CFP: [Cultural-Historical] American History and Culture area (2009 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
30th Anniversary Conference, February 25-28, 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The annual SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference is one of the nation’s largest
gatherings of interdisciplinary scholars. In honor of its 30th
anniversary, the upcoming conference will feature the theme, “Reeling in
the Years: 30 Years of Film, TV, and Popular Culture.” The 2009 conference
will take place February 25-28 at the Hyatt Regency in vibrant downtown
Albuquerque, New Mexico, just steps from historic Route 66. Further
conference details are available at .
Panels are now forming for all of the conference’s numerous subject areas,
including the American History and Culture area. Below are some
suggestions for presentation / panel topics related to the area of American
History and Culture. Topics not mentioned here are also welcome for
consideration. Proposals do not have to relate to the overarching “30
Years” conference theme. However, all proposals for 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, memorials / monuments
* Historic preservation 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, cultural
* Local image / identity creation, boosterism, and the marketing of place
* Stardom and celebrity culture
* Radio
* Sports
* Youth culture/subcultures, children’s culture, senior culture, etc.
* Visual culture, art, and design

Email queries and proposals for individual presentations or full panels to
American History and Culture Area Chair Kelli Shapiro (Department 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. Mention the
conference or the American History and Culture area in the email’s subject

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 previously
presented elsewhere. Further, it permits only one presentation per person.
 The conference features numerous individual subject areas â€" each with its
own Area Chair, and each typically including multiple conference panels.
Therefore, please consult the area list at to determine whether the
American History and Culture area is the appropriate area to receive your

The priority submission deadline for the SW/TX PCA/ACA is November 15,
2008. The final deadline is December 1; however, area chairs will only
accept proposals submitted between November 15 and December 1 if room still
exists in appropriate panels. Additionally, presenters submitting
proposals after November 15 will not be eligible for the Early Bird reduced
registration rate.

Kelli Shapiro
Area Chair, American History and Culture

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