"American History and Culture" area at SW/TX PCA/ACA 2010

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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
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"American History and Culture" area
31st Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2010
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2009
Priority registration deadline: November 1, 2009
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, (505) 842-1234

The annual SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference is one of the nation's largest gatherings of interdisciplinary scholars. The 31st annual conference will take place February 10-13, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency in vibrant downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, just steps from historic Route 66. Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org .

Panels are now forming for all of the conference's 80+ individual subject areas, including the "American History and Culture" area. Below are some suggestions for presentation / panel topics related to the area of "American History and Culture." Topics not mentioned here are also welcome for consideration. However, all proposals for the "American History and Culture" area must have a historical focus and should also emphasize culture.

* American cultural history in general
* Specific eras / periods in American history
* Regional and local history (especially in the Southwest)
* Public history, collective memory, representation, nostalgia, memorials / monuments
* Historic preservation and historical sites
* Consumer culture and advertising
* Leisure, public amusements, travel, and tourism
* Urban studies, architecture, city planning, cultural geography, cultural landscapes
* Local image / identity creation, boosterism, and the marketing of place
* Radio
* Sports
* Youth culture/subcultures, children's culture, senior culture, etc.
* Visual culture, art, and design

The submission deadline for the SW/TX PCA/ACA is December 15, 2009, although the priority registration deadline (for discounted rates) is November 1, 2009. For the "American History and Culture" area, please email queries and proposals for either individual presentations or full panels to "American History and Culture" Area Chair Kelli Shapiro (Department of American Civilization, Brown University) at Kelli_Shapiro@brown.edu . (Full panel submissions need to include 3 or 4 papers.) Include a 200-word abstract with a two-part working title (as well as a CV and contact information) for each potential presenter. Please convert any Word 2007 .docx files into the older .doc file format before sending them. Mention the conference or the "American History and Culture" area in the email's subject line.

Professors, independent scholars, teachers, and professionals are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are particularly welcome at the conference, which offers awards for the best graduate papers. Please note that the SW/TX PCA/ACA does not generally accept previously presented (or published) papers. Further, it permits only one presentation per person per year. The conference features numerous individual subject areas – each with its own Area Chair, and each typically including multiple conference panels. Therefore, please consult the area list at http://www.swtxpca.org/documents/123.html to determine whether the "American History and Culture" area is the appropriate area to receive your proposal.

Kelli Shapiro
Area Chair, "American History and Culture"