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Call for Papers
Children’s/Young Adult Culture
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
SWPACA Summer Salon
June 8 & 9, 2023
Submissions open on March 18, 2023
Proposal submission deadline: April 15, 2023
Proposals for papers are now being accepted for the SWPACA Summer Salon. SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas in a variety of categories encompassing the following: Film, Television, Music, & Visual Media; Historic & Contemporary Cultures; Identities & Cultures; Language & Literature; Science Fiction & Fantasy; and Pedagogy & Popular Culture. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/
Panels are now being formed in the Children’s / Young Adult Culture area. Scholars, researchers, professionals, teachers, graduate students and others interested in this area are encouraged to submit an abstract.
This area covers a wide variety of possible mediums: traditional book/literature culture, but also comics, graphic novels, film, television, music, video games, toys, internet environment, fan fiction, advertising, and marketing tie-ins to books and films, just to name a few. Proposals on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or cross-genre topics are welcome. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome, as are presentations that go beyond the traditional scholarly paper format.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- The art and industry of the Picture Book – both historical and current trends (I’d love to see more presentations on picture books, including wordless picture books)
- Diversity in children’s and YA literature (gender, race/ethnicity, disability, body image, sexual identity, language)
- Use of innovative or “novel” formats for both children’s and YA literature
- The next “big” thing in children’s and YA literature
- Film adaptation issues
- Historical approaches to and the history of children’s and YA literature and culture
- New approaches to reading children’s and YA literature and culture
- Re-imaginings of myth, fairy tale, and other traditional stories
- Explorations of specific authors in the children’s and YA areas
- Fan fiction and fan followings of books, films, and authors
- Beyond books and films
- The pedagogy of children’s/YA culture (K-12 and college)
Proposals on other topics related to Children’s and YA Culture will be read with interest.net
All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at conference.southwestpca.org/southwestpca
For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/ Registration information for the conference will be available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/
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.
If you have any questions about the Children’s/Young Adult Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Diana Dominguez, Emerita Professor/University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, at firstname.lastname@example.org OR Ashley Johnson, Assistant Area Chair, University of Texas at Arlington, at email@example.com. If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and a member of the executive team will get back to you.
We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Diana Dominguez, Area Chair
Emerita Professor/University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Ashley Johnson, Assistant Area Chair
University of Texas at Arlington