CFP: [Cultural-Historical] American History and Culture area (2008 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference)

full name / name of organization: 
Kelli Shapiro
contact email: 

Call for Papers: American History and Culture area
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture / American Culture Associations
29th Annual Conference, February 13â€"16, 2008, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The annual SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference is one of the nation’s largest
gatherings of interdisciplinary scholars. The 2008 conference will take
place February 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in vibrant downtown
Albuquerque, New Mexico, just steps from historic Route 66. Further
details about the conference are available at its website,
Sessions are now forming for the American History and Culture area of the
conference. Email your queries and proposals for individual
presentations or full sessions to Area Chair Kelli Shapiro (Dept. of
American Civilization, Brown University) at .
Include a 200-word abstract with a working title, as well as contact
information and a CV or bio, for each potential presenter. Also, please
mention the conference or the American History and Culture area in the
email’s subject line. The submission deadline for the area is November
1, 2007.

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 papers that have
been presented elsewhere (unless to a small and/or local audience).
Further, it permits only one presentation per person. The conference
features numerous individual subject areas, each with its own area chair;
therefore, please consult the area list at to determine which
area should receive your proposal.

Below are some suggestions for presentation / session topics related to
the broad area of American History and Culture. Topics not mentioned
here are also welcome for consideration. Each presentation in the
American History and Culture area should have a historical focus and
should emphasize culture.
* American cultural history in general
* Specific eras / periods in American history
* Public history, collective memory, nostalgia, historic preservation,
memorials / monuments, and historical sites
* Consumer culture and advertising
* Leisure, public amusements, travel, and tourism
* Car culture, the American road / roadside America, and Route 66
* Urban studies, architecture, city planning, cultural geography, and
cultural landscapes
* Local image / identity creation, boosterism, and the marketing of place
* Stardom and celebrity culture
* Radio
* Youth culture / subcultures, children’s culture, etc.
* Visual culture, art, and design

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