[UPDATE] EXTENSION: "American History and Culture" area at 2011 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference

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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
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"American History and Culture" area
National PCA/ACA and SW/TX PCA/ACA
Joint Conference, April 20-23, 2011
Extended proposal submission deadline: December 31, 2010
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie St., San Antonio, TX 78205, (210) 223-1000

The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations' annual conference is one of the nation's largest gatherings of interdisciplinary scholars. The 32nd annual SW/TX PCA/ACA conference will take place jointly with the PCA/ACA national conference, occurring April 20-23, 2011, at the Marriott Rivercenter in vibrant San Antonio, Texas (just steps from the popular Riverwalk). Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org.

Panels are still forming for all of the SW/TX PCA/ACA conference's 80+ individual 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. However, all proposals for the "American History and Culture" area must have a historical focus and should emphasize culture.

* American cultural history in general
* Specific eras / periods in American history
* Regional and local history (especially in the Southwest)
* Public history, collective memory, representation, nostalgia, memorials / monuments
* Historic preservation and historical sites
* Commerce, consumer culture, and advertising
* Leisure, public amusements, travel, and tourism
* Urban studies, architecture, city planning, cultural geography, cultural landscapes
* Local image / identity creation, boosterism, and the marketing of place
* Radio
* Sports
* Youth culture/subcultures, children's culture, senior culture, etc.
* Visual culture, art, and design

The extended submission deadline for the SW/TX PCA/ACA is December 31, 2010. Please submit a 200-word abstract and a two-park working title to the "American History and Culture" area using the conference's online submission database at http://ncp.pcaaca.org/. In addition, please email your CV to "American History and Culture" Area Chair Kelli Shapiro (Department of American Civilization, Brown University) at Shapiro@alumni.brown.edu. Mention the conference or the "American History and Culture" area in the email's subject line.

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 previously presented (or published) papers. Further, it permits only one presentation per person per year. The conference features numerous individual subject areas – each with its own Area Chair, and each typically including multiple conference panels. Therefore, please consult the area list on the SW/TX PCA/ACA website to determine whether the "American History and Culture" area is the appropriate area to receive your proposal.

Kelli Shapiro
Area Chair, American History and Culture