CALL FOR PAPERS
Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Georgia Southern University
Pop Culture and Philosophy
April 20, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Robert Arp
Paper Submission Due Date: March 1, 2013
How do the films and television we watch, the books we devour, the
music we listen to, the art we gaze at, the very culture from which we
emerge orient us in the world and determine our understanding of
reality, our faith in reason, our hope to discover a concrete ethic to
guide our lives and choices. In short, how much does popular culture
dialogue with philosophy and how have philosophers responded to her?
This spring we invite undergraduate students to submit papers spanning
the history of philosophy dealing with topics related to pop culture.
Papers analyzing the philosophical value/disvalue and/or meaning
/consequences of particular films, books, TV shows, music and social
media will be especially welcomed. We also look forward to papers on
philosophers who have repeatedly attempted to think about the role of
culture in creating a society and/or damaging a community (e.g. Plato
and the poets, Nietzsche and German opera, etc.). Finally, we will
also have panels devoted to philosophy papers in general, so feel free
to submit outstanding class papers for which you would like to get
Papers can be no longer than 4,000 words though shorter papers are
welcomed. Group presentations may also be submitted. Deadline for
submission is March 1, 2013. To ask questions about the conference and to submit a paper,
please contact conference coordinator, Dr. Danielle A. Layne, at
The top papers will be published in Georgia Southern undergraduate
philosophy journal: The Indefinite Dyad. We are also planning to
present a production of Sartre’s No Exit at this year’s reception.
Sponsored by the Center for Learning Enrichment Committee and Georgia
Southern University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and
the Department of Literature and Philosophy.