Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster Area
Call for Papers– DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster Area
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
43rd Annual Conference, February 23-26, 2022
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: November 14, 2021
Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 40th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/
The Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture Area is calling for papers about anything apocalyptic, dystopian, or disaster related. This can be in movies, television, literature, graphic novels, or any other cultural examples of disaster, dystopia, or the end of the world.
This year did not disappoint in these topics, including Squid Games, The Handmaid’s Tale, Station Eleven and many, many more. This area is interested in all types of theories, both real world and fictional. (We have plans to have roundtables on Music and the End of the World and one on Squid Games as well).
Please note that this area is specifically for those papers related to the apocalypse, dystopia, and/or disaster. For example, there is now a separate Zombie Culture area at the conference, so if the proposal is about the “zombie apocalypse” it goes here, but if it is just about zombies, then it goes to that area. See the Zombie Culture CFP at http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/
Ideas for topics on Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster (Not a Comprehensive List):
Film and TV: Good Omens, The Society, The Rim of the World, Mortal Engines, Westworld, The Expanse, The Handmaid’s Tale, I Think We’re Alone Now, Ready Player One, Stranger Things, A Quiet Place, Bird Box, Salvation, Star Trek Discovery, Into the Badlands, The Man in the High Castle, Resident Evil, Ghostbusters, Twelve Monkeys, The Scorch Trials, Jurassic World, Mad Max, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Killjoys, Dark Matter, Between, Edge of Tomorrow, The Giver, Godzilla, The 100, Divergent, Sharknado, This is the End, After Earth, Adventure Time, Falling Skies, The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, Terminator, 2012, The Core, Daybreakers, Zombieland, Night of the Comet, The War of the Worlds, Last Night, The Road, Dark Angel, Jericho, Children of Men, The Matrix, Crimson Tide, Invasion, V, Contagion, Dante’s Peak, The Island, The Day the Earth Stood Still and many more.
Literature: The Girl in Red, Life as We Knew It, When She Woke, Ready Player One, Find Me, The 5th Wave , Feed, Uglies, J,Station Eleven, Brave New World, The Bees, Rot and Ruin, Matched, Infinite Jest, Oryx and Crake, Breathe, World War Z, Pesthouse, The Road, Children of Men, Alas Babylon, The Stand and others.
Graphic Novels and video games: Y: The Last Man, Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, The Walking Dead
Real examples: “Prepper” communities and publications, political rhetoric, natural disasters, Paris or Orlando shootings, or Atomic culture. Apocalyptic rhetoric in politics and other areas Or any other works/topics related to apocalypse, dystopia, or disaster!
All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://conference.southwestpca.org/
For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at
Individual proposals for 15 minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words, as well as a brief summary of no more than 100 words.
For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.
The deadline for submissions has been EXTENDED to NOVEMBER 14, 2021!
SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1. For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/
Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/registration/
In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org
If you have any questions about the Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster area, please contact its Area Chair, Shane Trayers, Middle Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your submissions!