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The Philosophy and Culture Area is a welcoming and inclusive group which seeks any and all papers that explore the intersection of philosophy and culture.  We typically run 8 or more sessions each year. All philosophical approaches welcome. Non-philosophers must make clear the connection of their project to the philosophical tradition.


Given recent events, and the location of this year’s conference, we encourage submissions on hot-button topics concerning the Philosophy and Popular Culture of firearm access, abortion, book challenges, sex education, the legal system, etc.


Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone number). You must be a member of the PCA to submit an abstract. ONLY abstracts submitted through the PCA/ACA website may be considered for inclusion in the conference program.


A Note on Undergraduate Submissions:

Philosophy and Culture accepts individual undergraduate submissions and panel proposals. At the conference these sessions will be chaired by an Area Chair or, in the case of a group from one institution, a supervising faculty member.


Please send all inquiries to the Philosophy and Culture Area Chairs:


Christopher Innes, Ph.D.

Boise State University

[email protected]




Jim Okapal, Ph.D.,

Missouri Western State University

[email protected]



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2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
20 Dec-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
02 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends
03 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins
13 Jan-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
01 Feb-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
17 Mar-23 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


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. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal. 






Area chairs

James M. Okapal

Christopher M. Innes