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Pre-Con Workshop: Pop Culture Production: Create Your Own Zine!

pre-conf-zineZines have a very special place in American popular culture as a DIY response to mainstream magazines. They are most often associated with the Riot Grrrl Movement of the early 1990s, and “talked back” to important social issues like sexism, racism, classism, and ableism. They also challenge traditional methods of content creation, presentation, and distribution. After a brief talk about the history and power of zines, participants will get the chance to create their own zine! Anyone can make one, and they can be about anything. Passionate about a particular cause? Got something to get off your chest? Just want to relax before the conference begins? Bring yourself and your ideas, and we’ll supply the rest!

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Call For Papers #SWPACA17

2017-Call-for-PapersThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is accepting paper proposals for the 38th annual conference to be held in Albuquerque, NM, February 15-18, 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!

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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.