Science and Technology in Popular Culture

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA)

The Science and Technology area of NEPCA encourages proposals for presentations that explore the relation of science and technology (broadly defined) to popular culture and to American culture. We are particularly interested in putting science, technology, culture, and the humanities in conversation with one another. How are science and technology represented in popular culture? How do we use popular culture to understand science and technology? And how do we use science and technology to understand narratives, art, and culture? What do we gain, what do we risk by approaching science and technology from the lens of the humanities, the humanities from the lens of science, by putting these disciplines in conversation with each other? 

Some topics may include:

  • representations of science and technology in print and visual culture
  • digital humanities 
  • cognitive science/cognitive humanities 
  • technology, environmental science, and ecocriticism 
  • science, the internet, and digital technology 
  • technology, race, and gender  
  • cultural influences on science and technology
  • popularization of science and technology
  • science education and technology in the classroom
  • the celebrity scientist and science fans 
  • science and technology in the museum
  • science, technology, the present, and the future
  • technologies of cultural production
  • Artificial intelligence and algorithmic culture

Please submit 250 word abstracts or full panels (3-4 papers) by August 1st through the NEPCA website:
Contact area chairs ( and with any questions.