Call for Papers

The Far West Popular and American Culture Associations (FWPCA/ACA) are open to anyone who studies popular culture worldwide and accepts papers on all aspects of popular culture as well as creative readings. The organization now in its 31st year was founded by Felicia Campbell who helped to pioneer the study of popular culture. The FWPCA/ACA is known for hosting its annual conference and publishing a biannual journal, Popular Culture Review.

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The FWPCA/ACA which recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary will host its 31st annual conference in Las Vegas, NV from February 22-24, 2019. The individuals who comprise the FWPCA/ACA are a group of scholars and enthusiasts from all disciplines worldwide as well as creative writers. Noted for its friendliness, the FWPCA/ACA offers a venue to come together and share ideas and interests. Some participants have been returning for over twenty-five years. Registration includes an opening reception with food and drink, continental breakfasts and lunch on Saturday. Las Vegas celebrities have been sighted at various events.

The conference is held from February 22-24, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Palace Station. Please send proposals for individual submissions or panels to felicia.campbell@unlv.edu by December 15, 2018. Please include a postal mailing address, affiliation and paper title. Early submission is encouraged.

 

 

Our keynote speakers:

Presenting
The FWPCA in Spaaaace!

Peter Steeves
Professor of Philosophy
DePaul University
with
Danielle Meijer
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University
Artistic Director, Aleph World Fusion Dance

This coming summer—on July 20, 2019—we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11’s successful landing on the moon and the first time humans set foot on a planetary body other than the Earth. Today, as we contemplate a future on Mars and perhaps even a Trump-led Space Force, the echoes of Matt Damon in The Martian and countless actors zipping around as Buck Rogers precede us. From Sputnik on, we always take the best and the worst with us wherever we go—even beyond the planet. For at least the last century, colonialism, racism, and patriarchy have been at the fore when we have conceptualized our presence in space. Yet there are outliers. Georges Méliès’ celebrated 1902 silent film, A Trip to the Moon, makes the problem of imperialism central to the narrative. Gil Scott-Heron’s indictment of privilege in the form of the poem/song, “Whitey on the Moon,” landed just weeks before Neil Armstrong took his small step. And long ago, native Hawaiians sang and danced praises to the moon without ever thinking it was appropriate to try to visit their lunar neighbor. From first orbits, to the moon, to Mars, and beyond, we will think together about the aesthetics, ethics, politics, and social-cultural import of space travel, inaugurating the thirty-first annual FWPCA/ACA with an evening featuring live dance performances and out-of-this-world surprises and souvenirs for everyone in attendance!