Provocative Parables at the Intersection of the Secular and the Supernatural (PCA/ACA, Philosophy and Culture Area, panel/roundtable) (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

deadline for submissions: 
February 27, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Philosophy and Culture Area, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2-5, 2021,
contact email: 

Synopsis: A number of anniversaries in 2021 — including the tenth of the premiere of David Benioff and W.B. Weiss’ television series, Game of Thrones, Tom Perrotta’s novel, The Leftovers, and Terrence Malick’s film, The Tree of Life, and the twentieth of Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods — is a provocative occasion for a critical reexamination of these and related parables at the intersection of the secular and the supernatural, in their original formulations and as they have developed subsequently. (A few additional examples, albeit not enjoying similar anniversaries, include, say, The Dark TowerDuneGileadThe Handmaid’s Tale and The TestamentsHis Dark Materials and The Book of DustLostParable of the Sower and Parable of the TalentsRaised by Wolves, and The Satanic Verses.) The intended panel/roundtable will explore such a reexamination.

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, 2020, to Trip McCrossin, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, at: Selected participants will be added to the schedule by the Area's Chair. (Please do not submit directly using the conference website's dedicated submission link, especially if you may want to present in other ways, 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" (

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