Call for Papers:World Fairs and Expositions Area


The World Fairs and Expositions Area, Popular Culture Association (PCA), invites proposals for its 2016 national conference, to be held 21-25 March 2016 in Seattle, Washington. 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!

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 and submissions made at

Submission Deadline (earlier than usual this year): 1 October 2015


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

Dr. Tom Prasch:

Dr. Laurie Dalton:

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