CFP - Dr. Who Studies .. Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 2018

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2017
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Call for Papers
Dr. Who, Torchwood and Whoverse Studies
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2017

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 39th 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  

Proposals for individual papers and panels are now being accepted for the Dr. Who, Torchwood and Whoverse Studies area of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 2018 Conference. Proposals of 200-250 words are accepted through the conference website: The inclusion of a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

Presentations from cultural studies, film, sociology, mass communication and critical perspectives are welcome. All must relate to television shows in the Dr. Who universe, published fiction (including fan fiction), and other forms of Who-related narratives and discourse. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

•    Gender and sexuality 
•    Powered relationships, (in)justice and discrimination
•    Human nature, mortality, eschatology and spirituality
•    Violence and aggression
•    Fandom and fan culture (including online discussions, fan fiction, and fan websites)
•    Material culture, merchandising and consumption
•    Narrative structure 
•    Narrative shifts over time
•    Casting, direction and production techniques

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.   
SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due December 1.  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

Contact Info: 

If you have any questions about the Dr. Who area, please contact its Area Chair: 

Melissa Tackett-Gibson, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology 
Sam Houston State University


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