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#SWPACA18 CFP Now Closed

2018-Submission-ClosedThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association would like to thank everyone who has submitted a proposal for the 39th annual conference to be held in Albuquerque, NM, February 7-10, 2018. All submissions are new closed.

 

#SWPACA18 CFP Extension!

CFP-Countdown-2018-EXTENSIONThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association has extended the deadline for  paper proposals for the 39th annual conference to be held in Albuquerque, NM, February 7-10, 2017. The deadline is now November 15, 2017.

To submit your paper, navigate to our Call for Papers page, and find the subject area that fits your topic. Detailed instructions can be found on that page, and the expanded descriptions for each subject area. We look forward to all of your proposals!

#SWPACA18 CFP Highlight: Eclectica

Eclectica is the subject area for topics with no other home. Find more subject areas on our call for papers page as well!

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Eclectica

Eclectica: For Topics with No Other Home
Jeff Clayton, PhD, Lee College, English, jclayton@lee.edu

Open Description


Proposals are now being accepted for one of SWPACA’s newest areas, Eclectica. We are interested in papers, panels, and roundtables that do not fit into traditional areas, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary and experimental. Proposals on topics not covered by another area are encouraged as well, but please review the complete list of areas first to confirm that the proposal does not fit into one of them.
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See more subject areas on our call for papers page!

#SWPACA18 CFP Highlight: Teaching and the Profession

2018-Teaching-and-the-ProfessionTeaching and the Profession is full of great topics. Find the one that relates to you below, then review the expanded information for submitting your work. Find more subject areas on our call for papers page as well!

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Teaching and the Profession

Pedagogy and Popular Culture
Kurt Depner, New Mexico State University – Dona Ana, English, kudepner@nmsu.edu
Assistant Area Chair: David Sutton, SWPACA Leadership Institute Fellow, Independent Scholar, davidsutton@animesutton.com
Facebook Group: SWPACA Pedagogy & Popular Culture
Twitter: Pedagogy&PopCulture ‏@SWPCAPedagogy

Open Description


The Pedagogy and Popular Culture area requests proposals for paper presentations and panels on any topic involving successful or innovative approaches for teaching literature, media studies, film, cultural studies, history, television, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, technology, etc. We also welcome proposals that identify and discuss the existence or implication of specific pedagogical problems or issues, whether or not these advance any new methodologies.  Proposals regarding using popular culture in the classroom are particularly encouraged.

Teachers from any type of school or curriculum are encouraged to submit proposals. Graduate students with teaching experience are particularly welcome.

While we encourage and welcome all topics involving pedagogy and/or curriculum development, some suggestions for possible papers or panels are listed below:

  • Combining unusual disciplines in Writing Across the Curriculum courses
  • Utilizing new media technologies or Web 2.0 tools
  • Multimodal learning
  • Discussing the benefits and challenges of online teaching; best practice presentations are gleefully welcome!
  • Integrating popular television, films, novels, graphic novels, or music for meaningful classroom lesson planning
  • Teaching games and game theory
  • Utilizing social networking tools in the classroom
  • Using Wikis or Blogs in the classroom
  • Teaching with podcasts and videocasts
  • Editing family letters and/or journals in student projects
  • Promoting active learning by co-opting structures typically associated with webpages
  • Integrating service learning with traditional curricula
  • Constructing student projects as museum exhibits
  • Challenging standard pedagogical assumptions

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Undergraduate Presentations
Jarrod Bolin, Jack E. Singley Academy, English, jbolin@irvingisd.net
Note: All individual presentations by undergrads must be submitted to this area in the submission database

Open Description

We encourage and invite undergraduates to prepare a brief paper (15 minutes) on any topic that is covered by existing areas within the conference. This well-established conference has an area for all types of scholars, from horror aficionados to library archives fanatics, and the Undergraduate Area is designed specifically for undergraduates who want to pursue these diverse and varied fields.

Submit a 250-word abstract to present a paper. Or, submit a panel proposal with a separate abstract/user account for each presenter/paper. Proposals will be accepted online only and must be submitted under the “Undergraduate” section of the conference database.

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See more subject areas on our call for papers page!

