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Motor Culture and the Road - SWPACA Conference February 19-22, 2014, Submission Deadline Nov. 1, 2013
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Southwest Popular / American Culture Association
Motor Culture and the Road spans across a variety of different disciplines. More often than not, we associate “motor” with automobile culture; but the term “motor” can also simply describe any type of movement at a steady pace. In addition, the concept of “road” can remind of us freedom or escape; but it can also be an obstruction, such as “the road to nowhere” or “the end of the road.” Regardless of how one interprets these constructions of motor and the road, it is clear that we are all impacted by their presence in everyday life. The theme of this year’s conference asks us to contemplate the past, present, and future of popular culture; and in this call specifically, the motor world. Join us for the 35th annual conference just steps away from Route 66 for an engaging, interdisciplinary investigation of the increasingly popular and diverse representations of mobility and our culture(s). SWPACA welcomes scholars at all levels. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. SWPACA awards a number of monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories.
Proposal topics for Motor Culture and the Road might include, but are not limited to: Nostalgia (1950s, 1980s, etc.), Car Culture and the Pin-up Model, Cruising (History, traditions, rituals), Cars and Music (“Little Deuce Coupe” – The Beach Boys, “Drive my Car” – The Beatles, “Little Red Corvette” – Prince…), TV and Car Shows (Discovery Channel’s Loud and Fast and Jesse James : Outlaw Garage …), Economic and/or Industrial Future of Car Manufacturing, Fashion – Motorcycle / Car Inspired Apparel, car or motorcycle history (models and styles, classic and modern, the industry), lowriders, hot rods, custom cars/choppers and racial/ethnic, class, or gender identity, Route 66 and roadside architecture, Nation and/ or citizenship, region, locality, Environmental impacts and ecological issues.