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#CFPHighlight Historic and Contemporary Cultures


Historic and Contemporary Cultures

  • American Studies and American History
  • Beats, Counterculture, and Hipsters
  • Classical Representations in Popular Culture
  • Crafting, Crafters, and Craft Culture
  • Crime and Culture
  • Esotericism and Occultism
  • Food and Culture
  • Fashion, Style, Appearance, and Identity
  • Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture
  • Mothers, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular Culture
  • Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk
  • Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Science, Technology, and Culture
  • Sociology of Popular Culture
  • Shakespeare in Popular Culture
  • Stardom and Fandom
  • War and Culture
  • Witchcraft, Wizardry, & New Age

Visit our Call for papers page for more!

#CFPHighlight Film, Television, Music, and Visual Media


Film, Television, Music, and Visual Media

  • SPECIAL AREA FOR 2020: The Works of Rob Thomas: Veronica Mars, iZombie, and Beyond
  • Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • The American West: Film and Literature
  • Animation Studies
  • Breaking Bad / Better Call Saul
  • Computer Culture
  • Consumerism and Culture
  • Film and History
  • Film Studies
  • Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice
  • Grateful Dead
  • Horror (Literary and Cinematic)
  • Music: Traditional, Political, Popular
  • Mystery Science Theater and the Culture of Riffing
  • Rap and Hip-Hop Culture
  • Television
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Visual Arts

Visit our Call for papers page for more!

#SW2020 Code of Conduct

Last year we announced the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Code of Conduct for all participants in SWPACA conference related events. For the upcoming #SWPACA2020 conference, we are continuing to use this set of guidelines for our event. 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 Open! Call for Papers & Awards Applications

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is pleased to announce that proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st annual SWPACA conference! One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories, as well as travel assistance to graduate and undergraduate students in the form of fellowships. For more information, visit the Graduate Student Award Page.

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at on the Registration Page.

Submissions of accepted full papers are due January 1, 2020.

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at

Submit a News Item

If you have news that you think would be of value to the SWPACA community of scholars? If so, email

Items to consider would include:

  • Calls for Papers
  • Professional Development Opportutnites
  • Conferences
  • New Publications

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

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