The Far West Popular Culture Association’s 34th annual conference will be held from March 4 to March 6, 2022.  Most sessions will be held in person at UNLV, with remote sessions being held on the afternoon of March 6.

Last year’s conference was entirely remote. To see videos of each conference session and digital copies of the papers presented, please visit the FWPCA 33 digital repository.

Each year, the conference offers a platform for sharing ideas that help us rethink how what we read, hear, watch, play, and create can tell us more about ourselves and each other.

What can you present at the conference? Most presenters develop a traditional academic paper, whose results they summarize in a 15-minute talk. If you have a completed paper at the time of the conference, it will be published as part of the proceedings. We do not claim exclusive copyright on works published in the proceedings, so you are free to submit it to a journal as well. Some present their own creative work, ranging from creative non-fiction to poetry. Others participate in roundtable panels discussing an aspect of popular culture. 

First held in 1988 in Las Vegas, the annual conference was the brainchild of  Felicia Campbell, who helped to pioneer the study of popular culture. Until her passing in 2020, Campbell served as the executive director of the FWPCA and driving force behind the conference. She tasked her UNLV colleague David G. Schwartz with taking on the responsibility of executive director, and he strives to carry on in her spirit.

Applications to the conference are now open. For more information, please see the  Call for Papers

To submit a paper and apply for the conference, please visit the registration page via UNLV’s Digital Commons.

Information about registration fees and accomodations is forthcoming.

For more information, please contact Dave Schwartz at