Not so long ago, self-publishing was sneered at as “vanity presses,” but the Kindle Era has changed all that. Self-publishing is no longer that thing that’s stuffed in a box collecting dust in your rich uncle’s attic. Now indie authors are a commercial powerhouse and an industry in and of themselves. Indies often make the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, and they are routinely perched atop the Amazon lists. New writers find an audience, renegade writers push genre boundaries that defy industry constraints, and established writers with long histories in traditional publishing release new titles independently, where royalties are substantially higher. Succeeding as an indie author is not just a matter of slapping words down and clicking “publish,” however. Finding your audience and making your mark requires real work and a deep understanding of the industry from every perspective—writing, production, marketing, public relations—as well as an understanding of how, what, and with whom you want to create and cultivate your author “brand.” During this workshop, I’ll share with you my experiences as a successful indie author of more than thirty romance novels, (including the bestselling Signal Bend series), and offer some tips about how to find, and define, your success in the industry.
In A Moveable Feast Hemingway wrote, “You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil” (6). Hemingway is giving voice to what writers have known for ages—writers only truly know a place once they’ve written there. The Writing Marathon takes this truth and the work of other writers—Natalee Goldberg, Kim Stafford, and Richard Louth—to create a writing experience that is rich, liberating, and impactful. Originally started in New Orleans, writing marathons have been held throughout the U.S. with writers of all ages and experience levels. The writing marathon being offered at the SWPCA conference will be a morning marathon, focusing on downtown Albquerque, and only requires that participants have a desire to write. No experience, previous publications in peer-reviewed journals, or sprinting required.
Do you want to turn your scholarly idea, article, presentation, or book into a volume that reaches a broader audience? This workshop, conducted by author and editor Cynthia Miller and Stephen Ryan, Senior Editor for Rowman & Littlefield, will focus on practical suggestions for framing your scholarly project in ways that will appeal to a wide range of educated readers as well as the scholarly community. The workshop will demonstrate not only how to move from “I’ve got a great idea,” to a book proposal, and beyond; we’ll talk about how to broaden your target audience while retaining scholarly rigor and integrity. Feel free to bring material from current projects to discuss and work on!
Registration for pre-conference workshops are now open! Join workshop leaders Cynthia Miller, Stephen Ryan, Kathryn Lane, and Susan Fanetti as they kick off the conference with workshops on publishing and writing! Register now at http://conference.southwestpca.org/southwestpca/! (NOTE: Fees apply.)
The 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.
The 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!
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. Submit Proposal
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.
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.