CFP: Northeast Popular Culture Association

Submission deadline: June 1, 2018

Conference date(s):
October 19, 2018 - October 20, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Northeast Popular Culture Association, Worcester State University
Worcester, United States

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Call for Papers: Philosophy and Popular Culture
Conference: Northeast Popular Culture Association
Where: Worcester State University in Worcester, MA
When: October 19th-20th, 2018
Contact: Anthony G. Cirilla,

“Philosophy? I always preferred common sense.” This infuriating phrase has met the exasperated ears of many individuals invested in philosophy, whether people trained in the discipline, teaching in it, or simply appreciative of its value for society. Building bridges between philosophy and apparent “common sense,” however, depends upon those who have regard for philosophical discourse and inquiry. We are interested in papers that look at:

  • Philosophy as related to television shows, sitcoms, reality TV shows, sports, wrestling, etc
  • Problems of philosophy as they emerge on the big screen and film (live action or animated)
  • Videogames, board games, live participation in games such as LARPing, Dungeons and Dragons, or Cosplay
  • Fantasy, science fiction, and fiction novels and graphic novels, especially those with broad-base appeal and influence in their genre/niche
  • Other major arenas of popular culture which implicate philosophical discourse and have definable reach for analysis
  • Popular culture which conspicuously appeals to a major philosophical figure such as Aquinas, Plato, Descartes, Locke, Hobbes, Hume, etc (such as the show Lost)
  • Any major branch or sub-branch of philosophy as applied to popular culture, including:
  1. Epistemology
  2. Aesthetics
  3. Ethics
  4. Politics
  5. Metaphysics
  6. Philosophy of religion

Both analytical and continental styles and figures within philosophy are welcome, although clarity of analysis and subject matter are always appreciated. Please submit abstracts of between 350 and 400 words here by June 1st: Questions about submission to the CFP can be directed to Anthony G. Cirilla at Sending your abstract to him after submission through the NEPCA form is also recommended. For other questions, check the website:

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