Call for Papers


Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 38th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.

For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please see below.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Individual proposals for 15 minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words.  Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2016.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due December 1.  For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact:
Kelli Shapiro, PhD
Conference Programming and Engagement Coordinator,


SWPACA Subject Area List:

Film, Television, Music, and Visual Media | Historic and Contemporary Cultures | Identities and Cultures | Language and Literature | Science Fiction and Fantasy | Teaching and the Profession | Eclectica


Open: Film, Television, Music, and Visual Media

Film, Television, Music, and Visual Media

Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture
Chuck Hamilton, PhD, Northeast Texas Community College, English,

Advertising and Consumer Culture

Alfred Hitchcock
Michael Howarth, PhD, Missouri Southern State University, English,

The American West: Film and Literature
Larry Van Meter, PhD, Blinn College, English,

Breaking Bad / Better Call Saul
Nick Gerlich, PhD, West Texas A&M University, Marketing,

Computer Culture
Natasha Chuk, PhD, School of Visual Arts, Art History,

Digital Humanities
David D. Oberhelman, PhD, Oklahoma State University Library,,

Film and History
Brad Duren, PhD, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Behavioral & Social Sciences,

Film Studies
Allen Redmon, PhD, Texas A&M University – Central Texas, English,

Film Theory and Aesthetics
Amy Fatzinger, PhD, University of Arizona, American Indian Studies,

Game Studies, Culture, Play, and Practice
Judd Ruggill, PhD, University of Arizona,

Grateful Dead
Nicholas Meriwether, University of California – Santa Cruz, McHenry Library,

Horror (Literary and Cinematic)
Steffen Hantke, PhD, Sogang University, English,

James Bond, Espionage, and Eurospy
Michele Brittany, Independent Scholar,

Music: Traditional, Political, Popular
Cody Smith, PhD, College of the Mainland, History,

Mystery Science Theater and the Culture of Riffing
Robert G. Weiner, Texas Tech University Library,

Rap and Hip-Hop Culture
Robert Tinajero, PhD, Paul Quinn College, English,


Theatre and Performance Studies
Monica Ganas, PhD, Azusa Pacific University, Theater,

Visual Arts
Nancy Kay, PhD, Merrimack College, Art History,


Open: Historic and Contemporary Cultures

Historic and Contemporary Cultures

American Studies and American History
Deborah Marinski, PhD, Ohio University – Southern Campus, History,

Beats, Counterculture, and Hipsters
Christopher Carmona, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Creative Writing,

Classical Representations in Popular Culture
Benjamin Haller, PhD, Virginia Wesleyan College, Classics,,

Crime and Culture
Darrell Hamlin, PhD, Fort Hays State University, Justice Studies,

Fashion, Style, Appearance, & Identity
Carla Perez, PhD, University of the Incarnate Word, Fashion Management,

Food and Culture
Laura Anh Williams, PhD, New Mexico State University, Women’s Studies,

The Geek and Popular Culture
Kathryn Lane, PhD, Northwest Oklahoma State University, English,

Libraries, Archives, Museums, & Popular Culture
Janet Brennan Croft, Rutgers University Library,

Material Culture and the Built Environment
Lisa Schrenk, PhD, University of Arizona, Architectural History,

Mothers, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular Culture
Kathleen Lacey, SWPACA Leadership Institute Fellow, University of Nebraska – Lincoln,

Motor Culture and the Road
Stacy Rusnak, PhD, Georgia Gwinnett College, Film,

Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk
Gordon Marshall, PhD, Ankara University, American Studies,

Philosophy and Popular Culture
Burcu Gurkan, PhD, Istanbul Sehir University, Foreign Languages,


Warren Kay, PhD, Merrimack College, Religious & Theological Studies,

Science, Technology, and Culture
Aaron Adair, PhD, Independent Scholar,

Shakespeare in Popular Culture
Jessica Maerz, PhD, University of Arizona, Theatre Studies,

Stardom and Fandom
Lynn Zubernis, PhD, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Counselor Education,

War and CultureSteffen Hantke, PhD, Sogang University, English,


Open: Identities and Cultures

Identities and Cultures

African American / Black Studies
Debbie Olson, PhD, Missouri Valley College, English,

Arab Culture in the U.S.

Asian Popular Culture / The Asian American Experience
Elaine Cho, PhD, Eastfield College, English,

Chicano/a Literature, Film, and Culture
Jeanette Sanchez, University of Washington, Drama,

Disability Studies
Lexey Bartlett, PhD, Fort Hays State University, English,

Native American/Indigenous Studies
Margaret Vaughan, PhD, Metropolitan State University, Ethnic Studies,

Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Pat Tyrer, PhD, West Texas A&M University, English and Modern Languages,


Open: Language and Literature

Language and Literature

Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, and Personal Narrative
Melinda McBee, PhD, Independent Scholar,

Captivity Narratives
B. Mark Allen, PhD, South Texas College, History and Philosophy,

Children’s / Young Adult Literature and Culture
Diana Dominguez, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Literatures and Cultural Studies,

Cormac McCarthy
Katherine Sugg, PhD, Central Connecticut State University, English,

Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction)
Jerry Bradley, PhD, Lamar University, English,

Eco-Criticism and the Environment
Jeremy Elliott, PhD, Abilene Christian University, Language and Literature,

European Popular Culture and Literature
Tyler Blake, PhD, MidAmerica Nazarene University, English,

Folklore Studies
Helen McCourt, PhD, Collin College, English,

Graphic Novels, Comics, and Popular Culture
Robert G. Weiner, Texas Tech University Library,


Literature (General)
Samantha Lay, PhD, University of West Alabama, English,

Mystery / Detective Fiction
Lexey Bartlett, PhD, Fort Hays State University, English,

Myth and Fairy Tales
Sheila Dooley, PhD, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Writing and Language Studies,

Poetry and Poetics (Critical)
Scarlett Higgins, PhD, University of New Mexico, English,

Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Robert Galin, University of New Mexico – Gallup, English and Communications,


Open: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Disaster in Culture
Shane Trayers, PhD, Middle Georgia State College – Macon Campus, English,

Harry Potter Studies
Christopher Bell, PhD, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Communication,

Science Fiction and Fantasy – General
Susan Fanetti, PhD, California State University – Sacramento, English,
Follow the Science Fiction and Fantasy area on Facebook at and on Twitter @swtxsffchairs

Supernatural (TV series)
Erin Giannini, PhD, Independent Scholar,

The Works of Joss Whedon
Susan Fanetti, PhD, California State University – Sacramento, English,

Zombie Culture
Robert G. Weiner, Texas Tech University Library,


Show the Content

Teaching and the Profession

Pedagogy and Popular Culture
Kurt Depner, New Mexico State University – Dona Ana, English,
Facebook Group: SWPACA Pedagogy & Popular Culture
Twitter: Pedagogy&PopCulture ‏@SWPCAPedagogy

Undergraduate Presentations
Note: All individual presentations by undergrads must be submitted to this area in the submission database


Open: Eclectica


Eclectica: For Topics with No Other Home
Jeff Clayton, PhD, Lee College, English,