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HP Lovecast — A Podcast by SWPACA Participants

HP-Lovecast-Partner-AnnouncementThe H.P. Lovecast is a new, monthly podcast focused on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. It features conversations from a number of Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) participants and grew out of discussions that began at the inaugural game night at SWPACA 2015.  While there are no words to describe Lovecraftian horrors, there are at least three words to describe this podcast: upbeat, pleasant, and inquisitive. Continue Reading →

2016 Paper Proposals Now Being Accepted

2016-Paper-Proposals-2The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is honored to announce that we are now accepting paper proposals for the 37th annual conference to be held in Albuquerque, NM, February 13-16, 2016.

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 downloadable Call for Papers for each subject area. We look forward to all of your proposals!

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

Peter-Rollins-ObitIt 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 obituary is available at

http://www.stwnewspress.com/obituaries/peter-c-rollins-ph-d/article_21bc07ee-d2a0-11e4-bc43-3f9e3a5dc6fe.html.

We will look forward to celebrating his legacy in Albuquerque next February.

Fourth Annual Harry Potter Conference — Partner Announcement

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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 to: www.harrypotterconference.com

Download Flier: HP Conference 2015 Flier

2015 Peter C. Rollins Book Award Winners

2015-Rollins-Book-Award-WinnersThe 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)

These categories are chosen to balance our commitments to honoring our past and recognizing leaders in future scholarship. Through this award, we honor Peter C. Rollins, for whom the prize is named, and his contributions to the field of film and history and his service to the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association. At the same time, we recognize leaders of emergent trends and innovative scholarship in the fields of popular and American culture.

  • In the category of Film and Television, the winning volume is Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader edited by Giorgio Bertellini, published in 2013 by John Libbey Publishing.
  • In the category of Popular Culture, the winning book is Packaged Pleasures: How Technology & Marketing Revolutionized Desire by Gary S. Cross and Robert N. Proctor, published in 2014 by the University of Chicago Press.
  • In the category of Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies, the winning volume is Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay by Katherine Roeder, published in 2014 by the University Press of Mississippi.

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The Southwest Popular and American Culture Association is grateful to our panel of judges, Dr. Hugh Foley, Dr. Robert G. Weiner, and Dr. Alison Macor, for their thoughtful evaluation of the many excellent volumes submitted for consideration.

We will begin accepting submissions for the 2016 Rollins book award in September 2015.

Learn more about past award winners at our Rollins Book Award page: http://southwestpca.org/conference/rollins-book-award/