CFP: Pedagogy and Popular Culture SWPACA

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Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
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Call for Papers: Pedagogy and Popular Culture
Southwest Popular and American Culture Association Conference
February 19-22, 2014
Albuquerque, NM

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2013

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Two areas have combined this year! Pedagogies & the Profession and Popular Culture & the Classroom have joined forces for the 35th Annual Southwest Popular & American Culture conference in beautiful downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico!

This is an exciting year for the entire conference as well as we will be debuting our new peer-reviewed journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy (

We are now accepting proposals for paper presentations and panels on any topic involving successful or innovative approaches for teaching literature, media studies, film, cultural studies, television, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, technology, etc. We also welcome proposals that identify and discuss the existence or implication of specific pedagogical problems or issues, whether or not these advance any new methodologies. Teachers from any type of school or curriculum are encouraged to submit proposals.

Graduate students with teaching experience are particularly welcome, with award opportunities for best graduate papers in a variety of categories, including the Phil Heldrich Award for Popular CulturePedagogy. Please see the following link for more details:

While we encourage and welcome all topics involving pedagogy and/or curriculum development, some suggestions for possible papers or panels are listed below:

Using this year's theme, "Popular & American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," in the classroom
Combining unusual disciplines in Writing Across the Curriculum courses
Utilizing new media technologies or Web 2.0 tools
Discussing the benefits and challenges of online teaching
Integrating popular television, films, novels, graphic novels, or music for meaningful
classroom lesson planning
Teaching games and game theory
Utilizing social networking tools in the class room
Using Wikis or Blogs in the classroom
Teaching with podcasts and videocasts
Editing family letters and/or journals in student projects
Promoting active learning by co-opting structures typically associated with webpages
Integrating service learning with traditional curricula
Constructing student projects as museum exhibits
Challenging standard pedagogical assumptions

Proposals must include: 1) A 100-250 word abstract and 2) A brief biographical statement of 50 words. While we will accept proposals until November 1, 2013, we will give first consideration to the proposals received first. Thank you for your submission and we look forward to your participation in the 35th Annual Southwest PCA/ACA Conference! Please submit proposals directly online to the conference website for this category of the conference at

Pedagogies and Popular Culture, Co-Chairs
Kurt Depner
Erik Walker