Teaching 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!
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
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
Jarrod Bolin, Jack E. Singley Academy, English, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: All individual presentations by undergrads must be submitted to this area in the submission database
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.
Science 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, email@example.com
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, Ghostbusters, The 5th Wave, Zoo, Riddick, Twelve Monkeys, The Scorch Trials, Jurassic World, Mad 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 It, When She Woke, Ready Player One, Find Me, The 5th Wave , Feed, Uglies, J, Station Eleven, Brave 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!
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)
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!
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.
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 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
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.
Language 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Children’s / Young Adult Literature and Culture
Diana Dominguez, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Literatures and Cultural Studies, email@example.com
Assistant Area Chair: Renae L. Mitchell, SWPACA Leadership Institute Fellow, University of New Mexico, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
“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
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:
Interdisciplinary approaches to literary analysis
Experimental writing (other than poetry – see specific area lists)
Historical or cultural criticism
Popular forms of literary expression beyond our noted areas
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.
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
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”
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
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. Submit Proposal
Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Robert Galin, University of New Mexico – Gallup, English and Communications, email@example.com
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.
Identities and Cultures 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!
Historic and Contemporary Cultures 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!
Film, Television, Music, and Visual Media 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!
Seeking contributors for an edited volume on yoga in popular culture. This book is envisioned as a cross-disciplinary collection of scholarly work on yoga, with essays that explore the ways that yoga has reflected and changed popular culture in the West.
Yoga is experiencing its third “boom” in the United States. The first boom, at the turn of the 20th century, was marked by salons and contributed to interest in Orientalism, the occult, and physical culture. This boom ended during the depression. The second boom grew out of free love and communal living in the 1960s. This spawned interest in transcendental meditation and paralleled the burgeoning fitness movement. The third boom followed soon after, riding on the coattails of the credentialing movement in the health and fitness industry along with the growth in integrative medicine. Yoga teacher trainings grew into a viable business and yoga instruction began to cross over into medial education and healthcare to combat stress. Throughout each of these periods, yoga has held a place in the pursuit of spiritual and physical health as well as the popular culture of the day.
Yoga has been a driving force of change. While it serves as a vehicle for personal transformation, it has also become an opportunity for entrepreneurship. Commodification and commercialization of yoga would seem to contradict the teachings of ancient texts upon which the practice is rooted. Yoga can simultaneously be a spiritual pursuit and fitness practice. While there is potential for conflict between the traditionalists who promote authentic yoga and the growing fitness yoga market, a broader spectrum of yoga practice exists. This creates a paradox across yoga culture.
Cross-disciplinary contributors are sought from areas including (but not limited to) sociology, anthropology, history, communication, media studies, religious studies, exercise science, theatre, dance, education, health professions, medicine, business and finance. Please note that first person essays on self-transformation through yoga will not be considered. Contributors must be willing to commit to a 6,500 word paper on a scholarly examination of any topic relevant to yoga in popular culture.
Submission instructions: Send a 600-750 word abstract along with a 500 word bio in the text of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not include attachments. Please include complete contact information for principal author and put “Yoga in Pop Culture Proposal” in the subject line of the email. Deadline to submit abstracts is June 2, 2017UPDATE June 30, 2017. Authors of selected abstracts will be asked to submit a 5,000 – 6,500 word paper by October 2, 2017.
The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is pleased to announce that proposals for papers and panels will be accepted for the 39th annual SWPACA conference beginning August 1, 2017, and closing October 15.
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About Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
The mission of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is to promote an innovative and nontraditional academic movement in the humanities and social sciences celebrating America’s cultural heritages, and to increase awareness and improve public perceptions of America’s cultural traditions and diverse populations. We work towards this mission by providing a professional network for scholars, writers, and others interested in popular/American culture via our annual academic conference and through our open-source, peer-reviewed academic journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. Additionally, the SWPACA has a long-standing commitment to supporting the development of new and young academic professionals in the fields of popular and/or American cultural studies through conference travel grants, paper awards, and professional development opportunities.