2018 JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
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/
DEADLINE:1 OCTOBER 2018
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:
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 site. All 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