#SWPACA18 CFP Highlight: Science Fiction and Fantasy

2018-Science-Fiction-and-FantasyScience Fiction and Fantasy is full of great topics. Find the one that relates to you below, then review the expanded information for submitting your work. Find more subject areas on our call for papers page as well!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy

Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture
Shane Trayers, PhD, Middle Georgia State College – Macon Campus, English, trayers.shane@gmail.com

Open Description

The Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture Area is calling for papers about anything apocalyptic, dystopic, or disaster-related.  This can be in movies, television, literature, graphic novels, or any other cultural examples of disaster, dystopia, or the end of the world.

This year did not disappoint in these topics, including Stranger Things, Handmaid’s Tale, The Expanse, Dark Tower, Guardians of the Galaxy, Into the Badlands, Westworld and many, many more. This area is interested in all types of theories, both real world and fictional.

Please note that this area is specifically for those papers related to the apocalypse, dystopia, and/or disaster.  For example, there is now a separate Zombie Culture area at the conference, so if the proposal is about the “zombie apocalypse” it goes here, but if it is just about zombies, then it goes to that area. See the Zombie Culture CFP at http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

Ideas for topics on Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster (not a comprehensive list):

  • Film and TV: Westworld, The Expanse, Handmaid’s Tale, Dark Tower, Stranger Things, Star Trek Discovery, Into the Badlands, OA, The Man in the High Tower, Resident Evil, GhostbustersThe 5th Wave, ZooRiddick, Twelve MonkeysThe Scorch TrialsJurassic WorldMad Max, Killjoys, Dark Matter, Between, Chappie, The Leftovers, Sharknado, The Last Ship, Edge of Tomorrow, The Giver, Godzilla, Resurrection, Snowpiercer, The 100, Mad Max, Divergent, Defiance, Elysium, Oblivion, Sharknado, This is the End, After Earth, Adventure Time, Melancholia, Falling Skies, The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, Terminator, 2012, The Core, Daybreakers, Zombieland, Night of the Comet, Armageddon, The War of the Worlds, Last Night, 12 Monkeys, The Road, Dark Angel, Jericho, Children of Men, The Matrix, Crimson Tide, Invasion, V, Contagion, Dante’s Peak, The Island, The Day the Earth Stood Still and many more.
  • Literature: Life as We Knew ItWhen She WokeReady Player OneFind MeThe 5th Wave , Feed Uglies, J, Station ElevenBrave New World, The Bees, Rot and Ruin, Matched, Infinite Jest, Oryx and Crake, Breathe, World War Z, Pesthouse, The Road, Children of Men, Alas Babylon, The Stand
  • Graphic novels and video games: Y: The Last Man, Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, The Walking Dead
  • Real examples: “Prepper” communities and publications, natural disasters, Paris and Orlando shootings, Atomic culture.

Or any other works/topics related to apocalypse, dystopia, or disaster!

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Dr. Who, Torchwood, and Whoverse Studies

Melissa Tackett-Gibson, PhD, Sam Houston State University, Sociology, mat012@shsu.edu

Open Description

Proposals for individual papers and panels are now being accepted for the Dr. Who, Torchwood and Whoverse Studies area of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 2018 Conference. Proposals of 200-250 words are accepted through the conference website: http://conference.southwestpca.org. The inclusion of a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

Presentations from cultural studies, film, sociology, mass communication and critical perspectives are welcome. All must relate to television shows in the Dr. Who universe, published fiction (including fan fiction), and other forms of Who-related narratives and discourse. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Powered relationships, (in)justice and discrimination
  • Human nature, mortality, eschatology and spirituality
  • Violence and aggression
  • Fandom and fan culture (including online discussions, fan fiction, and fan websites)
  • Material culture, merchandising and consumption
  • Narrative structure
  • Narrative shifts over time
  • Casting, direction and production techniques

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Harry Potter Studies
Christopher Bell, PhD, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Communication, cbell3@uccs.edu

Open Description


SWPACA invites scholars to submit papers to the vibrant and diverse Harry Potter Studies area. The Harry Potter Studies area is an interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary field that focuses on both the novel and filmic versions of J.K. Rowling’s work. Papers may address the work as a whole, specific characters, themes, relationships, social and/or cultural implications, individual texts within the series, etc.

Paper and/or panel proposals are welcomed. Any and all types of scholars, including independent scholars, graduate students, non-tenured, tenure-track, tenured and emeritus faculty are encouraged to submit. The Harry Potter Studies area aims to emphasize a diversity of scholarship opportunities and is open to innovation in approach to research about the Potterverse. Networking among Potter scholars with an eye toward post-conference collaboration and publication is a key goal of the Harry Potter Studies Area.

