Call for Papers: â€œAmerican History and Cultureâ€ area
PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Joint Conference, April 20-23, 2011
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2010
Conference hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie St., San Antonio, TX 78205, (210) 223-1000
The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associationsâ€™ annual conference is one of the nationâ€™s largest gatherings of interdisciplinary scholars. The 32nd annual SW/TX PCA/ACA conference will take place jointly with the PCA/ACA national conference, occurring April 20-23, 2011, at the Marriott Rivercenter in vibrant San Antonio, Texas (just steps from the popular Riverwalk). Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org .
Panels are now forming for all of the SW/TX PCA/ACA conferenceâ€™s 80+ individual subject areas, including the â€œAmerican History and Cultureâ€ area. Below are some suggestions for presentation / panel topics related to the area of â€œAmerican History and Culture.â€ Topics not mentioned here are also welcome for consideration. However, all proposals for the â€œAmerican History and Cultureâ€ area must have a historical focus and should emphasize culture.
* American cultural history in general
* Specific eras / periods in American history
* Regional and local history (especially in the Southwest)
* Public history, collective memory, representation, nostalgia, memorials / monuments
* Historic preservation and historical sites
* Consumer culture and advertising
* Leisure, public amusements, travel, and tourism
* Urban studies, architecture, city planning, cultural geography, cultural landscapes
* Local image / identity creation, boosterism, and the marketing of place
* Youth culture/subcultures, childrenâ€™s culture, senior culture, etc.
* Visual culture, art, and design
The submission deadline for the SW/TX PCA/ACA is December 15, 2010. For the â€œAmerican History and Cultureâ€ area, please email queries and proposals for either individual presentations or full panels to â€œAmerican History and Cultureâ€ Area Chair Kelli Shapiro (Department of American Civilization, Brown University) at Shapiro@alumni.brown.edu . (Full panel submissions need to include 3 or 4 papers.) Include a 200-word abstract with a two-part working title (as well as a CV and contact information) for each potential presenter. Mention the conference or the â€œAmerican History and Cultureâ€ area in the emailâ€™s subject line.
Professors, independent scholars, teachers, and professionals are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are particularly welcome at the conference, which offers awards for the best graduate papers. Please note that the SW/TX PCA/ACA does not generally accept previously presented (or published) papers. Further, it permits only one presentation per person per year. The conference features numerous individual subject areas – each with its own AArea Chair, and each typically including multiple conference panels. Therefore, please consult the area list on the SW/TX PCA/ACA website to determine whether the â€œAmerican History and Cultureâ€ area is the appropriate area to receive your proposal.