Call for Papers


Join us for the 37th Annual SWPACA Conference

February 10 – 13, 2016,
Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A full list of the conference’s subject areas is below.  Each area has its own Call for Papers.  Please click the name of each area to see its individual CFP.

If you have questions about a specific area, please contact its Area Chair.  If you have questions about the proposal process, please contact the Area Development and Awards Coordinator, Kelli Shapiro, PhD, at

The proposal deadline is November 1, 2015.     

We are now accepting proposal submissions at

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,

Mothers, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular Culture:
Anna CohenMiller, PhD, Nazerbayev Univeristy, Graduate School of Education,

Darrell Hamlin, PhD, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Social Sciences,

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

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

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


Africana Studies
Area Chair TBD.

Arab Culture in the U.S.
Area Chair TBD

Asian Popular Culture / The Asian-American Experience
Area Chair TBD

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,

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

Maria Eugenia Trillo, PhD, Independent Scholar,

Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Area Chair TBD


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

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,

Assistant Area Chair / SWPACA Leadership Institute Fellow: Kathleen Lacey, University of Nebraska – Lincoln,


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

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

Folklore Studies
Helen McCourt, Collin College, English,

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

Literature (General)
Area Chair TBD

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

Myth and Fairy Tales
Chair TBD

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

Material Culture

Consumer Culture and Advertising
Chair TBD

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,

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,

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,

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

British Sci-Fi Television 
Erin Giannini, PhD, Independent Scholar,

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

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

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

Special Topics

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

Cormac McCarthy
Chair TBD

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

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

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,

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

Teaching and the Profession

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

Undergraduate Presentations
Note: All individual proposals by undergrads must be submitted here
Raymond A. Hall, PhD, Central Washington University, Africana and Black Studies,