Philip K. Dick and the Counterculture
The first PKD Day to be held at Birmingham City University
Saturday 23rd of April 2016
Philip K. Dick’s cultural stock has continued to rise since his untimely death in 1982, and with the past year seeing the release of Amazon’s series based on his counter-historical The Man in the High Castle, the trend seems set to continue. This one-day conference seeks to explore evolving conceptions of culture and the countercultural through the lens of the life and works of a countercultural figure who appears to be in danger of recuperation. In some ways this is not surprising: Dick’s science-fictional thought experiments are the countercultures that precede the culture, the culture-beds in which new cultures are cultivated. But how do we read Dick’s engagement with the radical psychoanalytic, marxist, feminist and race movements of the 1960s and 70s in light of his burgeoning ubiquity? How might we vouchsafe the subversive potential of his legacy?
Topics for presentations might include but are not limited to:
- Counterculture and genre
- Life-writing and counterculture
- Countercultural religious experience
- Cultural change
- Cultural homogenisation
- Cultural resistance
- Drug cultures
We welcome proposals for twenty minute presentations from both creative and academic practitioners, and from undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and established scholars. Please send a 300 word outline of your idea to Tom Knowles firstname.lastname@example.org by the 3rd of March 2016.