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 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 Area Chair invites paper or panel proposals on any topic related to the works of Joss Whedon. Any and all topics will be considered. Insights into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly are always welcome, but Whedon’s body of work continues to expand, and we encourage proposals on:
Whedon’s work in the Marvel ‘verse, including Astonishing X-Men, The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Whedonverse comics, from Fray on/Buffy comics reboot
Much Ado about Nothing
In Your Eyes/Bellwether Pictures
The Cabin in the Woods
Speculation/thoughts on The Nevers and the move to premium cable over broadcast
The 20th anniversary of Angel‘s debut; the series’ legacy
The Area Chair invites proposals related to the CW television series Supernatural. Any and all topics will be considered, although we especially encourage proposals on:
Representations of socioeconomic class, gender & sexuality, and race & ethnicity
Representations of myth, religion, and (urban) legend
Uses of violence
Music in the show
The series’ response to/engagement with metatextuality and/or fandom
Examining the series legacy in its final season
All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://register.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/
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 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 http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/
Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/
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 Whedon Studies area, please contact its Area Chair, Erin Giannini, email@example.com
We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Erin Giannini, Independent Scholar