Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (Film Theory & Aesthetics Area)

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

Call for Papers

Film Theory & Aesthetics

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

Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory and Aesthetics area.  Please direct questions about the Film Theory & Aesthetics Area to Area Chair Amy Fatzinger, Ph.D., University of Arizona,

Listed below are possible topics that fit well within the Film Theory & Aesthetics Area; other topics in the area are also welcome.

  • Precinema, Early, and Silent cinema aesthetics
  • Definitions of periodicity: aesthetic, chronologic, theoretical
  • Nontheatrical, industrial, and educational film  
  • Montage and Editing: Practice as Theory
  • History of Cinematography: Visual Effects from Silent to CGI
  • Spectatorship and Scopophilia
  • Auteur Theory
  • Genre Film & Genre Theory
  • Third Cinema, Fourth Cinema, and Indigenous Filmmaking
  • Theory & Aesthetics of Representation (Race, Gender, Culture)
  • Cinema Pedagogy: Teaching Content with Film
  • Adaptation: Intersections of Film Theory and cultural or literary theory


All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database by October 22, 2017 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  The FAQs and Tips page also includes information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel.

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.  

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

We look forward to receiving your submissions!