Call for Papers in Adaptation Studies: Literature, Film, & Culture

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular/American Culture Associate Conference

Call for Papers

Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture Area

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


45th Annual Conference, February 21-24, 2024

Marriott Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Submissions open on September 1, 2023

Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2023


Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 45th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. 


The Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture area invites you to submit proposals for presentations that critically engage with the subject of adaptation. While the term “adaptation” most commonly refers to a film based upon or inspired by a novel (or the process of developing such a film), proposals for adaptations involving other media as source texts or final products are also welcome (for example, adaptations that involve art, theater, music, dance, television shows, video games, photographs, or comic books). Topics for paper proposals include, but are not limited to:

 · adaptations of classic works.
 · the process of adaptation.
 · contemporary adaptations.
 · ethics of adaptation.
 · theories of adaptation.
 · adaptation and audience engagement.
 · source texts with multiple adaptations.
 · adaptation and aesthetics.
 · representations of culture in adaptations.
 · adaptations across generations.
 · cross-cultural adaptations.
· adaptations and the film industry.


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. 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 January 1, 2024.  SWPACA also offers travel fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit


Registration and travel information for the conference will be available at As in 2023, the conference will be held at the Marriott Albuquerque (2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110), which boasts free parking and close proximity to dining, shopping, and other delights.


In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at


For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit


If you have any questions about the Adaptation: Literature, Film, and Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Amy S. Fatzinger, Ph.D., University of Arizona ( If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at, and a member of the executive team will get back to you.


This will be a fully in-person conference. If you’re looking for an online option to present your work, keep an eye out for details about the 2024 SWPACA Summer Salon, a completely virtual conference to take place in June 2024. However, do keep in mind that the Summer Salon is a smaller conference with limited presentation slots and no student funding assistance.


We look forward to receiving your submissions!