UPDATE Libraries, Museums, Archives, and Digital Humanities in Popular Culture Area, SWPACA Feb. 7-10, 2018

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
contact email: 



Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Digital Humanities in Popular Culture Area

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 http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/ 

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Digital Humanities in Popular Culture area solicits paper proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, independent scholars, and other aficionados (yes! including people who use libraries, archives, and museums!) of popular culture and information settings of all types.  We also encourage proposals for slide shows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes. Proposals on digital humanities and other forms of digital scholarship and data-driven projects are also welcome.

Some suggested topics:

  • Histories and profiles of museums, archives, libraries, special collections, and other popular culture resources; a chance to show off what you’ve got to scholars who might want to use it
  • Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources
  • Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs, special exhibits, outreach programs
  • Collection and organization of popular culture resources; marketing and ethical issues
  • Wikipedia, YouTube, Google books, social networking, EBay, gaming, and their impact on libraries, archives, museums, and popular culture collections
  • The role of public libraries, archives, and museums in economic hard times and natural disasters
  • Oral history projects
  • Digital humanities and other digital/data-based projects on popular culture, the Southwest, and other relevant subjects, both those based in libraries, archives, or museums and those in academia or other organizations.


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 is October 22, 2017.   

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 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 Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Digital Humanities in Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair,

David Oberhelman

Oklahoma State University Libraries