SWPACA 2018 - Dr. Who Call for Papers - Deadline extended!

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

Call for Papers

Dr. Who, Torchwood and Whoverse Studies

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Proposal submission deadline: 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 http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/ 

Proposals for individual papers and panels are now being accepted for the Dr. Who, Torchwood and Whoverse Studies area of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 2018 Conference. Proposals of 200-250 words are accepted through the conference website: http://conference.southwestpca.org.The inclusion of a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required. 

Presentations from cultural studies, film, sociology, mass communication and critical perspectives are welcome. All must relate to television shows in the Dr. Who universe, published fiction (including fan fiction), and other forms of Who-related narratives and discourse. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Powered relationships, (in)justice and discrimination
  • Human nature, mortality, eschatology and spirituality
  • Violence and aggression
  • Fandom and fan culture (including online discussions, fan fiction, and fan websites)
  • Material culture, merchandising and consumption
  • Narrative structure
  • Narrative shifts over time
  • Casting, direction and production techniques

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


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 Advertising and Consumer Culture area, please contact its Area Chair:


Melissa Tackett-Gibson, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology

Sam Houston State University

Email: tackettgibson@shsu.edu


We look forward to receiving your submissions.