Southwest Popular/American Culture Association -- Middle Eastern and North African Studies in the United States Call for Papers

Rima  Abunasser 's picture
February 19, 2020 to February 22, 2020
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
Arabic History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Ethnic History / Studies


Call for Papers 

Middle Eastern and North African Studies in the United States

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)

41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation's largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typcially featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

The area chair for Middle Eastern and North African Studies in the United States is now accepting submissions for the 2020 conference. We welcome and encourage proposals regarding any aspect of Middle Eastern and North African life in the U.S. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • MENA representations in popular culture (television, film, comic books, video games, etc.) 
  • Language and translation studies 
  • Queer theory and the MENA community
  • Women and gender studies 
  • MENA art and artists
  • MENA literary studies 
  • Transnationalism, diaspora, and the MENA community
  • MENA coalition building and relationships with various Communities of Color 
  • Racial formation and the MENA community
  • MENA immigration studies 
  • Religion and religious representations

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

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in teh 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 submission is October 31, 2019. 

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2020. For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at

In addition, please check out the organization's peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at

If you have any questions about the Middle Eastern and North African Studies in the United States area, please contact its Area Chair, Rima Abunasser, PhD, Texas Christian University, 

We look forward to receiving your submissions! 


Contact Info: 

Rima Abunasser, Ph.D., Texas Christian University

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