Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design

All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Database.
Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. Exceptions and rules


Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design is seeking paper proposals for oral presentation at the annual conference.

Please join us in Indianapolis, Indiana March 28 through March 31, 2018 for the National Conference. We will be staying at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis (book early due to room-block maximums).

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 Indianapolis conference should be exciting with papers on an enormous array of subjects.

The deadline for online abstract proposal of papers will be October 1, 2017.

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:

Oct 1               Registration Opens

Oct 1               Deadline for Paper Proposals

Oct 15             All Sessions Entered into the Database by Area Chairs

Nov 15            Early Bird Registration Rate Ends

Dec 1               Preliminary Program Available

Dec 15             “Drop Dead” Date:  Participants Not Registered Removed from Program

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!

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Jessica Strübel, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design
University of Rhode Island
College of Business Administration
Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and
Design Department
Quinn Hall 303
Kingston, RI 02881
Joseph H. Hancock, II, Ph.D., Co-Chair and Executive Director of Events PCA/ACA
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Urban Center #110G
Philadelphia, PA. 19104