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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.A� 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 →

2016 Paper Proposals Now Being Accepted

2016-Paper-Proposals-2The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is honored to announce that we are now accepting paper proposals for the 37th annual conference to be held in Albuquerque, NM, February 13-16, 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 downloadable Call for Papers for each subject area. We look forward to all of your proposals!

Call for Papers

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

We will look forward to celebrating his legacy in Albuquerque next February.

Fourth Annual Harry Potter Conference a�� Partner Announcement


When: Friday October 16, 2015

Where: Chestnut Hill College, Philidelphia, PA

Description: An interdisciplinary, academic conference providing a forum for scholarly presentations arising out of the series by J. K. Rowling.

Coinciding with the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill, PA!

Cost: Free and open to the public.

For more information and to register, go to:

Download Flier:A�HP Conference 2015 Flier

2015 Peter C. Rollins Book Award Winners

2015-Rollins-Book-Award-WinnersThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is honored to announce the 2015 Peter C. Rollins Book Award winners. Each year the Rollins award recognizes outstanding scholarship in three categories:

  • Film/Television
  • Popular Culture
  • Sequential Art/Comics and Animation StudiesA�(this topic area may vary from year to year, as it recognizes outstanding scholarship in aA�trendingA�topic in popular culture studies)

These categories are chosen to balance our commitments to honoring our past and recognizing leaders in future scholarship. Through this award, we honor Peter C. Rollins, for whom the prize is named, and his contributions to the field of film and history and his service to the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association. At the same time, we recognize leaders of emergent trends and innovative scholarship in the fields of popular and American culture.

  • In the category ofA�Film and Television, the winning volume isA�Italian Silent Cinema: A ReaderA�edited by Giorgio Bertellini, published in 2013 by John Libbey Publishing.
  • In the category ofA�Popular Culture, the winning book isA�Packaged Pleasures: How Technology & Marketing Revolutionized DesireA�by Gary S. Cross and Robert N. Proctor, published in 2014 by the University of Chicago Press.
  • In the category ofA�Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies, the winning volume isA�Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCayA�by Katherine Roeder, published in 2014 by the University Press of Mississippi.


The Southwest Popular and American Culture Association is grateful to our panel of judges, Dr. Hugh Foley, Dr. Robert G. Weiner, and Dr. Alison Macor, for their thoughtful evaluation of the many excellent volumes submitted for consideration.

We will begin accepting submissions for the 2016 Rollins book award in September 2015.

Learn more about past award winners at our Rollins Book Award page:A�

From Concept to Book Workshop: Cynthia Miller and Stephen Ryan


UPDATE (2/3/15): This workshop is now full.

Wondering how to turn that terrific idea, conference paper, or article into a book-length publication? A�This workshop, conducted by author and editor Cynthia Miller and Stephen Ryan, Senior Editor for Rowman and Littlefield, will focus on practical suggestions for moving from “I’ve got a great idea” to a book proposal, and beyond. A�We’ll talk about how to recognize the difference between an idea suited to a chapter and one that will carry a whole volume, how to add breadth and dimension to existing article-length work, and the nuts-and-bolts of how to draft a proposal to submit to a publisher. A�Feel free to bring material from current projects to discuss and work on!

(Limited to the first 15 registrants)

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

View the full lineup of pre-conference workshops:A�

2015 Breaking Bad Tour of Albuquerque

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The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the for the “2015 Breaking Bad Tour of Albuquerque,” to follow the A�36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14. The tour will be aA�guided driving tour of iconic a�?Breaking Bada�? filming sites in Albuquerque, and is expected to last A�3-3.5 hours. Space is limited, so pre-registration will be required.

The tour will be Saturday, 02/14/2015 at 1:15pm. Registered participants will meet at the Hyatt Registration Desk.

If you are interested in this tour register now at:A�

Writing the Cultural Landscape

SWPACA15-PreConWorkshopsLed by 2012 New Mexico Poet Laureate Levi Romero, Writing the Cultural Landscape is an informal writing workshop that will provide the opportunity for conference attendees to immerse themselves in Albuquerquea��s cultural environment. Beyond the beauty of the citya��s mountains, sunsets, architecture, and the RA�o Grande, is a landscape vibrant with people, culture, stories, and a history that spills out of its ancient past right into the present-day. Students will engage in group discussion, writing prompts, and field exercises that will inspire them to experience and write the cultural landscape stitched across Albuquerquea��s urban fabric. Plazas, mercados, street- life, cultural centers/galleries, and informal community gathering places will provide a backdrop for the writing material. Participants will have the opportunity to present a piece from their field-writing exercises at a subsequent session on Saturday.

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


Empathy Game Design: A Quick Introduction

SWPACA15-PreConWorkshopsLed by Carly Kocurek (Illinois Institute of Technology), participants will explore the emerging genre of empathy games, which includes titles such as Depression Quest, Spent, That Dragon, Cancer, and dys4ia,and work collaboratively to conceptualize games of their own. No technical knowledge or prior experience is necessary.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the goal is for participants to leave with a game concept and list of potential development tools. The limited number of participants will ensure that everyone involved will get the time and attention they need.

Registration is open. If you would like to enroll in the workshop, please email a 100-250 word statement of interest to the Area Research Coordinator (Jennifer deWinter at and Carly Kocurek ( Nota bene: There is no charge for the workshop (for registered conference presenters/attendees).

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 a�?pop culturea�? is discussed everywherea��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 Brownea��s engagement with and love for the humanities be required study for a new generation of higher ed scholars.

This retrospective of Brownea��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

View the full lineup of pre-conference workshops:A