Philosophy and Culture

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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 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


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 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

Submit a Presentation

Purchase a Membership

Purchase Registration (coming soon)

Grants and Awards (coming soon)

Areas That Accept Undergraduate Submissions

All Subject Areas

Conference Code of Conduct



Area chairs

James M. Okapal

Nicole Freim