Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture (SWPACA) -submission deadline: April 15, 2023

Call for Papers 


Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) 

SWPACA Summer Salon 

June 8 & 9, 2023 

Virtual Conference 

Submissions open on March 18, 2023 

Proposal submission deadline: April 15, 2023 

Proposals for papers are now being accepted for the SWPACA Summer Salon. SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas in a variety of categories encompassing the following: Film, Television, Music, & Visual Media; Historic & Contemporary Cultures; Identities & Cultures; Language & Literature; Science Fiction & Fantasy; and Pedagogy & Popular Culture. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit 

The Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture area solicits proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, independent scholars, and other aficionados (yes! including people who use libraries, archives, and museums!) of popular culture and cultural heritage settings of all types. We also encourage proposals for slide shows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes. 

Some suggested topics include: 

  • Histories and profiles of popular culture resources and collections in cultural heritage institutions; a chance to show off what you’ve got to scholars who might want to use it 
  • Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources 
  • Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs 
  • Special exhibits of popular culture resources, outreach programs, etc. of cultural heritage institutions 
  • Collection and organization of popular culture resources; marketing and ethical issues 
  • Web 2.0, gaming, semantic web, etc. and their impact on libraries, archives, museums, and digital humanities collections 
  • The role of public libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in economic hard times and natural disasters 
  • Oral history projects 
  • Digital humanities and other digital/data-based projects on popular culture, the Southwest, and other relevant subjects, both those based in cultural heritage institutions and those in academia or other organizations. 

    We encourage proposals for panels and roundtables organized around common themes. 

    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 Registration information for the conference will be available 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.    

    If you have any questions about the Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Suzanne M. Stauffer, Louisiana State University, [email protected]. If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at [email protected], and a member of the executive team will get back to you. 

    We look forward to receiving your submissions!