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Zombie Culture, Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference

Albuquerque, NM
Organization: SWPACA
Categories: Popular Culture, 20th & 21st Century, 20th & 21st Century, Comics & Graphic Novels, Cultural Studies, Film, TV, & Media
Event Date: 2019-02-20 to 2019-02-23 Abstract Due: 2018-11-15

Call for Papers

Zombie Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


40th Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2019

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2018

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.  

The area chair for Zombie Culture seeks papers and presentations on any aspect of the zombie in popular culture and history. It seems as though the world has gone “zombie crazy.” There are zombie walks, games on college campuses like “Humans Vs. Zombies,” zombie children’s books, zombie poetry, fiction, video games, zombie ammunition and guns, and zombie running contests. Almost anything can be “zombified” and society and fans all over the world are literally “eating it up.” The zombie has come to represent the chaotic world we live in, and courses continue to pop up on college and university campuses all over the world. This is due in large part to the success of films like Night of the Living Dead, Zombi 2, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Warm Bodies, World War Z and television programs like The Walking Dead, iZombie, Z Nation, and Fear the Walking Dead.

What is distinctively American (if anything) about zombies in film, literature, and popular culture in general? How does the zombie influence American culture in a way that resonates in our transmedia world?

Some topics to consider:

Directors: George Romero, Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, Todd Sheets, Danny Boyle, Sam Rami, Peter Jackson, Amando de Ossorio…
Specific zombie films: White Zombie, King of the Zombies, Dawn of the Dead, Tombs of the Blind Dead, Dead Alive, Evil Dead, World War Z, Train to Busan…
Specific books/zombie literature: The Zombie Survival Guide, Zone One, The Girl with all the Gifts, the Newsfleshtrilogy, The Reapers are the Angels, Cell…
Zombie writers’ fiction and non-fiction: Stephen Graham Jones, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Kirkman, Steve Niles, Max Brooks, Matt Mogk, Jovanka Vuckovic, Stephen King…
Zombie television: The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Z Nation, iZombie, The Santa Clarita Diet…
Zombie video games: Resident Evil, Call of Duty: Zombies, The Last of Us, Day Z, Dead Rising…
Zombie comics (any aspect: history, cultural impact, storytelling, Marvel zombies…)
Zombies since 9/11
Zombie children’s books
Zombie runs and zombie cosplay
Fast vs. slow zombies
Zombie gore
Teaching the zombie (zombie pedagogy)
Can a real zombie outbreak happen?
The voodoo zombie and the historical roots of the zombie
The Euro-zombie, Nazi–zombies, Viking zombies
What exactly is a zombie?
Humans vs. zombies
Zombies across the world (Ro-langs…)
Zombies’ roots in cinema
Are mummies/Frankenstein’s monster zombies?
What does the rise in the zombie’s popularity tell us about society?
All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database by November 1, 2018 at http://conference.southwestpca.org/. Proposals should be about 200-500 words in length.

For information on the submission database and the application process: http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/proposal-submission-faq

For information on graduate student awards: http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

For registration and travel information: http://southwestpca.org/conference/registration/

We look forward to receiving your submissions! If you have any questions about the Zombie Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Brandon Kempner, at bkempner@nmhu.edu. 


Brandon Kempnre