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In the Beginning . . . Why Ray Browne Still Matters

SWPACA15-PreConWorkshopsRay 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 a popular culture library at Bowling Green State University, and wrote/edited a collection of books on subjects as varied as Mark Twain and detective fiction. In this age of STEM and workforce development, it is essential that Browne’s engagement with and love for the humanities be required study for a new generation of higher ed scholars.

This retrospective of Browne’s career and legacy will include a round table discussion, screening of a rare interview that Browne gave at Bowling Green State University, and a question and answer period. Discussants include Kathy Merlock Jackson, Professor of Communication, Past President of ACA, and Editor of the Journal of American Culture; John Bratzel, Past PCA/ACA Executive Director; Mike Schoenecke, former PCA/ACA Executive Director; Michael Marsden, past PCA President; and moderator Ken Dvorak, past President of the ACA and current SWPACA Treasurer/Conference Coordinator.

Registration is open. To sign up for a workshop, please email Lynnea Chapman King at lchapmanking@southwestpca.org.

View the full lineup of pre-conference workshops: http://southwestpca.org/front-page-news/announcing-2015-pre-conference-workshops/

Cover Letter and Vita Workshop

SWPACA15-PreConWorkshopsIn this hands-on workshop, recent graduates and graduate students are invited to bring copies of a current cover letter and vita, to be reviewed and revised with the assistance of scholars who have served as members of search committees.

(Limited to the first 10 registrants)

Registration is open. To sign up for a workshop, please email Lynnea Chapman King at lchapmanking@southwestpca.org.

View the full lineup of pre-conference workshops: http://southwestpca.org/front-page-news/announcing-2015-pre-conference-workshops/

 

Screenings at SWPACA15

SWPACA15-ScreeningsThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce the schedule for screenings during the for the 36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14.

Screening: “Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie”

Wednesday night, 8:15pm, hosted by the Film and History Area

GOING ATTRACTIONS is the definitive story of the drive-in movie.  A product of post World War II optimism, the drive-in movie theater emerged as the perfect blend of entertainment and car culture.  Fueled by the baby boom, drive-ins became an integral part of the American teenage experience.

But in the late 60s, the culture changed drastically in the United States, sending the drive-in business into a downward spiral for almost three decades with successive blows from political and economic conditions and new inventions like the multi-plex and home video.

In light of the recent resurgence of drive-in theaters, GOING ATTRACTIONS studies the factors that affected the drive-in’s dramatic rise, decline and rebirth, and examining how American culture and family have evolved in the last 60 years.

Screening: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (Animated)

Wednesday night, 8:15, hosted by the Comics Area (this will follow the Comics round table celebration which will be held at 6:30pm)

The 2014 film “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was a huge success and one of the best X-Men movies in the franchise, but it was adapted before as part of the 1990s animated television series. Many do not know or have not seen this adaptation of the famous Chris Claremont story, and you now have an opportunity to see this adaptation and think about it. What do the two adaptations say about the translation of original sequential art storytelling to the big and small screen?

Screening: “Harry Potter” Roulette!

Thursday night, 8:15, hosted by the Harry Potter Area

Join us for the first annual Harry Potter Studies Screening Roulette! The titles of all eight “Harry Potter” films will be placed into a hat and one will be drawn out at random for a live screening. Following the film, a scholarly discussion will be led by Dr. Christopher Bell, chair of Harry Potter Studies, and a panel of scholars from a variety of disciplines. Be there for the start of a SWPACA tradition!

Screening: “They Came Back (Les Revenants),” 2004

Thursday night, 8:15, hosted by Zombie Culture Area

Related to our zombie roundtable and what constitutes a zombie, we are proud to screen “They Came Back (Les Revenants),” a French film considered by many to be one of the best zombie films of the last decade. 70 million people return from their graves with conscious ability not unlike a child and have to relearn everything and reintegrate into society. Are these “returned dead” really zombies or something else entirely?

Screening: The Films of Joe Don Baker – “Final Justice”

Friday night, 8:15, hosted by Mystery Science Theater Area

Come see the great and riffable Joe Don Baker in “Final Justice,” aired during the show’s tenth season. This hilarious romp features Baker as a Texas cop who goes to Malta to avenge and apprehend an Italian gangster who killed his partner. Some mental hygiene shorts will precede the main feature (always a favorite part of our screenings). Scholarly discussion will follow the screening.

Screening: “Once More with Feeling” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” Singalong

Friday night, 8:15, hosted by Science Fiction and Fantasy Area

Annual singalong screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode, “Once More with Feeling,” as well as Joss Whedon’s online musical, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

SWPACA 2015 Conference Schedule Now Live

Schedule-LiveThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce that the schedule for the for the 36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14 is now available to view online at http://conference2015.southwestpca.org. Scroll down to the  section entitled “Schedule of sessions by time.” There are filters to view listings according to date and time.

We look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque!

Nearing 500 likes on Facebook

500-FOLLOWERSThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce that we are rapidly approaching 500 fans on our Facebook page. Help us hit this milestone today, by heading clicking “like” on our Facebook page now, and sharing this message with your friends!

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Application Closese Tonight for Graduate Student Awards and Leadership Institute

2014-leadership-instituteThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce that the Graduate Student Awards application as well as the Michael K. Schoenecke Leadership Institute application will close at midnight tonight, December 1, 2014.

For information on the the Graduate Student Awards visit: http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/.

For information on the Michael K. Schoenecke Leadership Institute, visit http://southwestpca.org/leadership-institute/.

 

Submission Database Now Closed

database-closedThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) regrets to announce that the submission database is now closed an will not be accepting any more papers for the 36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14.

For information on the the subject areas for papers and presentations, and for instructions on submitting visit: http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers.

Deadline Extension: November 15, 2014

deadline-extensionThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce that due to overwhelming demand, we are extending the deadline to submit papers and for early bird registration to November 15, 2014 for the 36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14.

For information on the the subject areas for papers and presentations, and for instructions on submitting visit: http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers.