PCA/ACA

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes

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Accepts undergraduate submissions

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes offers a forum for these questions and critical approaches surrounding the culture of disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and apocalypses in global art, literature, media, film, and popular culture. Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes will address broader disciplinary topics and innovative intersections of humanities, musicology, social science, literature, film, visual art, psychology, game studies, material culture, media studies, ecology, and information technology.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information to http://conference.pcaaca.org. Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website. Individuals must be current,  paid members to submit to the conference.

General Topics

  • Coronavirus Pandemic
  • War as Disaster
  • Eco Criticism, Eco Culture
  • Teaching ecocriticism and disasters
  • Natural Disasters
  • Global Warming, Climate Change
  • Disaster capitalism
  • Disasters and minority populations
  • War Ecology
  • Slow Violence
  • Hyperobjects
  • Native Cultures and Eco-policies
  • Apocalyptic TV and Film
  • Zombie and Apocalyptic imaginaries
  • Social Media and disasters
  • Doomsday preppers
  • Time and temporalities of disasters
  • Representations and narration of disaster
  • Disasters and personal narratives
  • Disaster aesthetics
  • Disaster metaphors, concepts and symbolic forms
  • Ethics and politics of disasters
  • Disaster literature and art
  • Notions of national identity through disaster representation
  • Portrayal of suffering in news, digital culture, literature, and TV
  • Celebrity humanitarianism and disaster engagement
  • Distinctions between man-made and natural disaster
  • Public, private, and nonprofit responses to disaster

Questions may be addressed to either:

 

Robert Ficociello

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

disasterculture@yahoo.com

 

Robert Bell

University of North Carolina Asheville

Asheville, NC

disasterculture@yahoo.com

 

2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01 Sept-21 Submissions Open 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

Virtual conference

 

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

Area chairs

Robert Bell

Robert Ficociello