The Far West Popular Culture Association’s 34th annual conference will be held from March 4 to March 6, 2022 in person at UNLV.

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.

Registering for the Conference

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.

Early bird registration (until January 1, 2022) is $130

Standard registration (after January 1, 2022) is $150

To pay for the conference, please visit the FWPCA’s Square site or send a check by mail, payable to “NSHE Board of Regents,” to:

Far West Popular Culture Association
c/o Lied Library Business & Finance
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 457001
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7001

Please indicate that the check is for FWPCA registration in the subject line.


If you are coming from out of town, The Hyatt Place Las Vegas Paradise is our host hotel. The hotel is about a 5-minute walk from the conference venue on the UNLV campus. It is about a 3-minute drive from the airport and about a 5-minute drive from the strip. You will also find plenty of food around the area.  The address is Hyatt Place Las Vegas, 4520 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169 if you would like to look on Google Maps ahead of time. We have a group rate of $129 a night. This includes breakfast! You can reserve your room by calling 888-492-8847 and mentioning you are attending the FWPCA conference OR email to receive a link to make reservations online. Make sure to reserve your room before February 11th, 2022 to get the group discount. Reach out if you have any questions about room reservations. 

For more information, please contact Dave Schwartz at