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SWPACA Film Series


The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce the inaugural SWPACA Film Series.

Join us Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17 Hyatt Regency Downtown Grand Pavilion I-II. For more information, download the PDF flyer.

2017 Breaking Bad Tour

Kuhr Sril By jaroh. Licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic. Accessed March 16, 2014.

Kuhr Sril By jaroh. Licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic. Accessed March 16, 2014.

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the for the “2017 Breaking Bad Tour of Albuquerque,” to follow the 38th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 15-18. The tour will be a guided driving tour of iconic “Breaking Bad” filming sites in Albuquerque, and is expected to last 3-3.5 hours. Space is limited, so pre-registration will be required.

The tour will be Saturday, 02/18/2017 at 1:15pm. Registered participants will meet at the Hyatt Registration Desk.

If you are interested in this tour register now at:

#SWPACA17 CFP Extension!

CFP-Countdown-2017-EXTENSIONThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association has extended the deadline for  paper proposals for the 38th annual conference to be held in Albuquerque, NM, February 15-18, 2017. The deadline is now November 15, 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 expanded descriptions for each subject area. We look forward to all of your proposals!

Call for Papers

Pre-Con Workshop: Pop Culture & Pedagogy: Using Google Hangouts


As educators, we struggle with encouraging effective collaboration between our students, who tend to push back against these activities as too time consuming, too unfair, and lacking in accountability. This is particular true in an online environment as students who choose this educational path frequently have other commitments that preclude their attendance at brick-and-mortar classes. Why would they want to collaborate with others when they don’t have time to attend a synchronous class?

Well, I say it’s time to push back!  Google has transform our society in remarkably substantive ways: the way we do research, the way we collaborate with fellow educators, the way we network socially with our peers, even the we navigate to our favorite restaurants.  In short, Google has become so intrinsic to our popular culture, it’s hard to imagine living without it; it’s even become a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary!  When was the last time anyone used Yahoo or Alta Vista or Webcrawler to surf the web? Anyone?

Through the use of Google, especially their Hangouts app, you can increase student participation, reduce resistance and improve accountability.  This seminar will take a best practices and hands-on approach towards this powerful learning tool. You’ll be creating a Gmail account (if you don’t have one already), getting online with Hangouts, and making use of its amazing functionality to collaborate with other attendees. In the process, I will show you how you can use Hangouts to engage students in the study of popular culture and in turn, become more engaged with their digital native world.

So bring your smart device and/or laptop, get those creative juices flowing and prepare yourself for an enlightening and entertaining introduction to the powers of Google! It’s not just a search engine anymore!

Facilitator: Kurt Depner 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:30-11:30 am.

Limited to 25 participants; $35 registration fee. You will be sent an invoice at the email address you provide on this form in January for the workshop fee. Payment may be made at that timeor at the time of the workshop.

Please note that registering for the workshop is separate from conference registration, which may be completed at Your spot in the workshop is not guaranteed until conference registration is paid.


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Pre-Con Workshop: From Concept to Book with Cynthia Miller and Stephen Ryan

pre-conf-bookDo 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!

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