Pedagogy & Popular Culture

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular & American Culture Association
contact email: 

Call for Papers


Kurt Depner, Area Chair, Pedagogy & Popular Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


40th Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2019

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2018


Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 40th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers about 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit  


The Pedagogy and Popular Culture area requests proposals for paper presentations and panels on any topic involving successful or innovative approaches for teaching literature, media studies, film, cultural studies, history, television, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, technology, etc. We also welcome proposals that identify and discuss the existence or implication of specific pedagogical problems or issues, whether or not these advance any new methodologies.  Proposals regarding using popular culture in the classroom are particularly encouraged.


Teachers from any type of school or curriculum are encouraged to submit proposals. Graduate students with teaching experience are particularly welcome. We also welcome innovative practices from independent scholars and secondary educators.


While we encourage and welcome all topics involving pedagogy and/or curriculum development, some suggestions for possible papers or panels are listed below:

  • Combining unusual disciplines in Writing Across the Curriculum courses

  • Utilizing new media technologies or Web 2.0 tools

  • Multimodal learning

  • Discussing the benefits and challenges of online teaching; best practice presentations are gleefully welcome!

  • Integrating popular television, films, novels, graphic novels, or music for meaningful classroom lesson planning

  • Teaching games and game theory

  • Utilizing social networking tools in the classroom

  • Using Wikis or Blogs in the classroom

  • Teaching with podcasts and videocasts

  • Editing family letters and/or journals in student projects

  • Promoting active learning by co-opting structures typically associated with webpages

  • Integrating service learning with traditional curricula

  • Constructing student projects as museum exhibits

  • Challenging standard pedagogical assumptions

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.  NOTE: please include a brief bio in the body of the proposal form; while not required, it does let people know a bit about you before your presentation.  


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, 2018.   


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 Pedagogy & Popular Culture area, please contact me at:

Kurt Depner, Area Chair OR OR

thru Google Hangouts (


I look forward to receiving your submissions!