Cormac McCarthy Area

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference
contact email: 

The 42nd annual conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association will be held the week of February 22-27, 2021. Due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, this year's conference will be completely online. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit 

The Cormac McCarthy is seeking paper proposals on any aspect of the work of Cormac McCarthy, including novels, plays, and television and film scripts and adaptations. We invite presentations about all facets of McCarthy’s work in forms ranging from critical essays to analyses employing recognized research methodologies. The chair also welcomes pre-formed panels, but will need submissions to be uploaded individually as required by the SWPACA. Paper presentations should be about 15 minutes and should present an arguable thesis or develop a compelling question. The Area Chair is particularly interested in papers that a) Are interdisciplinary; and/or c) Puts McCarthy’s work in conversation with other authors, contemporary or not.

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. 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 Registration for the conference will be open and available in late fall. 

If you have any questions about the Cormac McCarthy area, please contact the Area Chair:

Todd Womble, PhD

Abilene Christian University