Popularizing STEM: Science and Technology in 21st-Century US Popular Culture

15-19 November 2021 (hybrid format conference)

Call for Presentations | Deadline August 31, 2021

We are particularly interested in presentations that seek to engage with questions of intersectional discrimination in STEM representations in popular culture, spanning from cultural products aimed at dissemination and debate on STEM to texts such as films, TV series, comics and graphic novels, genre fiction, video games, new media narratives.

  • ONLINE | panels and 4 keynotes
  • IN PRESENCE at Universidad de Alcalá, historical campus, Friday 19 November | 2 keynotes + workshop/seminars. If it will be feasible considering the changing COVID-19 related measures, we will allow selected panels to be carried out in person (if their participants wish to do so)

Discover our confirmed keynotes:

Discover our activities on-site (provisional):



The conference is organized by the PopMeC Association for US Popular Culture Studies, in collaboration with the Instituto Franklin-UAH located in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, ES) and the academic research project Fiction Meets Science.

Organizing committee: Michael Fuchs and Anna Marta Marini (coordinators), Laura Álvarez Trigo, Paula Barba Guerrero, Paul Mitchell, Dina Pedro, Erika Tiburcio.
On-site organization: Francisco Sáez de Adana, Ana Serra, Carlos Herrero (Instituto Franklin-UAH).