deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular and American Culture Association Conference

Call for Papers

Native American/Indigenous Studies

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

 38th Annual Conference, February 15-18, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2016

 Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 38th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/ 

 Come present with us! Proposals are now being accepted for the Native/Indigenous Studies area. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are welcomed and encouraged. Paper topics can include transnational and international Indigenous issues.

Topics in the area at past conferences have included:

  • Cyberculture and social media

  • Native representations in popular culture (television, comic books, graphic novels, video/computer games, etc.)

  • Indigenous methodologies and interpretative frameworks

  • Queer theory and Native Studies

  • Teaching Native American Studies

  • Native art and artists

  • Popular culture and language preservation

  • Native American and Indigenous Literature

  • Indigenous resistance, regional or global (treaty rights, incarceration issues, sports mascots, etc.)

  • Native peoples’ relationships with various Communities of Color

  • Landscapes and Indigenous ecologies

  • Travel, tourism, and Indigenous nations

  • Native sovereignty and media 

  • All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://conference2017.southwestpca.org/ 


    For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at



    Individual proposals for 15 minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words.  Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.  


    For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.  


    The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2016.   

    SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due December 1.  For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/


    Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/registration/


    In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org

    If you have any questions about the Native American/Indigenous Studies area, please contact its Area Chair, Margaret Vaughan, Associate Professor, margaret.vaughan@metrostate.edu


    We look forward to receiving your submissions.