Papers from the Harry Potter Studies area presented at conferences since 2012 have been gathered into four (4) published, edited volumes released in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. We are an area committed to publication!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy – General
Susan Fanetti, PhD, California State University – Sacramento, English, sfanetti@csus.edu
Follow the Science Fiction and Fantasy area on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swtxsff and on Twitter @swtxsffchairs

Open Description


The Science Fiction and Fantasy (General) Area Chair invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of science fiction in literature, film, or other media. Any and all topics will be considered. Past presentations have covered a variety of topics – including British SFF TV, fan studies, race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic class, pedagogy, adaptation, and a variety of texts. We are interested in thematically or textually linked panels of three or four papers as well as individual submissions.

Please look through the list of other conference areas on the SWPACA website, since subjects such as apocalyptic studies, computer games, the works of Joss Whedon, and the television show Supernatural all have separate areas. You should direct your proposal accordingly.

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Supernatural (TV series)
Erin Giannini, PhD, Independent Scholar, egiannini37@gmail.com

Open Description


The Area Chair invites proposals related to the CW television series Supernatural.

Any and all topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:

  • Narrative structure
  • Genre conventions
  • Fandom/Fan culture
  • Representations of socioeconomic class, gender & sexuality, and race & ethnicity
  • Representations of myth, religion, and (urban) legend
  • Uses of violence
  • Music in the show
  • The series’ response to/engagement with metatextuality and/or fandom

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The Works of Joss Whedon
Susan Fanetti, PhD, California State University – Sacramento, English, sfanetti@csus.edu

Open Description


The Area Chair invites paper or panel proposals on any topic related to the works of Joss Whedon. Any and all topics will be considered.  Insights into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly are always welcome, but Whedon’s body of work continues to expand, and we encourage proposals on:

  • Whedon’s work in the Marvel ‘verse, including Astonishing X-Men, The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • The Whedonverse comics, from Fray on
  • Much Ado about Nothing
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Dollhouse

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Zombie Culture

Brandon Kempner, PhD, New Mexico Highlands University, English, bkempner@nmhu.edu

Open Description

The area chair for Zombie Culture seeks papers and presentations on any aspect of the zombie in popular culture and history. It seems as though the world has gone “zombie crazy.” There are zombie walks, games on college campuses like “Humans Vs. Zombies,” zombie children’s books, zombie poetry, fiction, video games, zombie ammunition and guns, and zombie running contests. Almost anything can be “zombified” and society and fans all over the world are literally “eating it up.” The zombie has come to represent the chaotic world we live in, and courses continue to pop up on college and university campuses all over the world. This is due in large part to the success of films like Night of the Living Dead, Zombi 2, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Warm Bodies, World War Z and television programs like The Walking Dead, iZombie, Z Nation, and Fear the Walking Dead.

What is distinctively American (if anything) about zombies in film, literature, and popular culture in general? How does the zombie influence American culture in a way that resonates in our transmedia world?

Some topics to consider:

  • Directors: George Romero, Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, Todd Sheets, Danny Boyle, Sam Rami, Peter Jackson, Amando de Ossorio…
  • Specific zombie films: White Zombie, King of the Zombies, Dawn of the Dead, Tombs of the Blind Dead, Dead Alive, Evil Dead, World War Z, Train to Busan
  • Specific books/zombie literature: The Zombie Survival Guide, Zone One, The Girl with all the Gifts, the Newsflesh trilogy, The Reapers are the Angels, Cell
  • Zombie writers’ fiction and non-fiction: Stephen Graham Jones, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Kirkman, Steve Niles, Max Brooks, Matt Mogk, Jovanka Vuckovic, Stephen King…
  • Zombie television: The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Z Nation, iZombie, The Santa Clarita Diet
  • Zombie video games: Resident Evil, Call of Duty: Zombies, The Last of Us, Day Z, Dead Rising
  • Zombie comics (any aspect: history, cultural impact, storytelling, Marvel zombies…)
  • Zombies since 9/11
  • Zombie children’s books
  • Zombie runs and zombie cosplay
  • Fast vs. slow zombies
  • Zombie gore
  • Teaching the zombie (zombie pedagogy)
  • Can a real zombie outbreak happen?
  • The voodoo zombie and the historical roots of the zombie
  • The Euro-zombie, Nazi–zombies, Viking zombies
  • What exactly is a zombie?
  • Humans vs. zombies
  • Zombies across the world (Ro-langs…)
  • Zombies’ roots in cinema
  • Are mummies/Frankenstein’s monster zombies?
  • What does the rise in the zombie’s popularity tell us about society?

