Popular Culture Summer Research Institute
at Bowling Green State University
Dates: 21-25 May 2017
Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
In Brief: Engage with the deep, rich collection at the Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library and the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives, work with workshop faculty to identify and hone a research project, and learn key approaches for using this unique collection.
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- Summer Research Institute at BGSU
- Summer Institute Travel Grant Application
- Summer Institute Registration Form
For the second time, the PCA/ACA, the BGSU Department of Popular Culture, the Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library, and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives are jointly sponsoring a summer research institute at Bowling Green State University from Sunday, May 21 through Thursday, May 25, 2017. This institute is generously supported by the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, the Dean of University Libraries, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost at Bowling Green State University, as well as by the PCA/ACA Endowment.
The institute will introduce 20-25 scholars from across the country and abroad to the research and pedagogical treasures of BGSU’s very special collections. The Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies was founded in 1969 and is the most comprehensive repository of its kind in the United States; it includes more than 190,000 cataloged books. The collection’s primary focus is popular fiction, popular entertainment (radio, television, film, and the mass communication industry), and the graphic arts/advertising. Besides books and magazines, the collection includes fanzines, comics, movie posters, postcards, greeting cards, trading cards, television episode scripts, and many three-dimensional items (i.e. action figures, fast food toys, games).
The Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives is considered the nation’s premier academic collection of popular music sound recordings. Established in 1967 for the scholarly study of popular music and music recordings, the Bill Schurk Sound Archives includes over one million recordings in all formats (LP, 78, 45, CD, tapes and more), discographies, books, and periodicals related to popular music and the recording industry.
The staff of these exceptional collections will assist institute participants in locating unique resources for use in their teaching and research in accordance with Fair Use guidelines. Additionally, volunteer faculty scholars from both BGSU and the PCA/ACA will lend their time and expertise to help participants with their individual projects.
Institute participants are responsible for their transportation, food, and housing costs.
Housing will be available at a minimal rate in a newer BGSU residence hall adjacent to the Jerome Library. Off- campus lodging can also be secured at area motels (details for lodging options to follow). On-campus dining will be available on a very limited basis throughout the week; the local area also has a good assortment of restaurants in all price ranges. A number of social events are also scheduled where food will be provided. In addition, a $125.00 registration fee is required for all participants. This fee must be received by April 28, 2017. The registration form is available on the PCA website.
A limited number of $400 travel grants are available for participants. To be considered, please complete the travel grant application electronically and return no later than March 24, 2017. Selection criteria for these grants will be based on the quality of the proposal and the demonstration of how the applicant will make use of the collections during the institute and beyond. The travel grant application is available on the PCA website.
While the research institute is intended for academic and independent scholars who intend to use these collections over time, applications from advanced graduate students who will be utilizing these collections in their work will also be considered.
IF FUNDED, A GRANT RECIPIENT IS REQUIRED TO PAY THE $125 REGISTRATION FEE. IT IS ALSO EXPECTED THAT THE GRANT RECIPIENT PRESENT THE RESULTS OF HIS/HER RESEARCH AT A REGIONAL OR NATIONAL PCA/ACA CONFERENCE WITHIN TWO YEARS.
Please contact Dr. Lynn Bartholome, PCA/ACA Treasurer ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), if you have questions or need additional information.
Photos from the 2016 Workshop: