Welcome to Happiness and Culture,

a Special Topic at the

2023 National Conference of the

Popular Culture Association (PCA)

April 5 – 8, 2023

San Antonio, TX


This website accompanies the Call for Papers, issued by the Special Topic Happiness and Culture, to be presented at the 2023 National Conference of the Popular Culture Association in San Antonio, TX. International submissions are welcome. The deadline for paper proposals has been extended. Proposals are now due January 10, 2023. (See Call for Papers)

Happiness and Culture is a new area of interdisciplinary research focusing on the relationship between happiness (understood as subjective wellbeing) and broadly defined popular culture.

Building on findings of psychologists, neuroscientists, and economists (for example, that to be happy people need both positive emotions and a sense that their life has a purpose), we explore the role that culture and related products and institutions (such as, popular arts and rituals, education, economic trends, dominant scientific paradigms, social media, and advertising) play in constructing and/or popularizing different definitions and theories of happiness and how best to pursue it.

We are also interested in the impact that human desire for happiness has on cultural products and practices and on the relevant cultural institutions and industries (for example, film, television, and popular sports).

While primarily designed to assist those wishing to submit a paper proposal, the website might be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the topic.

What You Will Find Here

Among other pertinent materials, you will find the background information about the topic, the key concepts, the names of leading scholars, the academic fields that study it, as well as a wide range of exciting ideas for paper topics.

 For more information about the PCA and the conference or to submit a proposal please visit http://www.pcaaca.org.

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