These are just a few of the topics that could be discussed.

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See more subject areas on our call for papers page!

#SWPACA18 CFP Highlight: Language and Literature

2018-Languate-and-CultureLanguage and Literature is full of great topics. Find the one that relates to you below, then review the expanded information for submitting your work. Find more subject areas on our call for papers page as well!

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Language and Literature

Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, and Personal Narrative
Melinda McBee, PhD, Collin College, English, mcbee58@verizon.net

Open Description


Paper proposals on any aspect of biography, autobiography, memoir, and personal narrative are welcome. Literary papers as well as creative works will be accepted.

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Captivity Narratives
B. Mark Allen, PhD, South Texas College, History and Philosophy, bmallen@southtexascollege.edu

Open Description


Panels are now forming for presentations regarding all aspects (historical, literary, cultural, etc.) of Captivity Narratives. All topics and approaches to the genre are welcomed. Graduate students/future teachers are particularly welcome to participate – or to simply register to attend the conference and its captivity narrative panels.

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Children’s / Young Adult Literature and Culture
Diana Dominguez, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Literatures and Cultural Studies, diana.dominguez@utrgv.edu
Assistant Area Chair: Renae L. Mitchell, SWPACA Leadership Institute Fellow, University of New Mexico, rmitchell@unm.edu

Open Description

Panels are now being formed in the Children’s / Young Adult Literature and Culture area. Scholars, researchers, professionals, teachers, graduate students and others interested in this area are encouraged to submit an abstract.

This area covers a wide variety of possible mediums: traditional book/literature culture, but also comics, graphic novels, film, television, music, video games, toys, internet environment, fan fiction, advertising, and marketing tie-ins to books and films, just to name a few.  Proposals on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or cross-genre topics are welcome.  Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome, as are presentations that go beyond the traditional scholarly paper format.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity in Children’s and YA literature (gender, race/ethnicity, disability, body image, sexual identity)
  • Use of innovative or “novel” formats for both children’s and YA literature
  • The next “big” thing in children’s and YA literature
  • Film adaptation issues
  • Historical approaches to children’s and YA literature and culture
  • New readings of children’s and YA literature and culture
  • Re-imaginings of myth, fairy tale, and other traditional stories
  • Explorations of specific authors in the children’s and YA areas
  • Fan fiction and fan followings of books, films, and authors
  • Beyond books and films
  • Awards for children’s and YA literature (issues and controversies)

Proposals on other topics related to Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture will be read with interest.

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Cormac McCarthy
Katherine Sugg, PhD, Central Connecticut State University, English, suggkae@ccsu.edu

Open Description

The Area Chair of the Cormac McCarthy Area of the Southwest PCA/ACA conference is seeking paper proposals on any aspect of the work of Cormac McCarthy, including novels, plays, and television and film scripts and adaptations.  We invite presentations about all facets of McCarthy’s work in forms ranging from critical essays to analyses employing recognized research methodologies. The chair also welcomes pre-formed panels, but will need submissions to be uploaded individually as required by the SWPACA. Paper presentations should be 15 minutes and should present an arguable thesis or develop a compelling question.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • McCarthy and the West
  • McCarthy and apocalypse
  • Narration and historical imaginaries in McCarthy’s work
  • Narrative theory approaches to McCarthy’s writing
  • Gender and sexuality studies approaches to McCarthy’s work
  • McCarthy and Hollywood
  • Issues in film adaptation
  • Neoliberal discourse and/in McCarthy
  • Southern gothic and its meaning now
  • Horror and McCarthy

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Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction)
Jerry Bradley, PhD, Lamar University, English, jerry.bradley@lamar.edu

Open Description


The Creative Writing sessions at SWPACA seek original writing on any theme and in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama). Presentations and panels on creative writing pedagogy will also be considered.

Submit your abstract or creative writing piece to the conference’s submission database.

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Eco-Criticism and the Environment
Jeremy Elliott, PhD, Abilene Christian University, Language and Literature, jke10a@acu.edu

Open Description


The Ecocriticism and the Environment area welcomes abstracts on film, literature, advertising, video games, social media, architecture, music, religion, and really any other method of human expression.

