History of PCA and the Popular Culture Movement

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The History of PCA Area is concerned with the history of the study of popular culture and American culture and especially the history of the institutions, entities, and activities associated with Ray Browne, Pat Browne, and the Bowling Green State University tradition of culture studies.  The Area seeks to encourage historical research and commentary on the Popular Culture Association, the American Culture Association, regional and international popular-culture organizations, areas within PCA and ACA and within the regional and international organizations, journals published by PCA-ACA and affiliated organizations, the Bowling Green State University Popular Press and its successors and publications, the annual PCA-ACA conference, conferences of regional and international affiliated organizations, other relevant conferences and organizations, BGSU degree programs and academic units involved with culture studies, the Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library, the BGSU Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives, and the PCA-ACA Endowment.  The Area also welcomes biographical research on people who contributed to the development of culture studies or to the development of institutions, entities, or activities associated with the Bowling Green tradition.  Submissions might also focus on important books or other individual works in the development of culture studies, or on the historical development of particular ideas, schools of thought, or research traditions in culture studies.


Individual abstracts and complete panels of three to five people will be considered.  Please submit abstracts (150-250 words), papers, or proposals through the PCA website at pcaaca.org.  Please include name, affiliation, postal address, and e-mail address for every author or contributor, along with a title for each paper or presentation.  For panel submissions, please provide the same contributor information plus a title of the panel and a 50-word summary of the panel’s focus.


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 30, 2022.  Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website.  Presenters at the conference must be current, paid-up members of (the national) PCA.  The conference registration fee is separate from the membership fee.  This Area does not accept presentations by undergraduate students.


Please state any special scheduling requests, but note that PCA may not be able to grant such requests and will do so only for compelling reasons.


Please send any inquiries to Gary Burns (Area Chair) (Professor Emeritus of Communication, Northern Illinois University), 215 Prospect St., DeKalb IL 60115, 815-758-0358, [email protected].


2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal. 






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