World Fairs and Expositions Area, Popular Culture Association (PCA), invites proposals for its 2016 national conference. The Area covers all aspects of research on world’s fairs & universal expositions, including theme-specific events such as commemorations, horticultural exhibitions, and biennales.

We are particularly interested, because this coming year’s conference is being held in Seattle, to solicit contributions relating to the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle in 1962. It is an exhibition ripe for further examination from technological futurism, post-Sputnik Cold War politics, urban planning debates, and other issues. We also hope to use the opportunity of the conference to plan a visit to Seattle Center to tour the surviving remnants of the exhibition (stay tuned for details). Further, we encourage submissions for which 2016 marks a significant anniversary year, or for research on contemporary events, such as Expo 2015 in Milan.

Controversy will not be shunned!

This is a thought-provoking group, and we welcome submissions from a cross-disciplinary approach, and to encourage a collegial atmosphere we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).

Submission Guidelines:

  • In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, 250-word proposals for individual papers, should be submitted through the PCA website. Please note that, per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area.
  • PCA offers several travel grants for graduate students and new academics, information. Instructions for submission can be found on conference website and submissions made at this link1.

Any questions about the panel please contact the Area Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Tom Prasch: tom.prasch[at]
  • Dr. Laurie Dalton: laurie.dalton[at]
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