A Message From Our President

Dear Members of PCA,


Happy 2021 to all PCA members! I wish you a brighter, better year. The PCA Governing Board met today and made the difficult decision to hold a fully virtual conference in June 2021. We have been monitoring the rollout of the vaccine and have determined that not enough of our members will be vaccinated in time to meet face to face in Boston or have a hybrid conference. We also learned, via a survey last month to our area chairs, that many academic institutions have withdrawn travel support for this year and that members overwhelmingly support going forward with a remote conference if we cannot meet in person. Thus, virtual is the way to go! 


We hope you will join us. We have reduced the registration rate to $95 and extended the deadline for proposals to February 28; annual membership remains at the current rates, starting at $50. Executive Director Lynn Bartholome will be sending out updates, and our website will include any additional information you may need as you make plans to attend. I’m sorry I won’t see you in Boston, but I look forward to a vibrant celebration of the 50th anniversary of PCA online this summer. Hosting our first virtual conference is a new, exciting opportunity for all of us, and many surprises are in store. Plan to be a part of this grand event! 


All the best,




Kathy Merlock Jackson

President, Popular Culture Association