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CFP Popular Culture & the Classroom SWTXPCA/ACA (11/16/12; 2/13-16/2013)
full name / name of organization:
Southwest and Texas Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association
Call for Papers: Popular Culture & The Classroom
Proposal submission deadline: November 16, 2012
Here’s a quick test for today’s educators:
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 Facebook to instant messages discussing homework to ipad “Paperless Research Papers,” high schools and colleges are constantly adapting in how we view and see culture and use it to connect to students—teach our lessons—and shape meaning. 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 on popular culture theory, or a practical theme for a course you’ve set up that you’d like to discuss, 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, Library Science, Math, ESL, Deaf/Sign Language Classrooms, and Culinary Arts over the past years and area always expanding. Whether you teach at a middle school, high schools, or college/university, please share in our academic (yet practical) discussion of the role popular culture plays in education today.
Graduate students should note that there is a new award this year specifically related to this (and a few other) sections of the conference, The Phil Heldrich Award for Popular Culture Pedagogy. See Below:
In honor of the organization's late Executive Director, a writer/professor with a passion for teaching the Phil Heldrich Award for Popular Culture Pedagogy is given to an outstanding graduate student paper that addresses the teaching of popular culture in a classroom setting. The essay can address an issue in the application of a new, engaging popular culture teaching strategy in a specific area of Popular or American culture. Papers can address the application of popular culture at any levels - primary, secondary, or college classrooms - and any disciplines. The award includes a prize of $300.
To submit to this area of the conference:
Earlier proposals are welcomed and will be responded to with within a week.