UPDATE: SWPACA Children's/Young Adult Literature and Culture Area (11/15/13-2/19-22/14)

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Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
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Submission Deadline Extended! November 15, 2013

SWPACA Children's/Young Adult Literature and Culture Area
35th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference
February 19-22, 2014
Albuquerque, NM

Submission deadline extended: November 15, 2013
Submit proposals to: http://conference2014.southwestpca.org

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
300 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Further conference details are available at http://southwestpca.org/

This year, as we celebrate our 35th anniversary, we also introduce our new organizational name: Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA). Please join us in Albuquerque to celebrate with us the start of a new chapter in our organization.

The Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture area has taken as its theme "The Monstrous in Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture," and solicits proposals dealing with the concept of monsters and the monstrous from literal, physical, metaphorical, psychological, spiritual, or ideological perspectives. In keeping with the conference's overall theme of "Popular Culture and American Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," papers including some aspect of looking at "the monstrous" across time will be read with special interest. We highly encourage "thinking outside the box" with this theme. While papers addressing the conference or area theme will be given preference, papers addressing other aspects in children's and young adult literature and culture will also be read with interest.

Scholars, researchers, professionals, teachers, graduate students and others interested in this area are encouraged to submit an abstract. Graduate students are especially encouraged and will be assisted in accessing any and all award opportunities the conference and/or associations provide. Award categories can be found here: http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/. Upon acceptance of a proposal, I will send out information on which awards would be most suited to the subject matter of the presentation.

We would like to encourage scholars and students outside of the United States to submit proposals. However, all potential presenters need to be aware that our conference rules state that participants must present their papers in person at the conference. Given the more complex nature of international travel these days, we encourage international proposals be submitted as early as possible so as to provide enough time to make those travel arrangements.

All proposals need to be submitted using our conference submission database at http://conference2014.southwestpca.org. This database is used to send out acceptance notifications, organize panels, and put the conference program together. It is important for all submitters to enter their contact information and presentation proposal information into the database to avoid confusion.

This area covers a wide variety of possible mediums: traditional book/literature culture, but also comics, graphic novels, film, television, music, video games, toys, internet environment, fan fiction, advertising, marketing tie-ins to books and films, just to name a few. Proposals on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or cross-genre topics are welcome. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome, as are presentations that go beyond the traditional scholarly paper format.

In addition, please check out the organization's new peer-reviewed, quarterly journal: Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, which will debut its inaugural issue at the 2014 conference. (Find more information at http://journaldialogue.org.)

Please submit proposals of 250 words and a brief bio (100 words) for individual presentations, or a proposal for a full panel (3-4 papers on a panel – please submit contact information, abstract, and brief bio for each person on the panel) to our conference database at http://conference2014.southwestpca.org.

Proposal submission deadline extended: November 15, 2013

For questions or if you encounter problems with submitting proposals to the database, please contact Diana Dominguez, Area Chair. Please put SWPACA in the subject line so I can filter the messages effectively.

Contact info:
Diana Dominguez
Area Chair: Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture
The University of Texas at Brownsville