A Message from the PCA President

A Message from the PCA President Concerning the Status of the 2023 National Conference


My PCA Colleagues:


After the National Conference in April, all our thoughts turned to meeting next year in Texas. I would like to thank everyone for their thoughtful input and helpful suggestions about our upcoming conference slated to be held in San Antonio. The June Town Hall proved to be an excellent source of information. Many people who didn’t attend also contributed their ideas. It is wonderful to know that so many people care deeply about the well-being of the Popular Culture Association.


I am writing to let you know that after careful deliberation, the governing board has decided the 2023 National Conference will be held on site in San Antonio Texas, April 5th to 8th. We understand why the majority of our members want to meet in-person. The positive energy at our National Conference is unparalleled; networking and publishing opportunities abound in the friendly and supportive atmosphere that popular culture studies produce; being together on a yearly basis is the mechanism that furthers the study of Popular Culture. The governing board’s responsibility to safeguard the PCA also prompted the decision to hold the 2023 National Conference on-site. Our hotel’s cancellation penalties would have severely jeopardized the PCA’s financial health. After three years of Covid-related setbacks, we are hoping that this year’s return to in-person conferencing will be the beginning of new growth and a healthy future for the PCA.


It is important that you all know your governing board recognizes the concerns that some of our members have voiced about conferencing in Texas. We are working diligently to ensure your conference experience will be as safe and accessible as possible. We are also investigating the possibility of online components for members who are unable to travel.


For those who come to San Antonio, our 2023 event on the beautiful Riverwalk will be energetic and exciting, promising more great conversations. Liberal leaning, San Antonio is an inclusive and welcoming city, one of the top vacation and business destinations in the United States. We are working to make our venue more secure, healthier, and more inclusive. We are creating more opportunities to visit with old friends, meet with publishers, and network with new colleagues. As promised, our special celebration of the Popular Culture Association’s fifty years will continue. We will be able to have the birthday party we’ve all been looking forward to—after 3 years of Covid, we get to celebrate 50 years of scholarship Texas style! Our Book Room will be there to offer the best publications and publishing opportunities in popular culture. We will also make sure there will be opportunities for interested researchers to visit and discuss San Antonio’s legendary, life-changing artifacts and popular culture. San Antonio offers its visitors the Alamo, a rich colonial heritage, first class museums and breath-taking caverns, unparalleled hauntings, friendly breweries, and discriminating wine-tasting.


 Please be sure to read the governing board’s message about our decision to take our National conference to San Antonio. We will be accepting proposals for papers shortly. I look forward to talking with you at our August Town Hall, seeing you in person in April, and listening to your papers. I wish you all well in this, our new normal.


Sue Matheson, President