Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference

Deadline: November 20th, 2019
Contact: Keri Stevenson, Chair of Eco-criticism & the Environment Area, University of New Mexico-Gallup

Call for Papers – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Eco-criticism & the Environment Area

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: November 20, 2019

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 nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. In addition to our regular areas, the 2020 conference will also be seeking submissions for special one-time-only areas regarding the work of Rob Thomas and the Amazon series, Good Omens. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is pleased to welcome TV auteur Rob Thomas as a guest at our 2020 conference. In honor of Mr. Thomas’ presence, we will host special panels on his body of work. Mr. Thomas is best known for creating the WB/Hulu drama-noir series Veronica Mars (2004-2007; 2014; 2019) and co-creating the CW series iZombie (2015-2019) and the Starz series Party Down (2008-2009). He has written, directed, created/co-created, and/or executive produced several other projects for both television and film, as well as written several novels.

SWPACA will also offer 2 preconference workshops scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th, 8:30am-11:30am. Join us this year for workshops in poetry workshop pedagogy and using popular culture in the classroom!

The Ecocriticism and the Environment area welcomes abstracts on film, literature, advertising, video games, social media, architecture, music, religion, and any other method of human expression dealing with interactions between popular culture and the physical environment. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, abstracts connected to animals, landscapes, plants, natural disasters, climate and climate change, ecosystems, hydrology, evolution, etc.

Past presentations have covered:

-the representation of animals in media such as cute animal videos and wildlife documentaries.

-“cli-fi” and nature in other types of science fiction and fantasy literature.

-how climate change is conceptualized through music, political cartoons, cards, and other forms of popular culture.

-the public response to environmental holidays, nuclear testing, and natural disaster in oral history and the arts.

These ideas are representative, and certainly not an exhaustive list.

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.

The deadline for submissions has been EXTENDED to NOVEMBER 20, 2019!

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 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 Eco-criticism & the Environment area, please contact its Area Chair, Keri Stevenson, University of New Mexico-Gallup,

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Posted on November 4, 2019