The Stand, the Original Stephen King Novel and its Adaptations, in the Covid era (PCA/ACA, Stephen King Area, panel/roundtable) (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

deadline for submissions: 
February 27, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Stephen King Area, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2-5, 2021,
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In crises, many of us turn to literature and other forms of popular culture not only for comfort, but for insight, guidance. So it is in the "Covid era," that we have turned to "pandemic literature" and related forms for popular Culture, including Stephen King’s The Stand (1978, 1990) and its adaptations to date (1994, on television, and 2008 and 2012, in comics). Already provocative, the phenomenon is all the more so for Josh Boone's recent television adaptation, appearing amidst the ongoing pandemic, from December 17, 2020 through February 11, 2021 ( More so still, King, in writing the finale’s screenplay, has enriched the original’s conclusion. The intended panel/roundtable will explore the phenomenon as a whole, from a variety of perspectives.

All approaches are welcome.

Submission guidelines: Please forward a detailed abstract, roughly three to five hundred words in length, together with a cv, by February 27, 2021, to Trip McCrossin, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, at: Selected participants will be added to the schedule by the Area Chair. (Please do not submit directly using the conference website's dedicated submission link, especially if you may want to present otherwise, in accordance with the following guidelines: "One person cannot be added to more than one paper proposal per conference. You may only send one proposal to one area at one time. If for some reason, your abstract is not accepted by an area, you may then send it to an alternative area. However, an individual may submit one creative work or be a part of one roundtable in addition to presenting a paper" (

Inquiries, expressions of interest, general or particular, questions and concerns, and so on and so forth to: