CFP: Popular Culture & The Classroom SW TX PCA/ACA (12/1/11; 2/8-11/12)

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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Associations
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CFP: Popular Culture and the Classroom
Papers (panelists) needed to examine role of popular culture in today's classrooms (which
includes secondary classrooms or college classrooms) at the Southwest and Texas Popular
Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Feb. 8-11, 2012 in
Albuquerque, NM (Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque).

Here's a quick test for today's educators:

The Hunger Games, Glee, Election 2012, Facebook, "The X-Factor," "American Idol," "Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, "Once Upon a Time," "Grimm," "Downton Abbey," Ipod, Ipads, Celebrity Weddings and Break-ups, Katy Perry, "Twilight," Twitter, Adele, Instant Messaging, Reality Television, Taylor Swift, Superhero Films, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Kindle, X-Box. "LOL and IM Speak," Cell phones, Text messaging, Advertising and Stereotypes.

The list may cause some teachers and professors to scratch their heads, but to our students, these
entries would be part of their daily vocabulary and awareness of the world.

From instant messages discussing homework to the Ipod Revolution, high school and college
students are often the experts when it comes to technological advances and cultural awareness.
As educators, it's increasingly important we embrace popular culture whenever possible to create
meaningful lessons that help students link the curriculum we teach with the world they live in
and understand.

Whether a single lesson idea, a scholarly paper, or a theme for a course, the "Popular Culture and
the Classroom" section of this conference seeks teachers with new ideas of how to use popular
culture effectively in the classroom. We have had presentations in English, Composition, Social Studies/History, Communications, Journalism/Media Studies, Math, ESL, Deaf/Sign Language Classrooms in middle schools, high schools, and college classrooms, and it's always amazing to see popular culture used in so many exciting ways throughout the country.

Submit 250-word paper abstracts to area "
Teaching and the Profession—Popular Culture and the Classroom" at: Online submission should be available after September 1. If you wish to submit a proposal prior to that, are experiencing difficulties with the website, or have any questions about this area of the conference, please email your proposal or questions to Erik Walker at

Deadline for proposal submissions: December 1, 2011. Earlier proposals are welcomed and will be responded with within a week. (If you don't hear back within a week, email area chair!) The conference registration deadline is December 31, 2011. All participants must register by that date or they will not be permitted to present or appear in the program.

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:

Erik Walker
Dept. of English & Journalism
Plymouth South High School
490 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 224-7512
Fax (508) 224-6765