WHEDONVERSES: CREATORS AND TEXTS
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
*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 Area Chair invites proposals related to the Whedonverses*, past,
present, and future*.
Insights into *Buffy the Vampire Slayer*, *Angel*, and *Firefly* are always
welcome, but Whedon’s body of work continues to expand, and we encourage
Whedon’s work in the Marvel ‘verse, including *Astonishing X-Men, The
Avengers, *and *Avengers: Age of Ultron*
The Whedonverse comics, from *Fray *on
*Much Ado about Nothing*
*The Cabin in the Woods*
The 20th anniversary of *Angel*‘s debut; the series’ legacy
*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 *http://journaldialogue.org <http://journaldialogue.org/>*
If you have any questions about the WHEDONVERSES area, please contact its
Area Chair, Erin Giannini ([log in to unmask]).
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
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