Call for Papers: Philosophy and Popular Culture Area, Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Spring 2023

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
February 22, 2023 to February 25, 2023
Location: 
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
Philosophy, Popular Culture Studies, Literature

Call for Papers

Philosophy and Popular Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

 

44th Annual Conference, February 22-25, 2023

Marriott Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

http://www.southwestpca.org

Submissions open on August 15, 2022

Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2022

 

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 44th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

 

In the last few decades, there has been a dedicated exploration of popular culture as it relates to aspects of philosophy, and a dedicated exploration of how philosophy relates to popular culture (see, for example, the And Philosophy and the Philosophy and Popular Culture series at https://andphilosophy.com/books/ and http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm).  As such, we welcome proposals that investigate and examine the intersections between philosophy and popular culture. Any and all aspects of philosophy and popular culture will be considered.  This includes traditional Western conceptions of philosophy, as well as non-Western philosophy (e.g. Indian Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, et cetera).  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • General areas of philosophy explored or engaged in popular culture (Metaphysics, Ethics, Epistemology, Logic)
  • Specific philosophical issues explored or engaged in popular culture, including but not limited to
    • Personal Identity
    • The Afterlife
    • Justice
    • Family Bonds and Filial Obligations
    • Free Will and Moral Responsibility
    • Speech Acts
    • Applying Ethical Theory
    • Happiness
    • Punishment and Reconciliation
    • Sex, Race, and Gender
    • Power
    • Consciousness and the Philosophy of Mind
    • Absurdity
    • General Metaphysical Schemas
    • Knowledge and Skepticism
    • The Existence of God
    • Natural Kinds and Social Construction
    • Love, Sex, and Friendship
    • The Meaning of Life
  • Views of philosophy in popular culture
  • Philosophical frameworks or outlooks engaged in popular culture
  • Representations of philosophy and/in popular culture
  • Philosophy and film
  • Philosophy and television
  • Philosophy and the fine arts
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Philosophy and graphic novels/comic books
  • Issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and popular culture

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca

 

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/

 

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.  

 

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.  

 

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2022.  

 

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2023.  SWPACA also offers travel fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

 

Registration and travel information for the conference will be available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/

For 2023, we are excited to be at a new venue, the Marriott Albuquerque (2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110), which boasts free parking and close proximity to dining, shopping, and other delights.

 

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org/

 

If you have any questions about the Philosophy and Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Sammuel (Rob) Byer, Ph.D., Fort Hays State University, at srbyer@fhsu.edu. If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at support@southwestpca.org, and a member of the executive team will get back to you.

 

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Contact Info: 

If you have any questions about the Philosophy and Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Sammuel (Rob) Byer, Ph.D., Fort Hays State University, at srbyer@fhsu.edu. If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at support@southwestpca.org, and a member of the executive team will get back to you.

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