Membership Options

Membership is currently closed. Check back in the summer for information on 2021-2022 membership options. 

An active membership is required to submit conference proposals, apply for grants, or register for the conference.


Purchase PCA membership 

What are the Benefits of PCA Membership?

1.  The opportunity to submit proposals and present at the annual PCA Conference*

2.  The opportunity to submit manuscripts for possible publication in The Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture,  the 

     Association’s internationally recognized journals

3.  The opportunity to apply for PCA sponsored research grants, travel grants, and scholarships

4.  The opportunity to attend PCA events, such as the Summer Research Institute

5.   The opportunity to meet and network with other colleagues who research and study in the exciting academic field of popular culture!

6.   An annual gift subscription to one or both of PCA’s internationally renowned journals and access to the Wiley Online Library.

Your membership fees help the Popular Culture Association operate during the year. Therefore, membership fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable


All conference attendees must pay membership fees and a registration fee. 


Membership options:



Level One $50 Basic membership; includes a digital gift subscription to either the JPC or JAC
Level Two $62 Includes a print and digital gift subscription to either the JPC or JAC
Level Three $75 Includes digital gift subscription to both JPC and JAC
Level Four $95 Includes print and digital gift subscriptions to both JPC and JAC 

JPC: The Journal of Popular Culture               JAC: Journal of American Culture

The PCA membership year runs from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. If you join the Association after October 1, you will receive subscription back issues from 10/1 forward. 

Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Membership is currently unavailable. Please check back in a few weeks. 


Membership and Journal Access 

We have simplified the way in which members access their digital journal subscriptions. If you are an active, paid member, you simply need to visit your membership page and click the link under your subscription status. You will be redirected to the Wiley Online Library. No additional logins needed!

PURCHASE MEMBERSHIP (currently closed)


PCA endowment and travel support

The Endowment Fund of the Popular Culture Association was established in 1997 as a commitment to the long-term future of the study of popular culture. Each year, the PCA Endowment awards several categories of grants to help cover the expenses associated with travel and participation in our conference. There are also grants awarded to individuals for travel to popular culture collections throughout the U.S. and to institutions to help them build popular culture collections on their own campuses. For additional information and to apply for these grants, please see how to apply for endowment grants.

Donate to the Endowment

To inquire about donating to the endowment, reach out to the Director of the Endowment:

Philip Simpson

Provost, Eastern Florida State College, Titusville Campus

email: simpsonp@easternflorida.edu

Over the years, the PCA Endowment has granted graduate students, new faculty, international scholars, and others funds to support travel to the National Popular Culture Conference.  The Endowment has also helped build collections and also made it possible for scholars to travel to and use various archives, depositories, and collections.  To continue and increase availability of funds, the PCA Endowment requests funds.  Any monies sent will be placed in the Endowment and will help support travel and scholarship in the future.  If you would like more information about the Endowment or about donating to the Endowment, please contact Phil Simpson at the address above.

The Endowment has four central goals:

  • To develop and sponsor initiatives which encourage scholarship and promote the dissemination of knowledge and new perspectives in Popular Culture Studies and American Culture Studies;
  • To stimulate and support the internationalization of the fields of Popular Culture Studies and American Culture Studies, broadly and inclusively conceived;
  • To encourage the collection and preservation of cultural artifacts and materials needed by scholars and historians for study;
  • To increase professional recognition and public visibility of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association and to enhance the members’ roles as public scholars connected to society and culture.

Giving Categories:
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Ray Browne Society




2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those not registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


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.   

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.