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Philosophy and Popular Culturs (Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference )

DePaul University, Chicago, IL DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604
Organization: Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association
Event: Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference
Categories: Postcolonial, Graduate Conference, American, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, British, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-10-06 to 2023-10-08 Abstract Due: 2023-04-30


Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference 

Friday-Sunday, 6-8, October 2023 

DePaul University, Chicago, IL 
DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 362-8000


The Philosophy and Popular Culture Subject Area welcomes submissions to the 2023 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference.

We are seeking proposals on anything to do with popular culture and how philosophy shines a light on popular culture or philosophy is found in popular culture. Your proposal can be general with no reference to an artifact, such as a Netflix series or an object such as a house. Or, it can be a concentration on an artifact. My presentation will be on the philosophical fallacy of Sunk Cost found in the HBO series Better Call Saul. Others have presented on philosophical issues found in popular culture with no reference to an artifact. For example, some have discussed evangelism in a general sense without an artifact being mentioned.

Please upload an abstract proposal of no more than 250 words on any aspect of philosophy and popular culture to the Subject Area.

Submit paper, abstract, or panel proposals (including the title of the presentation) to the appropriate Area on the Submissions website at https://www.mpcaaca.org/submit-panels 

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for competitively awarded
MPCA/ACA travel grants at http://mpcaaca.org/info/travel-grants/.
If you have questions about the Folklore Subject Area, please email MycWiatrowski at michwiat@indiana.edu.

This is the second year of having our conference at a University instead of a hotel; therefore, conference participants will be responsible for securing their own lodging. 

Individuals may only submit one paper. Do not submit the same paper to more than one Area. Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2023. 


Please include your name, affiliation, and e-mail address of each author/participant. A preliminary version of the schedule will be posted on our website around August 2023. The final version will be distributed in hard copy at the conference. 

Special Notes Regarding Proposal Submissions: (1) AV equipment will be provided. The Association does not provide laptops, cords, or speakers. (2) If necessary, indicate and submit potential scheduling conflicts along with your proposal. (3) If you wish your presentation to be listed as MACA (rather than MPCA), please include this request with your proposal. 

Please plan to attend the entire conference. Panels will run at the following approximate times: Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am -5:30 pm, and Sunday 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Special events may include game night on Thursday evening, featured speakers and awards ceremony on Friday evening, and a keynote speaker on Saturday evening. These events will be free for conference registrants. Area Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting. 

MEMBERSHIP DUES & REGISTRATION FEES: Membership renewal forms for the 2023 calendar year and 2023 conference registration forms will be available on the website in the coming weeks. All participants must register for the conference. Registration is $100 for undergraduate students with ID, $150 for reduced rate members (graduate students with ID, retirees, and unemployed), and $180 for regular members. There will be a $15 late fee for registration on-site or postmarked after September 15, 2023. (This fee is waived for residents of countries other than the USA or Canada.) Payment on-site will be by cash, check, or via credit card on Square. To preregister, send a check anytime to Paul Booth, Communication, DePaul University, 1 E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604. Make check payable to Midwest Popular Culture Association. A registration-membership form may be printed from our website at <http://www.mpcaaca.org>. 

Day passes will be available for guests of the conference who are not presenting a paper. 

Attendees are financially responsible for all costs related to their participation in the conference, e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, registration, membership, etc. Graduate students are invited to apply for competitively awarded travel grants from MPCA/MACA. Details on these grants are available here. 

Cancellation Policy: If you submit a proposal (or if you accept an invitation to appear on a panel), you are promising to attend the conference if your proposal is accepted, and you are promising to pay the conference registration fee, the Association membership fee, and a late fee of $15 if applicable. If your proposal is accepted and you do not attend the conference, it is expected that you will (1) notify all members of your panel, your Area Chair, and the MPCA/MACA President (Julia Largent Kuttler) of your cancellation; (2) provide such notification as early as possible; (3) arrange to have your paper distributed at the panel; (4) arrange for somebody else to carry out any other duties you may have; and (5) pay your membership and registration fees (plus late fee if applicable). If conditions 1-5 are met, you may file a written request, after the conference, for a refund of half your registration fee. For co-authored papers, all authors are welcome and encouraged to attend, but only one author is required to attend. 

COVID-19: The Midwest Popular Culture Association continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. At this point, we intend for the conference to go ahead as planned in-person in October of 2023. Please note that the deadline for registration is September 15, 2023. In the event that the conference is moved into a virtual setting, postponed, or canceled, we will notify you and provide you with information as to how the organization will respond as soon as possible. Please check the MPCA website or follow MPCA on Twitter or Facebook for the latest information.



Christopher M. Innes