Potential topics include:

  • how can ecocriticism speak to digital realities/emergent realities in video games and other immersive experiences?
  • to what degree does our built environment inform our conception of physical nature?
  • how do stories that we tell about our natural environments explain something about our understanding of the natural world?
  • how can the stories we tell help create a more productive environmental future?

These ideas are representative, and certainly not an exhaustive list.

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European Popular Culture and Literature
Tyler Blake, PhD, MidAmerica Nazarene University, English, jtblake2@mnu.edu

Open Description


Papers are now being accepted on topics related to any aspect of European popular culture and literature. Scholars, graduate students, instructors, and others interested in European popular culture and literature are invited to participate. European novels, poetry, plays, film, television, fashion, food, religion, music, folkways & mores are possible topics.

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Folklore Studies
Helen McCourt, PhD, Collin College, English, HMcCourt@collin.edu

Open Description

The Folklore Studies panel seeks (presents/requests) presentations on any area of folklore studies including folklore and literature, social customs, food lore, myths and legends, and so on. The study does not need to be restricted to folklore as it appears strictly in literature, but can take a wide ranging view on all aspects of folklore as it presents itself historically, socially, and literarily.

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Graphic Novels, Comics, and Popular Culture
Robert G. Weiner, Texas Tech University Library, rweiner5@sbcglobal.net

Open Description


The area chair seeks presentation proposals on Graphic Novels, Comics, and Popular Culture.

Any aspect of Comics and Graphic Novels in Popular Culture will be considered, but particular attention will be paid to those presentations that discuss distinctive American aspects of comics and graphic novels in the context of history and the content. Why is the superhero as we know it today a uniquely American creation? Why is the birth of the comics industry tied to the Jewish American experience? Does the Americanism of comics and graphic novels have anything to say to the world today or have other styles such as manga, Bande dessinée, or fumetto have more of an impact today?

Possible panel/discussion topics:

  • Comics podcasts. With so much comics-related news on websites, another form that has taken off in recent years includes the podcast/radio show. How well do these podcasts relate comic/graphic novels news? We have podcasts on the Golden Age of comics, superhero comics, and most recently The Comics Alternative, which goes beyond superheroes to discuss the independents. What impact do podcasts like this have?
  • The concept of the super-villain!  There is much scholarly literature on the superhero but not nearly as much on the super-villain. Yet a superhero is usually only as good or interesting as their super-villain counterpart. Stan Lee said that coming up with interesting super-villains is often difficult. Why? How have super-villains in comics changed over the years? What makes a super-villain like the Joker or Magneto so compelling? We would welcome full panels on super-villains.
  • What is the future of the superhero-based movie? Will the superhero movie continue to be popular? Are people tired of the superhero movie?  Has the superhero film run its course?
  • With the success of Sony and Marvel Studios Spider-Man: Homecoming do you think more collaboration is forthcoming say between Fox and Marvel or Universal and Marvel?
  • Pedagogical approaches to teaching graphic novel content. This has become an increasingly important part of comic studies, and the area chair seeks those scholars who would like to present on this topic.

Other topics:

  • Sequential art and storytelling
  • Manga, anime and the movies
  • Comic conventions/fan culture
  • Particular artists or writers (Bendis, Steranko, Kirby, Everett, Niles, etc.)
  • The rise of the graphic novel
  • What is a graphic novel?
  • History of newspaper comics
  • Gay characters in comics
  • Film and superheroes
  • Adapting graphic novels for the screen
  • Racism and the X-Men
  • Spider-Man as the Everyman
  • Cartoon Network: Good or bad for comics?
  • Comics and philosophy
  • Graphic novels as outlets for social justice (e.g., World War III)
  • Comics as political satire (e.g., Tom Tomorrow, Addicted To War)
  • Horror comics
  • “The Resurrection of Captain America” – Why NO comic character ever stays dead.
  • DC, Marvel, and comic corporations
  • Comics studies and film studies: How do the two intersect?
  • The definition of the superhero
  • Indies and their role
  • Comics and graphic novels around the world (e.g., Tintin, Asterix)
  • The scholarly study of graphic novels/comics in the academy
  • Libraries and graphic novels

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Linguistics
Lisa Wagner, PhD, University of Louisville, Classical and Modern Languages, lisa.wagner@louisville.edu

Open Description

Submissions for panels and individual papers on all aspects of Linguistics are welcome. Submissions on the following topics in Applied Linguistics are especially encouraged:

  • Linguistic Landscapes
  • Bilingualism
  • Language in the Media
  • L2 Teaching and Learning
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Language and Gender

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Literature (General)
Samantha Lay, PhD, University of West Alabama, English, slay@uwa.edu

Open Description


The Area Chair is now accepting proposals to the “Literature (General)” category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on literary subjects outside of our more specific literature areas. Before submitting to the General area, please peruse the specific area list on this page.

