Libraries, Archives, Museums, & Popular Culture Area, SWACPA. Deadline 11/1/14, conference 2/11-14/15

full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

CFP: Libraries, Archives, Museums, & Popular Culture Area, Southwest Popular/American Culture Association


36th Annual Conference of the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association, February 11-14, 2015, in Albuquerque, NM Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Conference Theme: "Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture."

The Libraries, Archives, Museums and Popular Culture area solicits paper proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, and other aficionados (yes! including people who use libraries, archives, and museums!) of popular culture and information settings of all types. We also encourage proposals for slide shows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes.
Some suggested topics:
--Histories and profiles of museums, archives, libraries, special collections, and other popular culture resources
--Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources
--Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs, special exhibits, outreach programs
-- Collection and organization of popular culture resources
--Wikipedia, YouTube, Google books, social networking, EBay, gaming, and their impact on libraries, archives, museums, and popular culture collections
--The role of public libraries, archives, and museums in economic hard times and natural disasters
--Oral history projects

Other topics welcome!

Provide a 200-word abstract to the SWAPCA submission database ( proposals must be submitted through the database.

Presenters are urged to consider applying for one of the SWAPCA Awards. Details at: Of particular interest to presenters in this area is the Susan Rollins Award for Museum Studies and Public History; our presenters won this award in 2013 and 2014.

In memory of Susan Rollins, this award is given to the conference presentation which best reflects Susan's enthusiasm for and devotion to bringing American history to life for audiences outside the classroom. While public school presentations are not excluded, the award's primary emphasis is on studies of the ways in which museums, historical societies, and other non-academic institutions/groups make history a memorable experience. Among other topics, papers might explore exhibits, historical sites, living-history museums, reenactments, memorials/monuments, or historical festivals. Papers analyzing the representation of history or historical figures in popular culture (including films, television programs, songs, etc.) are also welcome.

Visit for information about the organization's new, peer-reviewed journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy.

Area Chair:
Janet Brennan Croft
Head of Access Services
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Rutgers University
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