Mythology in Contemporary Culture

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


2016 Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA)
Annual National Conference, March 21-25
Sheraton Seattle
Seattle, WA

Mythology in Contemporary Culture

The frequent appearance of mythological figures and motifs in all areas of popular culture speaks to the notion that mythologies, far from being relics of the past, continue to have significance in the contemporary world. Movies, television, computer games, comics, graphic novels, traditional literature, visual arts, performing arts, politics, blogs—the list goes on–-contain both explicit and implicit epiphanies of archetypes such as Hermes and Isis and Kali, and of mythological narratives such as those found in classical Greek tragedies or medieval Grail legends, to name only a few examples. Contemporary revisionings and reinterpretations of ancient mythological elements reflect the attitudes of current culture.

Proposals that pertain to the general theme of Mythology in Contemporary Culture are welcomed. Please note that, for purposes of this area, the term “mythology” refers to traditional narrative mythology and does not include postmodern evaluations or deconstructions of such “mythologies” as capitalistic materialism, colonialism, or structuralism.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less directly to no later than October 1, 2015. General instructions for submitting proposals through the PCA website may be found here:

Questions about the Mythology in Contemporary Culture area may be directed to:

Kate Rittenhouse
(604) 836-5396