“We Who Wander this Wasteland in Search of Our Better Selves”: Survivalism, Community, and Identity within the Post-Apocalyptic Subculture at Wasteland Weekend


Rebecca Pace (University of Oregon)

Initially a Mad Max-themed car show, Wasteland Weekend has become a yearly gathering where wanderers of “The Wastes” convene for a week in the Mojave Desert, to escape, barter, and celebrate their survival in a post-apocalyptic alternative realm. Through information gathered from fieldwork research and participant observation, this presentation explores the personal motivations, artistic expression, and communal attributes central to the Wastelander identity.

Part of 24-01 Contested Traditions, Alternative Realms, Transformational Experiences, Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm