Sustainability in/as Collecting

deadline for submissions: 
December 20, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
2023 National PCAACA Conference
contact email: 

The Collecting and Collectibles Area of the Popular Culture Association invites papers on “Sustainability in/as Collecting” for the 2023 National PCAACA Conference. We would especially like to encourage submissions that contribute new directions and calls to the existing scholarship on “Collecting” and particularly address ecological continuity in the varied geographical, cultural, linguistic, and literary collectibles.


Possible topics for presentations include but are not limited to:


  • modes of collecting
  • immortality of the collection
  • disposition of the collection
  • collecting and hoarding practices                                  
  • Thing theories
  • environmental aspects of collecting
  • Collecting and anthropocentric awareness
  • Collecting and ecological consciousness
  • the psychology of collecting
  • self-extension and collecting
  • pathology and collecting
  • collectibles as stories
  • writing and collecting
  • collectibles in literary narratives and indigenous archives
  • seriality in collecting
  • serial writers as collectors
  • re-membering and collecting
  • galleries of Mind
  • historical continuity/disruption in collectibles
  • collecting cultures and communities 
  • gender identity in collecting
  • collecting in/as contemporary popular culture
  • collecting and modernity
  • collecting as consumption/production activity
  • collecting and/as material culture
  • traditional collecting vs. virtual collecting


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