Mothers, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular Culture - EXTENDED!

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
contact email: 

Call for Papers

Mothers, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular 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: EXTENDED to NOVEMBER  15, 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

Proposals are now being accepted for the Mothers, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular Culture area! We are looking for papers/presentations/performances that address mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering as seen within popular culture, such as through:

  • representations (via TV, film, magazines, online media, literature, etc.) of mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering – including pregnancy, comparison to fathers, etc.
  • experiences of mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering and variances by race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, class, age, ability, etc.
  • theories related to mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering,
  • studies about/with mothers, and
  • pedagogical applications of research/writing relating to mothers, motherhood, and/or mothering.

Please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, as motherhood studies is a rich and fertile (hah!) ground for research and discovery.

Papers/presentations/performances incorporating intersectionalities of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, ability, citizenship, nationality, and/or class are particularly encouraged. Papers from graduate students are welcomed!

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 has been EXTENDED to NOVEMBER 15, 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

If you have any questions about the Mother, Motherhood, and Mothering in Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Kathleen Lacey, at