CFP: Film Studies - Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Summer Salon

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Call for Papers
June 8, 2023 to June 9, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Humanities

Call for Papers

Film Studies

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

SWPACA Summer Salon

June 8 & 9, 2023

Virtual Conference

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

The Film Studies area invites presentations on any topic germane to film studies including, but not limited to, film as art, film as culture, and film as industry, and film theory and aesthetics. The most desirable essays will utilize recognized research methodologies that support an arguable thesis or develop a compelling question. We are particularly interested in papers that generate conversation.

A wide range of topics are appropriate for the Film Studies area, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Film Genres
  • Film Criticism
  • Film History
  • Global Cinemas
  • Film Auteurs
  • Film Industry
  • Film & Digital Platforms
  • Representations of gender, race, nationality, social class, etc.
  • LGBTQ+ Subjects
  • Intersections of film with other art forms

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 Registration information for the conference will be available 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.  

If you have any questions about the Film Studies area, please contact its Area Chair, Eric Lackey, Colorado Mesa University, If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at, and a member of the executive team will get back to you.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Contact Info: 

Eric Lackey

Colorado Mesa University


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