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Presenter Database Now Open

conference-database-openThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is pleased to announce that the presenter database is now open. Get your papers together and get ready to submit to present at the 2015 conference!

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Thank you for attending the 2014 meeting!

thank-you-for-attending-2013The Southwest PCA Executive Team would like to thank all participants and guests who attended the 35th annual meeting of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 19-22, 2014. We enjoyed meeting with you, hearing your presentations, and visiting with you at the various functions throughout the week; we hope that your time at the conference was stimulating and rewarding.

We would especially like to thank our honored guests and keynote speakers, Dr. Spencer Herrera, Levi Romero, and Robert Kaiser, who presented portions of their bookA�Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano HomelandA�(UNM Press, 2013). Special thanks, as well, to Dr. Alisa Perren, author of the Rollins Book Award for her workA�Indie, Inc: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990sA�(U of Texas Press, 2012). Photos from the keynote and the awards ceremony are available on the Southwest PCA site.

If you’ve not had opportunity to visit the new journal site, we would encourage you to do so. A�The inaugural issue ofA�Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and PedagogyA�is available atA�, and the second issue is forthcoming this Fall.

The Southwest PCA invites you to join us at our 36th annual conference, to be held February 11-14, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque, where our conference theme will be “Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture.” We look forward to seeing you there and to the next 35 years and beyond in popular culture studies.

Until then,

Lynnea, Ken, Kelli, Tamy, and Chris
Southwest PCA Executive Team

Southwest PCA is now on Flickr!

flickr-annoucementWe are pleased to announce that we now have a Flickr account to share photos from the conference! Take a moment to head over toA� to view our photos.

We will post photos from the conference, the keynotes and others!

As of now, we have two sets:

Keynote by Dr. Spencer Herrera and New Mexico Poet Laureate Levi Romero; this set contains photos from Thursday’s Keynote

Rollins Award and Graduate Awards; this set contains photos of our Rollins Keynote speaker, Alisa Perren, as well as award announcers and all of our graduate A�award winners.

We hope you like the photos. Keep your eye on the Flickr page as we grow our photographic presence and keep a record of our meetings!

Launch of Dialogue the Interdisciplinary Journal Popular Culture and Pedagogy, Volume 1, Issue 1

We are pleased to announce that Classics and Contemporary Popular Culture, Volume 1, Issue 1 of Dialogue the Interdisciplinary Journal Popular Culture and Pedagogy A�is now live. Head on over toA�http://journaldialogue.orgA�and have a look!

Download 2014 Conference Program

We are pleased to present the 2014 Conference Program for you to download.

Download 2014 Conference Program.A�1.8 MB

Run-off Hotel Announcement!

The Southwest PCA room block at the Hyatt is now full. We encourage you to make hotel reservations at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa. They are the Southwest PCA official “run”off hotel and we are pleased they have agreed to help our presenters secure hotel rooms for our conference.

The Embassy Suites overlooks downtown ABQ and is 1786 foot steps to the Hyatt or as we have arranged shuttle service will be available for our conference presenters and their guests.

Hotel Rates:

  • Single: $136.00
  • Double: $141.00
  • Triple: $146.00
  • Quad (Stack & Pack):A�$151.00

Room reservations are now being accepted just mention that you are booking under the SW Popular/American Culture Conference.

Thank You! For Supporting the Southwest PCA

Embassy Suites
1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102, USA
TEL: 1-505-245-7100
FAX: 1-505-247-1083

Extension of Conference Regular Registration Rate

To All SW PCA/ACA Conference Presenters,

We want to thank all of our participants who have taken the time to pay their registration fees thanking you for supporting the organization now entering its 35th year. We are planning for an outstanding conference with special keynotes, BrBa tour, round table sessions, graduate student workshops including our premier event the Peter C. Rollins Book and Graduate Student Awards.

For those still traveling during the holiday break and have not paid registration fees we are extending the current rates through January 31st. We hope this added incentive will help those still deciding on attending our conference to make the journey to ABQ in February 2014!

We Will Be There, Will You?

Happy New Year!

From the entire Southwest PCA Executive and Journal Editorial Team!

Submission Period Extension to November 15, 2013

updated-deadlineDue to the overwhelming response today, with our database working overtime to handle the flood of submissions, the SWPACA executive team has decided to extend the submission period toA�November 15, 2013.

This will give those who have not decided to attend this year’s conference a chance to submit a paper/panel proposal!

Submit today! Remember, all roads lead to ABQ, NM in February … We Will Be There, Will You?


SWPACA Conference Update:

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Spencer Herrera and co-author Levi Romero, the New Mexico Centennial Poet Laureate, will headline the 35th annual Southwest PCA/ACA conferencea��s keynote speakers series. A�Their recently published book, Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano HomelandA�(UNM Press), is a collection of essays, poems, and photographs that takes the reader on a journey across the Hispano Southwest United States.

As their book describes, Un lugarA�sagrado, a sacred place where two or more are gathered in the name of community, can be found almost anywhere a�� and yet it is elusive: aA�charroA�arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to ChimayA?, aA�curandero‘s shrine in South Texas, or at a bi-national Mass along the border.A�SagradoA�is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. Embedded at the heart of this remarkable book, in which prose, photographs, and poems complement each other, is a photopoetic journey across the Chicano Southwest.

Acclaim forA�Sagrado

a�?Sagradoa��s three talented artists represent the best in contemporary Chicano poetry, art and history. One of the most important books Ia��ve read recently.a�?
a�� Rudolfo Anaya

a�?These poems are photos, these photos are poems, and together with the historical testimony that reads delicious as cuento, they are prayers said on behalf of others. A book to teach with or to teach ourselves things we forgot. Wise, heartfelt, generous, grace-filled, and, above all, created with love. And everybody knows whatever is made with love siempre sale bonito. A thousand and one blessings to the artists for this labor fromA�el corazA?n.a�?
a�� Sandra Cisneros

UNM page:A�

Amazon page:A�

KRWG Fronteras interview:A�

Join us for this exciting eventa�� Thursday evening, February 20, 2014

Southwest Roommate Service

The SWPACA provides a roommate service for those individuals wanting to share conference hotel expenses. We cannot, of course, guarantee that people who advertises their desire to find a roommate will find a suitable roommate and we are not liable for problems that may arise. This page is meant only as a service to advertise your need for a roommate with others who need roommates.

The SWPACA does NOT become involved in room accommodations related to roommates; in other words, working out how roommates will pay for the rooms and who will room with whom is strictly up to the people involved. This list exists only as a convenience for attendees who want to find a roommate

Follow the link below to our roommate service website to sign up today You will need to provide the following information:

  • First name, Last Initial
  • Gender (M or F)
  • Email Address

If you withdraw from the conference please contact your roommate ASAP.

Sign up for Southwest Roommate Service