CFP: Beats, Counterculture, & Hipsters area, SWPACA (11/1/2015; 2/10-2/13/2016)

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2015
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Humanities, Literature, Social History / Studies, Urban History / Studies

CFP: Beats, Counterculture, & Hipsters area, SWPACA (11/1/2015; 2/10-2/13/2016)

Organizers of the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference seek paper and panel submissions to its “The Beats, Counterculture, & Hipsters” area.

Topics of interest might include Literature of the Beat Generation, Beat Culture and the Cold War, The Beats in Popular Culture, Women in the Beat Generation, African American Beats, Beat Appropriation of African American Culture, Moral Crisis of the Cold War and the Beat Generation, 1960s Counterculture (Hippies), Countercultural conflicts over race and gender, the Beat Movement and its influence on Popular Culture, Conservative Counterculture(s) of the postwar period, Literary Narratives of Counterculture and Utopianism, and studies on Hipsters in the past and in their current incarnations. 

We will accept scholarship as well as creative submissions.

Submit 250-word paper abstracts, or multiple-paper panel proposals (with each abstract on a separate proposal form), online to the area at:  Deadline for proposal submissions: November 1, 2015. Earlier proposals are welcomed and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Direction questions about the Beats, Counterculture, & Hipsters area to: Dr. Christopher Carmona,

Conference hotel:

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

330 Tijeras

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 1.505.842.1234

Fax: 1.505.766.6710

Conference Rate Reservations can be made at:

For more details on the conference, including information about our areas of study, graduate student awards, conference travel, or touring Albuquerque and Santa Fe, please visit our website:  

In addition, please check out the organization’s new, peer-reviewed journal: Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy (

Since the 1970s, the Southwest PACA has sought to foster interdisciplinary study of popular and American literary, historical, visual, and other cultural and media texts. We like to think we are a unique organization that pioneered the study of Popular Culture before it was cool. While our offerings have grown over the years to include areas of international study, we still invite scholars and artists to share their perspectives on American life in the diverse region of the Southwest.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Christopher Carmona

Assistant Professor, Creative Writing

Mexican American Studies (Brownsville Coordinator)

Tel: 956.882.7302 | Fax: 956.882.7064


Office: Sabal Hall 2.418 (Brownsville Campus)

One West University Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520