Many key elements of PASC grew out of Philadelphia à la Pataphysique, a multi-disciplinary series of scholarly and artistic events in March of 2014 that focused on the influence of Alfred Jarry and his concept of 'pataphysics on various avant-gardes. Several of the individuals and groups that were involved in Philadelphia à la Pataphysiquethe Kislak Center, Slought Foundation, the Kelly Writers House, International Houseare also involved in PASC, and the same broadly interdisciplinary approach to avant-garde studies is central to PASC’s mission.