Italian American Culture(s) (43rd Annual SWPACA, Albuquerque, NM)

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Call for Papers
October 31, 2021
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
Ethnic History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Italian History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies


Call for Papers


Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


43rdt Annual Conference, February 23-26, 2022

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Submissions open on August 1, 2021

Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2021


Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 43rd 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


Benvenuti! The Italian American Culture(s) area of the conference will consider proposals from the following suggested topics (the list of topics is suggested but not limited to):

  • history
  • social media
  • crafts
  • television
  • theater
  • film
  • literature
  • fashion
  • food
  • music
  • sports
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • language
  • family
  • working-class studies
  • aging studies
  • diaspora
  • spirituality & religion
  • cultural criticism
  • creative work as related to Italian American identity


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 October 31, 2021.  


SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2022.  SWPACA also offers travel fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit


Registration and travel information for the conference will be 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 Italian American Culture(s) area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Carmela Lanza, University of New Mexico-Gallup,  If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at, and a member of the executive team will get back to you.


We look forward to receiving your submissions!


Contact Info.:

Dr. Carmela Lanza

Italian Culture(s) Area Chair

University of New Mexico-Gallup

Contact Email:



Contact Info: 

Dr. Carmela Lanza

Italian Culture(s) Area Chair, 43rd Annual SWPACA, Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of New Mexico-Gallup

Contact Email: