CFP: Popular Culture & Pedagogy

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Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
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Call for Papers: Pedagogy and Popular Culture
Southwest Popular and American Culture Association Conference
February 11-14, 2015
Albuquerque, NM
http://www.southwestpca.org

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2014
Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-842-1234

We are happy to announce the 36th annual Southwest Popular & American Culture conference in
beautiful downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico!

We are now accepting proposals for paper presentations and panels on any topic involving
successful or innovative approaches for teaching literature, media studies, film, cultural studies,
history, television, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, technology, etc. We also welcome
proposals that identify and discuss the existence or implication of specific pedagogical problems or
issues, whether or not these advance any new methodologies. Proposals regarding using popular
culture in the classroom are particularly encouraged.

Teachers from any type of school or curriculum are encouraged to submit proposals. Graduate
students with teaching experience are particularly welcome, with award opportunities for the best
graduate papers in a variety of categories, including the Phil Heldrich Award for Popular Culture
Pedagogy. Please see the following link for more details:
http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

We also welcome submissions for our organization's new, peer-reviewed journal, Dialogue: The
Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy
http://journaldialogue.org

While we encourage and welcome all topics involving pedagogy and/or curriculum development,
some suggestions for possible papers or panels are listed below:
• Using this year's theme, "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and
American Culture," in the classroom
• Combining unusual disciplines in Writing Across the Curriculum courses
• Utilizing new media technologies or Web 2.0 tools
Discussing the benefits and challenges of online teaching; best practice presentations are
gleefully welcome!
• Integrating popular television, films, novels, graphic novels, or music for meaningful
classroom lesson planning
• Teaching games and game theory
• Utilizing social networking tools in the classroom
• Using Wikis or Blogs in the classroom
• Teaching with podcasts and videocasts
• Editing family letters and/or journals in student projects
• Promoting active learning by co-opting structures typically associated with webpages
• Integrating service learning with traditional curricula
• Constructing student projects as museum exhibits
• Challenging standard pedagogical assumptions

Each paper proposal must include:
1. 100-250 word abstract
2. Brief biographical statement of 50 words or less for each applicant

Please check the Conference Audiovisual Policies page at
http://southwestpca.org/conference/audiovideo-policy/ regarding what A/V equipment will be
available in the conference rooms.

Please submit your proposals to the submission database (http://conference2015.southwestpca.org).
While we will accept proposals until November 1, 2014, we will give first consideration to the
proposals received first. Thank you for submission and we look forward to your participation in the
36th annual Southwest PCA/ACA Conference! 

Pedagogy and Popular Culture Co-Chairs:
Kurt Depner kudepner@nmsu.edu
Erik Walker ErikMWalker@aol.com