PCA/ACA

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes

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Call for papers: 

 

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes (Ficociello and Bell)

Call for Proposals:  Sessions, Panels, Papers

POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

2020 JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

 

2020– Philadelphia – 4/15-4/18

For information on PCA/ACA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org

 

For conference information, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE:  NOVEMBER 24, 2019

In a hyper-mediated global culture, disaster events reach us with great speed and digital detail, and we begin forming, interpreting, and historicizing catastrophes simultaneously with people worldwide. Are we inside the era of disasters or are we merely inundated by mediated accounts of events categorized as catastrophic? How do these mediated accounts affect policy, poverty, and the public? Of particular interest is the question of what role do academics play in disaster culture and policy?

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.

General Topics

  • Eco Criticism, Eco Culture
  • Teaching ecocriticism and disasters
  • Trump Administration and Climate Policy
  • Global Warming, Climate Change
  • Deniers of climate change
  • Disaster capitalism
  • War Ecology
  • Slow Violence
  • Hyperobjects
  • Native Cultures and Eco-policies
  • TV and Film: The Walking DeadThe LeftoversFalling SkiesThe Dome, etc.
  • Zombie and Apocalyptic imaginaries
  • Social Media and disasters
  • Doomsday preppers
  • History and disasters
  • Eco/Culture Events
  • Disasters in popular culture
  • 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
  • Natural disasters in climate rhetoric
  • Disaster literature and art
  • Notions of national identity through disaster representation
  • Portraying suffering in news, digital culture, literature, and TV
  • Affective responses to disaster in local, national, and global contexts
  • Celebrity humanitarianism and disaster engagement
  • Distinctions between man-made and natural disaster
  • Public, private, and nonprofit responses to disaster
  • Epidemics, pandemics, and disease

 

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.

Although the site is pretty user friendly, find general instructions at

http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-conference/

Travel and research grants are available: http://pcaaca.org/grants/

 

Questions may be addressed to either:

Robert Ficociello
Holy Family University
Philadelphia, PA
disasterculture@yahoo.com

 

Robert Bell
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA
504.865.3094

disasterculture@yahoo.com

 

 

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 13, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully  registered for the conference.


Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

Area chairs

robert-bell-7468

robert-ficociello-7469