Call for Papers – DEADLINE EXTENDED!
"Horror" and “War & Culture”
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: November 20, 2019
Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 40th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. In addition to our regular areas, the 2020 conference will also be seeking submissions for special one-time-only areas regarding the work of Rob Thomas and the Amazon series, Good Omens. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/
The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is pleased to welcome TV auteur Rob Thomas as a guest at our 2020 conference. In honor of Mr. Thomas’ presence, we will host special panels on his body of work. Mr. Thomas is best known for creating the WB/Hulu drama-noir series Veronica Mars (2004-2007; 2014; 2019) and co-creating the CW series iZombie (2015-2019) and the Starz series Party Down (2008-2009). He has written, directed, created/co-created, and/or executive produced several other projects for both television and film, as well as written several novels.
SWPACA will also offer 2 preconference workshops scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th, 8:30am-11:30am. Join us this year for workshops in poetry workshop pedagogy and using popular culture in the classroom!
The chair for the “War and Culture” area invites all interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of the intersection of war and culture in literature, film, television, comics, and digital media; on cultural aspects of representation, mobilization, and memory in journalism, architecture, music, and painting; on American life and culture during wartime, etc. Especially encouraged are submissions on the culture of war protest, conscientious objectors, deserters, and anti-war activism.
The area chair for Horror invites all interested scholars to submit paper proposals on any aspect of horror in literature, film, television, digital and online media, as well as in general culture. Given the strong showing of work on horror cinema and television in recent years, we hope to continue this tradition, but also to diversify into new and unconventional areas, especially with the addition in the last four years of roundtable sessions on a variety of popular topics.
If you are interested in organizing and/or in participating in a roundtable event for either one of these two areas, please contact the area chair with questions and suggestions for topics and presenters.
All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://conference.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 has been EXTENDED to NOVEMBER 20, 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. 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 “Horror” and/or the "War & Culture" area, please contact the Area Chair, Steffen Hantke, Sogang University, firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Dept. of English, Sogang University
Seoul, S. Korea