Music: Traditional, Political, Popular at SWPACA Feb 2014 - proposals Nov 1, 2013

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Call for Papers - Music: Traditional, Political, Popular
2014 Southwest Popular / American Culture Association
35th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 19-22, 2014

The SWPACA Music: Traditional, Political, Popular Area invites submissions from individuals or organized panels (3 or 4 persons). While special consideration will be given to submissions consistent with the conference's theme, "Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," submissions focusing on any topic relating to all aspects of the popular cultural study of music are welcomed. Topics can include but are not limited to:
• individual artists or albums
• genres of music
• historical/geographic/cultural influences on music
• music performances, the industries of music, and the locations of music consumptions and distributions
• publicity and promotion of music: critics, websites, magazines, street teams
• music and art
• technology and music
• music and memory (nostalgia/preservation/museums/collectibles)
• music on radio, on television, on stage, and in academia

Abstracts on any topic of music will be considered. (Please note: specific SWPACA areas exist for Grateful Dead, Punk, and Rap/Hip-Hop scholarship. Proposals on these topics should be directed accordingly.)

Individual abstracts and complete panels of three and four presentations will be welcomed.

For individual submissions, please include name, affiliation, and email address along with the title of the paper, a 150-250 word abstract, and a brief bio.

For panel submissions, please include all the above for each paper, along with a title for the panel, the name of the proposed panel chair, and a 50 word summary of the panel's focus.
Scholars, teachers, professionals, and others interested in music-related topics are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are also particularly welcome with award opportunities for best graduate papers.

The 2014 SWPACA Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Further details regarding the conference (listing of all areas, audio/visual equipment, hotel, registration, etc.) can be found at

SWPACA has its own peer-reviewed, quarterly journal! Check out Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, which will debut its inaugural issue at the 2014 conference.

Inquiries regarding the Music area may be sent to Area Chair Brad Klypchak at

Abstract submission should occur through

All submissions must be received by November 1, 2013 for acceptance consideration.