Beat Generation and Counterculture CFP

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2019
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Literature, Popular Culture Studies

Call for Papers
Beat Generation and Counterculture Panels
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: Nov. 15, 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

Beat Generation and Counterculture Panels
This year, we welcome all topics related to the Beats, inclucing literary, historical, creative, and theoretical approaches, among others.  No theme, but we are particularly interested in putting together a panel on the Beats in film and television.  We also welcome, as always, creative writers to perform their Beat-inspired works.  Last year's creative panel was inspiring!

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 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, 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 Beats and Counterculture area, please contact its Area Chair, Rob Johnson, Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (    

We look forward to receiving your submissions! 

Contact Info: 

Dr. Rob Johnson

Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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