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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 7-8 sessions each year. All philosophical approaches welcome. Non-philosophers must make clear the connection of their project to the philosophical tradition.


This year we especially encourage abstract submissions on two topics, broadly construed:

  • Philosophy and Music (we will be in Seattle, after all!)
  • Robots/AI Culture (there will be publication possibilities related to these sessions)

The number of panels for each of these special sessions will likely be limited to two each, leaving four sessions to be determined later.  In other words, half of this year’s program will be dedicated to other topics. For a list of some previously presented papers, see below.


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.


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

Jim Okapal, Ph.D.,

Missouri Western State University


(816) 271-5686



  • Cylons are People Too: Battlestar Galactica on Personhood and Biopolitics
  • The Philosopher from Another Place: Understanding Lynchian Metaphysics
  • The Rise of Public Philosophy: Bringing Philosophy Out of the Classroom
  • What’s So Funny? How Comedy Reveals Boundaries by Crossing Them
  • The Secret History of the Birth of Tragedy
  • Confucius, Socrates and Asimov Walk into a Bar—and in front of a Driverless Car
  • Pop! Goes the Rhizome: Deleuze and Pop Culture
  • The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Replication: Record Collecting as a Focal Practice
  • Commodity Fetishism and the Posthuman Object


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

James M. Okapal

Nicole Freim