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: 
November 16, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Stephen King Area, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2-5, 2021,
contact email: 

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 a second television adaptation set to appear in December of 2020, with the current pandemic still with us. More so still, King, in writing the finale’s screenplay, has extended the original’s conclusion. The intended panel/roundtable will address the phenomenon as a whole, from a variety of perspectives, in search of insight, guidance.


All approaches are welcome.


Submission guidelines: Please submit abstracts/proposals, up to 300 words in length, by November 16, 2020, to (i) the conference website’s dedicate submission link, at, and (ii) to Trip McCrossin, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, at Please forward interim inqurires and such to the latter.