Areas of interest might include:

  • Literary theory
  • Literary history
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to literary analysis
  • Aesthetics
  • Experimental writing (other than poetry – see specific area lists)
  • Genre criticism
  • Historical or cultural criticism
  • Regional literatures
  • Popular forms of literary expression beyond our noted areas

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Mystery / Detective Fiction
Lexey Bartlett, PhD, Fort Hays State University, English, labartlett@fhsu.edu

Open Description


As popular genres, mystery and detective fiction reflect a wide range of changes in society in contemporary works, but they also have a venerable classic tradition. Submissions are welcomed that address mystery and detective fiction from both ends of this spectrum and every point in between.

Some possibilities:

  • Research addressing or applying theoretical or structural topics in the genre
  • Work focusing on any subgenre or aspect of mystery and detective fiction, from the hard-boiled to the cozy and from the latest trends to the classics
  • Work applying other theoretical approaches to representations of detectives and other characters from a wide range of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities
  • Papers addressing particular regional aspects of mystery or detective fiction
  • Work on international writers in the genre
  • Analyses of television or film adaptations of the genre

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Myth and Fairy Tales
Sheila Dooley, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Writing and Language Studies, sheila.dooley@utrgv.edu

Open Description


All scholars working in the areas of myth and/or fairy tales are invited to submit paper or panel proposals for the upcoming SWPACA Conference. Panels are now forming on topics related to all aspects of myths and fairy tales and their connections to popular culture. To participate in this area, you do not need to present on both myths and fairy tales; one or the other is perfectly fine. Presentations considering both genres are of course welcome and can stimulate interesting discussions. Proposals for forming your own Myth or Fairy Tale-focused panel – especially panels focused on one particular myth/tale – are encouraged.

Paper topics might include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Where Fairy Tales and Myth Overlap
  • Non-Western Myths and Fairy Tales
  • Revised Fairy Tales
  • Fairy Tales in/as “Children’s Literature”
  • Disney
  • Urban Fairy Tales
  • Ethnic Myths and Fairy Tales
  • Gendered Readings of Myths and Fairy Tales
  • Postcolonial Myths and Fairy Tales
  • Myths and Fairy Tales in Advertising Culture
  • Reading Myths and Fairy Tales in the Popular Culture of Past Centuries
  • Performing Myths and Fairy Tales: Drama and/or Ritual
  • Genres of Myths and/or Fairy Tales: Film, Television, Poetry, Novels, Music, Comic Books, Picture Books, Short Stories, or Graphic Novels

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Poetry and Poetics (Critical)
Scarlett Higgins, PhD, University of New Mexico, English, shiggins@unm.edu

Open Description


We are now forming panels for presentations of American poetry and poetics criticism at our 2018 conference. There are no limits in regard to historical period, topic, or theme, and we welcome panel proposals, especially those that include panelists from multiple institutions.

Poet-critics who may wish to participate in the readings panels should contact Jerry Bradley, Area Chair of Creative Writing [Poetry, Fiction], via the SWPACA website.
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Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Robert Galin, University of New Mexico – Gallup, English and Communications, rgalin@unm.edu

Open Description


We invite proposals for individual or panel presentations that relate to the teaching, practice, and/or analysis of how rhetoric and technical communications/technical writing influence or are influenced by culture.

We look forward to a variety of ideas and emphases, though papers of similar orientations will be grouped together in sessions whenever possible. Papers may focus on ways in which popular and American culture inform the pedagogical, theoretical, and practical work of rhetoric and technical communication.

Sample emphases (these are not limitations, just ideas): Rhetoric and Civic Humanism, Poetics and Rhetoric in Everyday Life, Technical Writing for Non-Techies, Rhetorical Analysis in Political Campaigns, Rhetorical Analyses across Cultures and Disciplines, Technical Writing and Real Life.

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See more subject areas on our call for papers page!