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Run-off Hotel Announcement!

The Southwest PCA room block at the Hyatt is now full. We encourage you to make hotel reservations at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa. They are the Southwest PCA official “run”off hotel and we are pleased they have agreed to help our presenters secure hotel rooms for our conference.

The Embassy Suites overlooks downtown ABQ and is 1786 foot steps to the Hyatt or as we have arranged shuttle service will be available for our conference presenters and their guests.

Hotel Rates:

  • Single: $136.00
  • Double: $141.00
  • Triple: $146.00
  • Quad (Stack & Pack): $151.00

Room reservations are now being accepted just mention that you are booking under the SW Popular/American Culture Conference.

Thank You! For Supporting the Southwest PCA

Embassy Suites
1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102, USA
TEL: 1-505-245-7100
FAX: 1-505-247-1083

http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-mexico/embassy-suites-albuquerque-hotel-and-spa-ABQEMES/maps-directions/index.html

Extension of Conference Regular Registration Rate

To All SW PCA/ACA Conference Presenters,

We want to thank all of our participants who have taken the time to pay their registration fees thanking you for supporting the organization now entering its 35th year. We are planning for an outstanding conference with special keynotes, BrBa tour, round table sessions, graduate student workshops including our premier event the Peter C. Rollins Book and Graduate Student Awards.

For those still traveling during the holiday break and have not paid registration fees we are extending the current rates through January 31st. We hope this added incentive will help those still deciding on attending our conference to make the journey to ABQ in February 2014!

We Will Be There, Will You?

Happy New Year!

From the entire Southwest PCA Executive and Journal Editorial Team!

Submission Period Extension to November 15, 2013

updated-deadlineDue to the overwhelming response today, with our database working overtime to handle the flood of submissions, the SWPACA executive team has decided to extend the submission period to November 15, 2013.

This will give those who have not decided to attend this year’s conference a chance to submit a paper/panel proposal!

Submit today! Remember, all roads lead to ABQ, NM in February … We Will Be There, Will You?

 

SWPACA Conference Update:

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Spencer Herrera and co-author Levi Romero, the New Mexico Centennial Poet Laureate, will headline the 35th annual Southwest PCA/ACA conference’s keynote speakers series.  Their recently published book, Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland (UNM Press), is a collection of essays, poems, and photographs that takes the reader on a journey across the Hispano Southwest United States.

As their book describes, Un lugar sagrado, a sacred place where two or more are gathered in the name of community, can be found almost anywhere – and yet it is elusive: a charro arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to Chimayó, a curandero‘s shrine in South Texas, or at a bi-national Mass along the border. Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. Embedded at the heart of this remarkable book, in which prose, photographs, and poems complement each other, is a photopoetic journey across the Chicano Southwest.

Acclaim for Sagrado

“Sagrado’s three talented artists represent the best in contemporary Chicano poetry, art and history. One of the most important books I’ve read recently.”
Rudolfo Anaya

“These poems are photos, these photos are poems, and together with the historical testimony that reads delicious as cuento, they are prayers said on behalf of others. A book to teach with or to teach ourselves things we forgot. Wise, heartfelt, generous, grace-filled, and, above all, created with love. And everybody knows whatever is made with love siempre sale bonito. A thousand and one blessings to the artists for this labor from el corazón.”
Sandra Cisneros

UNM pagehttp://www.unmpress.com/books.php?ID=20000000005376&Page=book

Amazon pagehttp://www.amazon.com/Sagrado-Photopoetics-Chicano-Homeland-Querencias/dp/0826353541

KRWG Fronteras interviewhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2HWgf49oHE

Join us for this exciting event… Thursday evening, February 20, 2014

Southwest Roommate Service

The SWPACA provides a roommate service for those individuals wanting to share conference hotel expenses. We cannot, of course, guarantee that people who advertises their desire to find a roommate will find a suitable roommate and we are not liable for problems that may arise. This page is meant only as a service to advertise your need for a roommate with others who need roommates.

The SWPACA does NOT become involved in room accommodations related to roommates; in other words, working out how roommates will pay for the rooms and who will room with whom is strictly up to the people involved. This list exists only as a convenience for attendees who want to find a roommate

Follow the link below to our roommate service website to sign up today You will need to provide the following information:

  • First name, Last Initial
  • Gender (M or F)
  • Email Address

If you withdraw from the conference please contact your roommate ASAP.

Sign up for Southwest Roommate Service

2013 Peter C. Rollins Book Award Winners

The SWPACA Executive Team and the Peter C. Rollins Book Award judging panel are pleased to announce that the Rollins Book Award has been expanded to recognize outstanding scholarship in multiple areas of popular and American culture.

Traditionally, the Rollins Book Award has recognized manuscript-length work in the area of Film/Television Studies. The Rollins Award will continue to do so, with the annual recipient in that category being invited to present the Keynote address at the SWPACA Awards Reception the following year. In addition, the Rollins Book Award committee will recognize one to three volumes/year in the category of general popular culture and a “rolling” category identified each year based on trends in popular and/or American cultural studies.

For 2013, the Peter C. Rollins book award winners are:

  • Film/Television and History: Alisa Perren, Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (U of Texas P, 2012)
  • Popular Culture: Julie Anne Taddeo and Cynthia J. Miller, Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology (Scarecrow P, 2012)
  • Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies: Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan, Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods (Routledge, 2011)

Each year the Rollins Award Committee welcomes submissions of book-length work (single/multiple author or edited collection) published within the previous two calendar years. Books published in 2012 or 2013 may be submitted for consideration.

For full submission guidelines, please see visit the Rollins Keynote Speaker Page.

Database Opens July 1; Proposals Due November 15

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Presenter Database is scheduled to open July 1 for submissions for the 35th Annual conference, to be held February 19-22, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Veterans of the our conference know that the SWPACA has been at the forefront of conference technology for the last few years, utilizing a presenter database to increase efficacy in the proposal submission and review process, as well as to assist in creating a conference program. This year the database will once again be updated,  improving the experience for all users.

The database will open to users July 1 at: http://conference2014.southwestpca.org

As always, the SWPACA Area Chairs will practice rolling review of proposals, which means an individual submitting a proposal should receive a response within two weeks of submission.

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming response today, with our database working overtime to handle the flood of submissions, the SWPACA executive team has decided to extend the submission period to November 15, 2013.

This will give those who have not decided to attend this year’s conference a chance to submit a paper/panel proposal!

 

 

New Name, New Look, New Logo, New Web Site

SWPACA-LogoThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce its 35th annual conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 19-22, 2014. This year marks several areas of growth for the Association:

  • The association name will change, effective May 2013, from the “Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association” to the “Southwest Popular/American Culture Association”
  • The SWPACA web site has been updated and moved to its new home at www.southwestpca.org – be sure to check back regularly for news and info!
  • The SWPACA is pleased to announce the launch of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy.  Please visit www.journaldialogue.org for more information.
  • • The SWPACA’s flagship award, the Peter C. Rollins Book Award, established a new standard in 2013, recognizing three outstanding volumes in separate areas of popular and American culture:
    • Traditional Film/Television Studies
    • Popular Culture Studies
    • Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies

It is our goal to attract a new group of authors with these new subject categories in honoring the legacy of Peter C. Rollins the founder of our organization.

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