Call for Papers:

Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design

National Conference, Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association’s (PCA/ACA), 21-25 March 2016, Seattle, WA (

The PCA/ACA is highly regarded in the academy with well over 5,000 academic oral presentations given internationally, two top-tier journals (The Journal of American Culture and Journal of Popular Culture), and over 3,000 members. This year’s Seattle conference should be exciting with papers on an enormous array of subjects. Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design is concerned with all areas and aspects of style, fashion, clothing, design, and related trends, as well as appearances and consumption using and/or including: historical sources, manufacturing, aesthetics, marketing, branding, merchandising, retailing, psychological/ sociological aspects of dress, body image, and cultural identities, in addition to any areas relating to purchasing, shopping, and the methods consumers construct identity.

Papers from all methods and disciplines are welcome! Innovative and new research, scholarship and creative works in the areas of fashion, design, the body and consumerism are encouraged!

The deadline for online abstract proposal of papers will be Thursday 1st October 2015.

Please do not email your abstract to an Area Chair, submissions can only be submitted via the site   Select a Subject Area, enter your proposal’s title and input a clearly defined abstract of your scholarship of no more than 250 words and a short 50-word bio (please review in the database your full name, university, abstract title and abstract for spelling & grammar). Submit only one proposal to one area. Multiple submissions are not allowed.

Key Dates:

1st  July 2015 – Proposal submissions open

1st  October 2015 – Registration opens

1st October 2015 – Deadline for paper proposals

15th October 2015 — Deadline to apply for Travel Grants

15th November 2015 – “Early Bird” registration deadline

15th December 2015 – Last day to register for the conference and remain listed in the program

1st January 2015 — Deadline to apply for JPC and JAC Graduate Student paper award

1st January  2016 – Preliminary schedule published on-line


Alphonso McClendon, Co-Chair, Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design,

Jessica Strübel, PhD., Co-Chair, Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design,

Joseph H. Hancock, II, PhD., Co-Chair and Executive Director of Events PCA/ACA,

Phone: 215-895-4937 (McClendon) or 610-564-6200 (Hancock)

CFP – Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design, Seattle, March 2016

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