Thursday, May 15, 2014

Call for Presentation Proposals for the SWPACA Conference

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association will be posting call for proposals at the beginning of June, so it seemed like a good time to post mine. It gives those interested a head start in considering a topic to propose for next year's conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Call for Papers:
Espionage and Popular Culture: James Bond, Espionage and Eurospy
Title and Abstract Submission Deadline Due: November 1, 2014

36th Annual Southwest Popular /American Culture Association (SWPACA)
Conference Dates: February 11 – 14, 2015
Conference Hotel: Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM (505) 842-1234
Conference Website:

The SWPACA James Bond, Espionage and Eurospy Area Chair invites papers for the annual conference on ANY aspect of the James Bond franchise and the spy/espionage and Eurospy genre in films, literature, comics, videogames, and any other popular culture medium. Here are some topics to consider, but is by no means an exhaustive list of theoretical and pop culture frameworks:

  • Spy/espionage – historical context
  • Secret agents – global representations and local identities
  • Refashioning and ret-con of the spy model
  • Cold war, post-modern and 21st century spy psychology
  • Gender, i.e. Bond-sploitation
  • Film: James Bond, Jason Bourne, Helm, Agent Vinod, Salt, Agent 077, Kommisar X, OSS 117
  • Television: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, Chuck, MI5, Burn Notice, She Spies, Cover Up
  • Literature: Fleming, Bruce, Gardner, Benson, Hamilton, Weinberg, Higson, Ludlum, LeCarre
  • Comics: X-9 Corrigan, Super Spy, Danger Girl, The Secret Service
  • Cartoons: Archer, James Bond Jr., Totally Spies!,
  • Anime: Najica Blitz Tactics, Golgo 13, Gunslinger Girl, Darker Than Black, Master Keaton
  • Videogames: GoldenEye, 007 Legends, Alpha Protocol, No One Lives Forever, Splinter Cell
  • Anti-Bond: The Quiller Memorandum, The Ipcress File, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Liquidator
  • Music, Fashion, Advertisements, etc.

Please note the following presentation details:
  • Please send a 250 word abstract and the presentation title by November 1, 2014 via the online submission database at
  • Presentation time consideration: 15 min maximum. Limit of one presentation at the conference. For all areas accepting abstracts, please see:
  • There are no honorariums for presenters; this is an academic conference. There are however, a number of conference award opportunities. To see a full list of award opportunities:

For those who are undergrad, graduate, or independent scholars, this is smaller conference with panels usually with no more than 4 presenters per panel session with a follow up Q&A if time permits. This past conference there was a Breaking Bad tour to conclude the conference on Saturday. 

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at