Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes (Ficociello and Bell)

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference
  • PCA/ACA National conference meeting location and dates

Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference

March 31-April 3, 2021

Boston, MA


  • Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes (Ficociello and Bell)Scope of the paper topics accepted under this area
  • Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes offers a forum for these questions and critical approaches surrounding the culture of disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and apocalypses in global art, literature, media, film, and popular culture. Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes will address broader disciplinary topics and innovative intersections of humanities, musicology, social science, literature, film, visual art, psychology, game studies, material culture, media studies, ecology, and information technology.
  • Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information to http://conference.pcaaca.org.
  • Deadline for Submissions: (November 1, 2020)
  • How to apply: http://conference.pcaaca.org
  • Questions may be addressed to either:
  • Robert Ficociello
    Holy Family University
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Robert Bell
  • disasterculture@yahoo.com
  • Other statements to include:

Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website.

Individuals must be current,  paid members to submit to the conference.

Links and Important Dates:

The list of deadlines, dates, links to submit, apply for grants, and get help on submitting will automatically be added to your area page on the PCA website. When you are posting the cfp on listservs, please direct all those interested to the main site (pcaaca.org), as the updated links for submission will be featured on the front page.


General topics

  • Cornoavirus Pandemic
  • Eco Criticism, Eco Culture
  • Teaching ecocriticism and disasters
  • Trump Administration and Climate Policy
  • Global Warming, Climate Change
  • Deniers of climate change
  • Disaster capitalism
  • War Ecology
  • Slow Violence
  • Hyperobjects
  • Native Cultures and Eco-policies
  • TV and Film: The Walking DeadThe LeftoversFalling SkiesThe Dome, etc.
  • Zombie and Apocalyptic imaginaries
  • Social Media and disasters
  • Doomsday preppers
  • History and disasters
  • Eco/Culture Events
  • Disasters in popular culture
  • Time and temporalities of disasters
  • Representations and narration of disaster
  • Disasters and personal narratives
  • Disaster aesthetics
  • Disaster metaphors, concepts and symbolic forms
  • Ethics and politics of disasters
  • Natural disasters in climate rhetoric
  • Disaster literature and art
  • Notions of national identity through disaster representation
  • Portraying suffering in news, digital culture, literature, and TV
  • Affective responses to disaster in local, national, and global contexts
  • Celebrity humanitarianism and disaster engagement
  • Distinctions between man-made and natural disaster
  • Public, private, and nonprofit responses to disaster
  • Epidemics, pandemics, and disease

Undergraduate submissions: If your area has been approved to accept undergraduate submissions, this will also be automatically added to your area page.