CFP: Philosophy and Popular Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
41st Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Albuquerque
February 19 - 22, 2020
Stichtag: 2019 10 31

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st 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

In the last decade, 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.  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
    • Family Bonds and Filial Obligations
    • Free Will and Moral Responsibility
    • Applying Ethical Theory
    • Happiness
    • Consciousness and the Philosophy of Mind
    • 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

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

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, 2019.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2020. For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at

Contact: Sammuel R. Byer, PhD, Fort Hays State University,

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