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




2017 Popular Culture Association (PCA) & American Culture Association (ACA) Joint National Conference,
April 12-15
Marriott Marina, San Diego


Call for Papers

The Mythology in Contemporary Culture area is dedicated to exploring mythological stories, figures and themes from all cultures and historical periods in all areas of popular culture. The frequent appearance of mythological motifs in all areas of popular culture speaks to the notion that mythologies, far from being relics of the past, continue to have significance. Contemporary revisionings and reinterpretations of ancient mythological elements reflect the attitudes of current culture. Movies, television, computer games, comics, graphic novels, traditional literature, visual arts, performing arts, politics, blogs—the list goes on–-hold both explicit and implicit renderings of archetypes such as Thor and Aphrodite and Kali, and of mythological narratives such as those found in classical Greek tragedies and medieval Grail legends, to name only a few examples.

Proposals that pertain to the general theme of Mythology in Contemporary Culture are welcome. We are considering proposals for individual papers and/or panels organized around a theme. Sessions are 90 minutes, typically with four presenters per session.  Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.

To submit your panel or presentation, go to and follow the instructions for creating an account and making your submission.  All submissions must be made through the conference submission site. For individual papers, please submit a title and 100-250 word abstract.  For themed paper sessions, each presenter should enter her/his own proposal and the chair should contact Dr. Rittenhouse to assemble the papers into a panel.

Deadline: October 1, 2016

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

Kate Rittenhouse, Ph. D.
(604) 836-5396