(Update) Poetry and Poetics (Critical) Papers and Panels for Southwest American/Popular Culture Association Conference

Scarlett Higgins's picture
December 1, 2020
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Literature, Humanities, Popular Culture Studies, African American History / Studies

Call for Papers

Poetry & Poetics (Critical)

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)



42nd Annual Conference, Week of February 22-27, 2021


Submission Deadline EXTENDED to December 1, 2020


For the 2021 Conference, SWPACA is going virtual! Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be holding our annual conference completely online this year. We hope you will join us for exciting papers, discussions, and the experience you’ve come to expect from Southwest.


Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 42nd 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/


We are now forming panels for presentations of American poetry and poetics criticism at our 2021 conference. There are no limits in regard to historical period, topic, or theme, and we welcome panel proposals, especially those that include panelists from multiple institutions.


If your research does not focus on poetry and poetics criticism but fits within the broad range of areas designated for the upcoming conference on American and Popular culture, we encourage you to consult the conference website, http://southwestpca.org , for a list of Area Chairs and their calls for papers.


Poet-critics who may wish to participate in the readings panels should contact Christopher Carmona, Area Chair for Creative Writing, via the Southwest PCA website.

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


SWPACA will offer registration reimbursement awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2021. SWPACA will also offer registration reimbursement awards for select undergraduate and graduate students in place of our traditional travel awards. For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/. Registration for the conference will be open December 1. Watch your email for details!


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 Poetry and Poetics (Critical) area, please contact its Area Chair, Scarlett Higgins, shiggins@unm.edu .  


We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Contact Info: 

Scarlett Higgins

Director, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature

The University of New Mexico

MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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