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#CFPHighlight: Historic and Contemporary Cultures

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is accepting papers for SWPACA19. More details about each of the subject areas can be found on our Call for Papers page. After you find the subject area that fits your work, follow the instructions on the Conference Registration Information page to submit your work for consideration.

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Historic and Contemporary Cultures

American Studies and American History
Deborah Marinski, PhD, Ohio University – Southern Campus, History

Beats, Counterculture, and Hipsters
Robert Johnson, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Crafting, Crafters, and Craft Culture.
Janet Brennan Croft, Rutgers University Library

Crime and Culture
Darrell Hamlin, PhD, Fort Hays State University, Political Science

Esotericism and Occultism
George Sieg, PhD, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Food and Culture
Ami Comeford, PhD, Dixie State University

Fashion, Style, Appearance, and Identity
Annette Lynch, PhD, University of Northern Iowa

Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Digital Humanities in Popular Culture
Suzanne M. Stauffer, PhD, Louisiana State University

Mothers, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular Culture
Kathleen Lacey, PhD, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk
Matthew Kelley, PhD, University of Alabama

Philosophy and Popular Culture
Sammuel R. Byer, PhD, Fort Hays State University, Philosophy

Politics
Darrell Hamlin, PhD, Fort Hays State University, Political Science

Religion
Warren Kay, PhD, Merrimack College, Religious & Theological Studies

Science, Technology, and Culture
Aaron Adair, PhD, Independent Scholar

Sociology of Popular Culture
Bruce Day, PhD, Central Connecticut State University, Sociology

Shakespeare in Popular Culture
Jessica Maerz, PhD, University of Arizona, Theatre Studies

Stardom and Fandom
Lynn Zubernis, PhD, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Counselor Education

War and Culture
Steffen Hantke, PhD, Sogang University, English

Witchcraft, Wizardry, & New Age
Renae Mitchell, PhD, University of New Mexico Los Alamos, SWPACA Assistant Awards Coordinator

#CFPHighlight: Film, Television, Music, and Visual Media

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is accepting papers for SWPACA19. More details about each of the subject areas can be found on our Call for Papers page. After you find the subject area that fits your work, follow the instructions on the Conference Registration Information page to submit your work for consideration.

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Film, Television, Music, and Visual Media

Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture
Amy Fatzinger, PhD, University of Arizona, American Indian Studies

Alfred Hitchcock
Michael Howarth, PhD, Missouri Southern State University, English

The American West: Film and Literature
Larry Van Meter, PhD, Blinn College, English

Animation Studies
Francisco Ortega, PhD, Texas Tech University

Breaking Bad / Better Call Saul
Nick Gerlich, PhD, West Texas A&M University, Marketing

Computer Culture
Adam Crowley, PhD, Husson University, English

Consumerism and Culture
Melissa Tackett-Gibson, PhD, University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs

Film and History
Brad Duren, PhD, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Behavioral & Social Sciences

Film Studies
Allen Redmon, PhD, Texas A&M University Central Texas, English and Film Studies

Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice
Judd Ruggill, PhD, University of Arizona

Grateful Dead
Nicholas Meriwether, Center for Countercultural Studies

Horror (Literary and Cinematic)
Steffen Hantke, PhD, Sogang University, English

Music: Traditional, Political, Popular
Cody Smith, PhD, North Lake College, History

Mystery Science Theater and the Culture of Riffing
Brad Duren, PhD, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Behavioral & Social Sciences

Rap and Hip-Hop Culture
Robert Tinajero, PhD, University of North Texas-Dallas

Jamel Garrett, Assistant Area Chair, Michael K. Schoenecke Leadership Institute Fellow

Television
Melanie Cattrell, PhD, Blinn College, English

Theatre and Performance Studies
Monica Ganas, PhD, Azusa Pacific University, Theater

Visual Arts
Nancy Kay, PhD, Independent Scholar

Introducing the SWPACA Code of Conduct

2018-Code-of-ConductWe are pleased to announce that the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association has developed a Code of Conduct for all participants in SWPACA conference related events. The Code of conduct has been developed to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to academic inquiry and growth and which provides a safe, respectful, and enjoyable experience for all.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these important guidelines at the link below.

View Code of Conduct

We are saddened to report the passing of Deb Carmichael

Deb-Carmichael-2We are saddened to report the passing of Deb Carmichael, former SWPACA Area Chair and long-time supporter of the organization. Those of you who interacted with Deb will understand the loss to popular culture studies and to academia more broadly.

Deborah Carmichael was a thoughtful and caring teacher in the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures Department at Michigan State University.  A good listener and friend, Deb always kept her door open for students and colleagues alike. She received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, where she studied nineteenth-century American literature, and film and popular culture.  There, she researched Oklahoma film circuits as cultural centers in small agricultural communities. Deb also served as managing editor of the Journal of Popular Culture and Editor-in-Chief of Film and History. She published scholarly articles, did textbook editing, and gave numerous conference presentations on popular culture at the regional, national, and even international levels. Deb was active in the American Federation of Teachers union, and had just been elected as its president. She traveled widely, to Australia (invited conference speaker) and to Europe and the Middle East, and had lived in Oklahoma, Florida, and New York City, where she was a fashion merchandiser. About one year ago, she was preceded in death by her long-time and much beloved partner Michael Baldwin. 

#SWPACA16 Photos

Thank you to all our #SWPACA16 participants! We had a stellar year with nearly 1000 of you at the conference.

See you next year

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 →

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.