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Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes: PCA/ACA 2018 3/28-3/31 Indianapolis

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes: PCA/ACA 2018 3/28-3/31 Indianapolis


PCA/ACA 2018 Indianapolis, IN

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes (Ficociello and Bell)

The PCA/ACA annual conference is March 28 through March 31 in Indianapolis, Indiana

In a hyper-mediated global culture, disaster events reach us with great speed and digital detail, and we begin forming, interpreting, and historicizing catastrophes simultaneously with people worldwide. Are we inside the era of disasters or are we merely inundated by mediated accounts of events categorized as catastrophic? How do these mediated accounts affect policy, poverty, and the public? Of particular interest is the question of what role do academics play in disaster culture and policy?

Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes offers a forum for these questions and critical approaches surrounding the culture of disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and apocalypses in global art, literature, media, film, and popular culture. Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes will address broader disciplinary topics and innovative intersections of humanities, musicology, social science, literature, film, visual art, psychology, game studies, material culture, media studies, ecology, and information technology.


  • General Topics
  • Eco Criticism, Eco Culture
  • Trump Administration and Climate Policy
  • Global Warming, Climate Change
  • Deniers of climate change
  • Disaster capitalism
  • War Ecology
  • Slow Violence
  • Hyperobjects
  • Native Cultures and Eco-policies
  • TV and Film: The Walking Dead, The Leftovers, Falling Skies, The Dome, etc.
  • Zombie and Apocalyptic imaginaries
  • Social Media and disasters
  • Doomsday preppers
  • History and disasters
  • Eco/Culture Events
  • Disasters in popular culture
  • Time and temporalities of disasters
  • Representations and narration of disaster
  • Disasters and personal narratives
  • Disaster aesthetics
  • Cultures of risk and uncertainty
  • Disaster metaphors, concepts and symbolic forms
  • Ethics and politics of disasters
  • Natural disasters in climate rhetoric
  • Disaster literature and art
  • Notions of national identity through disaster representation
  • Portraying suffering in news, digital culture, literature, and TV
  • Affective responses to disaster in local, national, and global contexts
  • Celebrity humanitarianism and disaster engagement
  • Distinctions between man-made and natural disaster
  • Public, private, and nonprofit responses to disaster
  • The ideological and financial interests of global capitalism in the recovery process
  • Epidemics, pandemics, and disease


Key Dates:

  • Jul 1 Database Opens for Submissions
  • Oct 1 Registration Opens
  • Oct 1 Deadline for Paper Proposals
  • Oct 15 All Sessions Entered into the Database by Area Chairs
  • Nov 15 Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
  • Dec 1 Preliminary Program Available
  • Dec 15 “Drop Dead” Date: Participants Not Registered Removed from Program
  • Jan 1, 2018 Final Program to the Publisher


All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Database:
Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time.
Exceptions and rules

Questions may be addressed to either:

Robert Ficociello
Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

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Robert Bell
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA

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