deadline for submissions: 
October 22, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

Call for Papers: NEW AREA

Crafting, Crafters, and Craft Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: October 22, 2017


Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 39th 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 


The Crafting, Crafters, and Craft Culture area is being launched for the 2018 conference to provide a home for considerations of the cultural labelling of craft in popular culture. Papers in this area might consider basic questions of art vs. craft as they intersect with gender or profitability; cultural histories of specific crafts; special collections in libraries, archives, or museums related to crafts; depictions of craft and crafters in media; craft media stars and their effect on culture; historical surveys of craft supply stores and shopping.


Some potential topics:

  • Gender and craft (is it art if a man makes it and craft if a woman makes it? what makes a craft feminine or masculine?)
  • Copyright and knockoffs (why is copyright different for recipes and clothing patterns than other intellectual products? what effect do cheap foreign copies have on the market for and perception of craft?)
  • Craft research resources (hand-on museums, text and realia collections)
  • Crafting and anthropology (how is the history of craft treated as part of human development?)
  • Craftivism (pussy hats, yarnbombing, subversive X-stitch motifs, etc.)
  • Craft as business (professional vs amateur crafting, selling products vs instructions)
  • Martha Stewart and other craft stars and their effect on culture
  • The effect of the Internet on craft culture
  • Representation of crafters in media and literature: Alison Hendrix (Orphan Black), Paris Gellar (Gilmore Girls), why they craft, comparison to how artists are depicted
  • Cultural sensitivity: appropriation, appreciation, adaptation, assimilation


All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at 


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 October 22, 2017.   


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


Registration and travel information for the conference is available at


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

If you have any questions about the Crafting, Crafters, and Craft Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Janet Brennan Croft, Rutgers University,


We look forward to receiving your submissions.