Message, Media, and Meaning:
Popular and American Cultures in the Digital Age

Join us for the 37th Annual SWPACA Conference

February 10 - 13, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2016 Conference Information

Front Page News

  • Doctor Who: Contents & Contexts — Partner Announcement

    Call for papers!  Pitch Deadline: 4 April 2015 First Drafts: 20 May 2015 Final Essay Deadline: 15 June 2015 Contact: Erin Giannini and Karen Zarker Email: egiannini37@gmail.com / zarker@popmatters.com Email subject line: Doctor Who: Contents & Contexts Web: http://www.popmatters.com/post/191267-new-worlds-terrifying-monsters-impossible-things-exploring-the-conte/

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  • Peter C. Rollins April 1, 1942 – March 23, 2015

    It is with great sadness that we report that Peter Rollins, co-founder of the Southwest/Texas Popular/American Culture Association, passed away on Monday, March 23. Peter was a pioneer in the popular culture movement and one of the forces behind the continued momentum of our organization, and his enthusiasm and support will be greatly missed. His [...]

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  • Fourth Annual Harry Potter Conference — Partner Announcement

    When: Friday October 16, 2015 Where: Chestnut Hill College, Philidelphia, PA Description: An interdisciplinary, academic conference providing a forum for scholarly presentations arising out of the series by J. K. Rowling. Coinciding with the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill, PA! Cost: Free and open to the public. For more information and to register, go [...]

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  • 2015 Peter C. Rollins Book Award Winners

    The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is honored to announce the 2015 Peter C. Rollins Book Award winners. Each year the Rollins award recognizes outstanding scholarship in three categories: Film/Television Popular Culture Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies (this topic area may vary from year to year, as it recognizes outstanding scholarship in a trending topic in popular culture studies) [...]

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

    UPDATE (2/3/15): This workshop is now full. 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 [...]

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  • 2015 Breaking Bad Tour of Albuquerque

    The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the for the “2015 Breaking Bad Tour of Albuquerque,” to follow the  36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14. The tour will be a guided driving tour of iconic “Breaking Bad” filming sites in Albuquerque, [...]

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  • 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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