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Call for Papers
February 15, 2017 to February 18, 2017
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Composition & Rhetoric, Digital Humanities, Graduate Studies, Communication

EXTENSION: Call for Papers

Pedagogy & Popular Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


38th Annual Conference, February 15-18, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico


EXTENSION Proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2016


Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 38th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit: http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/  


The Pedagogy and Popular Culture area requests proposals for paper presentations and panels on any topic involving successful or innovative approaches for teaching literature, media studies, film, cultural studies, history, television, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, technology, etc. We also welcome proposals that identify and discuss the existence or implication of specific pedagogical problems or issues, whether or not these advance any new methodologies.  Proposals regarding using popular culture in the classroom are particularly encouraged.


Teachers from any type of school or curriculum are encouraged to submit proposals. Graduate students with teaching experience are particularly welcome. We also welcome innovative practices from independent scholars and secondary educators.


While we encourage and welcome all topics involving pedagogy and/or curriculum development, some suggestions for possible papers or panels are listed below:

  • Combining unusual disciplines in Writing Across the Curriculum courses

  • Utilizing new media technologies or Web 2.0 tools

  • Multimodal learning

  • Discussing the benefits and challenges of online teaching; best practice presentations are gleefully welcome!

  • Integrating popular television, films, novels, graphic novels, or music for meaningful classroom lesson planning

  • Teaching games and game theory

  • Utilizing social networking tools in the classroom

  • Using Wikis or Blogs in the classroom

  • Teaching with podcasts and videocasts

  • Editing family letters and/or journals in student projects

  • Promoting active learning by co-opting structures typically associated with webpages

  • Integrating service learning with traditional curricula

  • Constructing student projects as museum exhibits

  • Challenging standard pedagogical assumptions

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://conference2017.southwestpca.org/  


For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page 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.   


For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.   

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2016.


SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due December 1.  For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/


Registration and travel information for the conference is available at: http://southwestpca.org/conference/registration/


In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal,Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at: http://journaldialogue.org


If you have any questions about the Pedagogy & Popular Culture area, please contact me. We look forward to receiving your submissions.  




Kurt Depner, Area Chair

New Mexico State University - Dona Ana

email: kudepner@nmsu.edu

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