[EXTENSION] SWPACA 2021 (Virtual): Television

deadline for submissions: 
December 13, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

For the 2021 Conference, SWPACA is going virtual!  Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 42nd annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. The conference will take place the week of Feburary 22, 2021. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/ 

The Television area chair invites interested scholars to submit papers on any aspect of television, past or present. Topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Television as a media format 

  • The possible future of television (including shows created for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, etc.) 

  • Television and identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, region, etc.) 

  • Theory and criticism of television and/or the television business 

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the television community (pandemic binge-watching, the halt of television production, the impact of the pandemic on the future of TV, etc.) 

  • Televisual response to current events (BLM, COVID-19, 2019 election, etc.) 

This is not an exhaustive list! Although we are the SWPACA, please remember that your presentation does not need to focus on the Southwest—or even on the U.S. Presentations about international television and/or by international presenters are always encouraged. Your proposal should exhibit familiarity with current scholarly work in the areas of television studies and cultural studies.  

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

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/   

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. 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 will offer registration reimbursement awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2021. SWPACA will also offer registration reimbursement awards for select undergraduate and graduate students in place of our traditional travel awards. For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/. Registration for the conference will be open and available in late fall. Watch your email for details! 

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 Television area, please contact the area chair, Melanie Cattrell, at melanie.cattrell@gmail.com