Popular and American Culture Studies
Many Faces, Many Voices:
Intersecting Borders in Popular
and American Culture

Join us for the 36th Annual SWPACA Conference

February 11 - 14, 2015, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Registration and Travel and Hotel Options

Front Page News

  • Writing the Cultural Landscape

    Led by 2012 New Mexico Poet Laureate Levi Romero, Writing the Cultural Landscape is an informal writing workshop that will provide the opportunity for conference attendees to immerse themselves in Albuquerque’s cultural environment. Beyond the beauty of the city’s mountains, sunsets, architecture, and the Río Grande, is a landscape vibrant with people, culture, stories, and [...]

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  • Empathy Game Design: A Quick Introduction

    Led by Carly Kocurek (Illinois Institute of Technology), participants will explore the emerging genre of empathy games, which includes titles such as Depression Quest, Spent, That Dragon, Cancer, and dys4ia,and work collaboratively to conceptualize games of their own. No technical knowledge or prior experience is necessary. The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the [...]

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  • In the Beginning . . . Why Ray Browne Still Matters

    Ray Browne founded the Popular Culture Association in 1970, in part, as a reaction to the elitist academic organizations of his day. He helped make the term popular culture synonymous with common culture; today “pop culture” is discussed everywhere—from the classroom to the board room. Professor Browne established two associations, fostered two reviewed journals, established [...]

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  • From Concept to Book Workshop: Cynthia Miller and Stephen Ryan

    Wondering how to turn that terrific idea, conference paper, or article into a book-length publication?  This workshop, conducted by author and editor Cynthia Miller and Stephen Ryan, Senior Editor for Rowman and Littlefield, will focus on practical suggestions for moving from “I’ve got a great idea” to a book proposal, and beyond.  We’ll talk about [...]

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  • Cover Letter and Vita Workshop

    In this hands-on workshop, recent graduates and graduate students are invited to bring copies of a current cover letter and vita, to be reviewed and revised with the assistance of scholars who have served as members of search committees. (Limited to the first 10 registrants) Registration is open. To sign up for a workshop, please [...]

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  • Announcing 2015 Pre-Conference Workshops

    The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce the list of our Pre-Conference Workshops to be held during the for the 36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14.

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  • Screenings at SWPACA15

    The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce the schedule for screenings during the for the 36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14. Screening: “Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie” Wednesday night, 8:15pm, hosted by the Film and History Area GOING ATTRACTIONS is the definitive story [...]

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  • SWPACA 2015 Conference Schedule Now Live

    The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce that the schedule for the for the 36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14 is now available to view online at http://conference2015.southwestpca.org. Scroll down to the  section entitled “Schedule of sessions by time.” There are filters to view listings according to date [...]

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  • Pop Culture Game Night

    We are pleased to announce our first annual Popular & American Culture GAME NIGHT!  Let’s get our “geek on” in style! The hosts of this session are expert geeks and will provide some fun, challenging but easy-to-learn games that are anything but traditional, including European games of the year and Mensa award winners. Multiple tables [...]

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Register now to attend the 2015 Annual SWPACA Conference