Call for Papers

UPDATE 11/15/2014: Submissions for the conference are now closed.


Popular and American Culture Studies

Many Faces, Many Voices:
Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture

Join us for the 36th Annual SWPACA Conference
February 11 – 14, 2015,
Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Join us as we embrace the scholarship addressing the ways we cross borders in our everyday lives. From personal experiences of gender, class, and race/ethnicity, to disciplinary intersections with pedagogical implications, the future of American and Popular Culture is dynamic and rich!  The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is now accepting paper/panel proposals for our 36th annual conference being held February 11 – 14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center, Albuquerque, NM.

Submission Directions:

Use this list of Subject Areas when preparing your paper/panel proposal. The areas are divided into multiple thematic categories; use the jump-links below to navigate to various categories, or just scroll down the extensive list. For 2015, the conference has combined, expanded, and/or discontinued various subject areas.  So, please check this revised list carefully before deciding which area to send your proposal.

Click on an individual area name to find its Call for Papers. Please note that many areas have specific requirements for proposals, as explained in their respective CFPs.

For 2015, applicants must enter their proposals directly through the conference’s online submission database. We will begin accepting soon.  Final deadline for submissions is November 15, 2014. Area chairs will NOT consider any emailed proposals. However, if you need additional information prior to submitting a proposal, email the appropriate area chair.

Each applicant may submit only one paper proposal.  The proposed paper should not have been published or presented elsewhere.


Kelli Shapiro, PhD
Area Development & Awards Coordinator

SWPACA Subject Area List:

Culture | Ethnicity | Film, Television, and Media Studies | Language and Writing | Literature | Material Culture | Music | Science Fiction and Fantasy | Special Topics | Teaching and the Profession


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

Jeff Birdsong, PhD, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Social Sciences,

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

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


Africana Studies
Area Chair TBD. Please see CFP

Arab Culture in the U.S.
Lutfi Hussein PhD,, Mesa Community College, English,

Asian Popular Culture / The Asian-American Experience
Debbie Scally, PhD, University of Texas – Dallas, Humanities,

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

Native American/Indigenous Studies
Margaret Vaughan, PhD, Metropolitan State University, Ethnic Studies,
Follow the Native American/Indigenous Studies area on Facebook at and on Twitter @nativeswtxpca

Film, Television, and Media Studies

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

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

The American West: Film and Literature
Larry Van Meter, PhD, University of Central Oklahoma, English,

Classical Representations in Popular Culture
Benjamin Haller, PhD, Virginia Wesleyan College, Classics, bhaller@vwc.edu

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

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

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

Film Theory and Aesthetics
Jennifer L. Jenkins, PhD, University of Arizona, English,

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

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

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

Reality TV
Dalyn Luedtke, PhD, Norwich University, English and Communications,

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,

Monica Ganas, PhD, Azusa Pacific University, Theater,

Theatre and Performance Studies
Lynn Sally, PhD, Metropolitan College of New York, American Urban Studies,

Language and Writing

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

Creative Writing Pedagogy
Julie Chappell, PhD, Tarleton State University, English & Languages,

Experimental Writing and Aesthetics
Hugh Tribbey, PhD, East Central University, English,

Maria Eugenia Trillo, PhD, Western New Mexico University, Spanish,

Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Meagan Rodgers, PhD, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, English,


Beats and Counterculture
Christopher Carmona, PhD, University of Texas at Brownsville, English,

Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, and Personal Narrative
Melinda McBee, PhD, El Centro College, English,

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 – Brownsville, English,

European Popular Culture and Literature
M. Catherine Jonet, PhD, New Mexico State University, Women’s Studies,

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

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

Folklore Studies
Phyllis Bridges, PhD, Texas Woman’s University, English,

Literature (General)
Shelley Rees, PhD, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, English,

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

Myth and Fairy Tales
Jacquilyn Weeks, PhD, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, English,

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

Material Culture

Consumer Culture and Advertising
Michelle Kaiserlian, PhD, Austin Community College, Art,

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,

Libraries, Archives, Museums, & Popular Culture
Janet Brennan Croft, Rutgers University Library, Access and Delivery Services,

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


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

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

Punk Music and Culture
Bryan L. Jones, Oklahoma State University, English,

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Follow the Science Fiction and Fantasy area on Facebook at and on Twitter @swtxsffchairs

Science Fiction and Fantasy – General
Rikk Mulligan, PhD, Association of Research Libraries, Scholarly Publishing,

Science Fiction and Fantasy – Literature
Brian Cowlishaw, PhD, Northeastern State University, Languages and Literature,

Doctor Who and/or Torchwood
Erin Giannini, PhD, Independent Scholar,

A Game of Thrones
Brian Cowlishaw, PhD, Northeastern State University, Languages and Literature,

The Hunger Games
Brian Cowlishaw, PhD, Northeastern State University, Languages and Literature,

Supernatural (TV series)
Tamy Burnett, PhD, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, English,

The Vampire Diaries
Tamy Burnett,  PhD,University of Nebraska – Lincoln, English,

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

Special Topics

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

Breaking Bad
Nick Gerlich, PhD, West Texas A&M University, Marketing,

Children in Film
Debbie Olson, University of Texas – Arlington, English,

Cormac McCarthy
Richmond Adams, PhD, Eastern Oklahoma State College, English,

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

Digital Humanities
David D. Oberhelman, PhD, Oklahoma State University Library, Humanities-Social Sciences Division, d.oberhelman@okstate.edu

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

Jeff Clayton, PhD, Lee College, English,

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

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

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

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

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

Neo-Victorianism and Steampunk
Gordon Marshall, PhD, Istanbul Aydin University, English,

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

Science, Technology, and Culture
Warren Kay, PhD, Merrimack College, Religious & Theological Studies, 

War and Culture
Steffen Hantke, PhD, Sogang University, English,

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

Teaching and the Profession

Pedagogy and Popular Culture
Kurt Depner, New Mexico State University,
Erik Walker, Plymouth South High School, English & Journalism,
Facebook Group:  SWPACA Pedagogy & Popular Culture
Twitter:  Pedagogy&PopCulture ‏@SWPCAPedagogy

Undergraduate Presentations
Raymond A. Hall, PhD, Central Washington University, Africana and Black Studies,