PCA/ACA

Summer Research Institute at BGSU

POPULAR CULTURE SUMMER RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

June 3-8, 2018

 

“Topics in Popular Culture: Researching, Writing, and Workshopping Your Ideas”

 

For the third year, the PCA/ACA, the BGSU Department of Popular Culture, the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives are jointly sponsoring a summer research institute at Bowling Green State University from Sunday, June 3 through Friday morning, June 8, 2018. 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.

 

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About the Institute

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 catalogued 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). [http://www.bgsu.edu/library/pcl.html]

 

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 almost a million recordings in all formats (LP, 78, 45, CD, tapes and more), discographies, books, and periodicals related to popular music and the recording industry.  (http://www.bgsu.edu/library/music.html)

 

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.

 

Housing and registration

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 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 within 10 working days of the date of acceptance. The registration form is available on the PCA website.  Applications will be reviewed on a “rolling” basis this year. Once the maximum number of participants is reached, additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list.  The earlier an application is received, the greater the chances of acceptance.

 

travel grants

A limited number of $400 travel grants are available for participants. To be considered, please complete the travel grant application electronically and return it with your Registration Form as early as possible, but no later than April 13, 2018; travel grant awards will be made on a rolling basis, and early applications will receive first consideration.  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. In order to receive a grant, applicants must travel a minimum of 50 miles to the Institute.

               

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. GRANT RECIPIENTS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE ENTIRE INSTITUTE. LATE ARRIVAL OR EARLY DEPARTURE MAY AFFECT FUNDING.

 

for more information

Please contact Dr. Lynn Bartholome, PCA/ACA Treasurer (lbartholome@monroecc.edu ), if you have questions or need additional information.