Announcing 2015 Pre-Conference Workshops

SWPACA15-PreConWorkshopsThe Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is pleased to announce the list of our Pre-Conference Workshops to be held during the for the 36th Annual SWPACA conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 11-14.

UPDATE: Registration is open. To sign up for a workshop, please email Lynnea Chapman King at lchapmanking@southwestpca.org.

Cover Letter and Vita Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, recent graduates and graduate students are invited to bring copies of a current cover letter and vita, to be reviewed and revised with the assistance of scholars who have served as members of search committees.

(Limited to the first 10 registrants)

Registration is open. To sign up for a workshop, please email Lynnea Chapman King at lchapmanking@southwestpca.org.

From Concept to Book: Cynthia Miller and Stephen Ryan

UPDATE (2/3/15): This workshop is now full.

Wondering how to turn that terrific idea, conference paper, or article into a book-length publication?  This workshop, conducted by author and editor Cynthia Miller and Stephen Ryan, Senior Editor for Rowman and Littlefield, will focus on practical suggestions for moving from “I’ve got a great idea” to a book proposal, and beyond.  We’ll talk about how to recognize the difference between an idea suited to a chapter and one that will carry a whole volume, how to add breadth and dimension to existing article-length work, and the nuts-and-bolts of how to draft a proposal to submit to a publisher.  Feel free to bring material from current projects to discuss and work on!

(Limited to the first 15 registrants)

Registration is open. To sign up for a workshop, please email Lynnea Chapman King at lchapmanking@southwestpca.org.

In the Beginning . . . Why Ray Browne Still Matters

Ray Browne founded the Popular Culture Association in 1970 , in part, as a reaction to the elitist academic organizations of his day.  He helped make the term popular culture synonymous with common culture; today “pop culture” is discussed everywhere—from the classroom to the board room. Professor Browne established two associations, fostered two reviewed journals, established a popular culture library at Bowling Green State University, and wrote/edited a collection of books on subjects as varied as Mark Twain and detective fiction. In this age of STEM and workforce development, it is essential that Browne’s engagement with and love for the humanities be required study for a new generation of higher ed scholars.

This retrospective of Browne’s career and legacy will include a round table discussion, screening of a rare interview that Browne gave at Bowling Green State University, and a question and answer period. Discussants include Kathy Merlock Jackson, Professor of Communication, Past President of ACA, and Editor of the Journal of American Culture; John Bratzel, Past PCA/ACA Executive Director; Mike Schoenecke, former PCA/ACA Executive Director; Michael Marsden, past PCA President; and moderator Ken Dvorak, past President of the ACA and current SWPACA Treasurer/Conference Coordinator.

Registration is open. To sign up for a workshop, please email Lynnea Chapman King at lchapmanking@southwestpca.org.

Empathy Game Design: A Quick Introduction

Led by Carly Kocurek (Illinois Institute of Technology), participants will explore the emerging genre of empathy games, which includes titles such as Depression Quest, Spent, That Dragon, Cancer, and dys4ia, and work collaboratively to conceptualize games of their own. No technical knowledge or prior experience is necessary.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the goal is for participants to leave with a game concept and list of potential development tools. The limited number of participants will ensure that everyone involved will get the time and attention they need. If you would like to enroll in the workshop, please email a 100-250 word statement of interest to the Area Research Coordinator (Jennifer deWinter at jdewinter@wpi.edu) and Carly Kocurek (ckocurek@iit.edu).

Nota bene: There is no charge for the workshop (for registered conference presenters/attendees).

Registration is open. To sign up for a workshop, please email Lynnea Chapman King at lchapmanking@southwestpca.org.

Writing the Cultural Landscape

Led by 2012 New Mexico Poet Laureate Levi Romero, Writing the Cultural Landscape is an informal writing workshop that will provide the opportunity for conference attendees to immerse themselves in Albuquerque’s cultural environment. Beyond the beauty of the city’s mountains, sunsets, architecture, and the Río Grande, is a landscape vibrant with people, culture, stories, and a history that spills out of its ancient past right into the present-day. Students will engage in group discussion, writing prompts, and field exercises that will inspire them to experience and write the cultural landscape stitched across Albuquerque’s urban fabric. Plazas, mercados, street- life, cultural centers/galleries, and informal community gathering places will provide a backdrop for the writing material. Participants will have the opportunity to present a piece from their field-writing exercises at a subsequent session on Saturday.

Registration is open. To sign up for a workshop, please email Lynnea Chapman King at lchapmanking@southwestpca.org.