Culture Club History

Ray Browne conference attendees 2014
2014 Ray Browne Conference Attendees with Keynote Speaker José Gonzalez (back row far right)

Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars' Association is an interdisciplinary organization founded in 2006 and started its tenure by hosting the first Battlegrounds Conference at BGSU. Today Culture Club has grown into a professional development organization and still hosts an annual conference dedicated to the study of culture in all its forms.


President: Emily Edwards
Vice-President: Addison Kennedy 
Treasurer: Ericka Findley 
Secretary: Naykishia Head
Executive-at-Large: Stevie Scheurich

President: William "Buddy" Avila
Vice-President: William Daniels
Treasurer: Britt Rhuart
Secretary: Graeme Wilson
Executive-at-Large: Courtney Bliss

President: Michail Markodimitrakis
Vice-President: Emma Elizabeth Neihaus
Treasurer: William "Buddy" Avila
Secretary: Kathleen Kollman
Executive-at-Large: Elizabeth Brownlow

President: Bincy Abdul-Samad
Vice-President: Jamie Clements
Treasurer: Shane Snyder
Secretary: Jacqueline Adams
Executive-at-Large: Aju Basil James

President: Kaitlyn Wauthier
Vice-President: Erin Mulligan
Treasurer: Alissa Butler
Secretary: Mary Maxfield
Executive-at-Large: Eric Browning

President: Daniel Elkan
Vice-President: Kaitlyn Wauthier
Treasurer: April Braden
Secretary: Hannah Maulden
Executive-at-Large: Starlit Hill

President: Johni Amos
Vice-President: Debbie Ribera
Treasurer: Daniel Elkan
Secretary: Hannah Maulden
Executive-at-Large: Ann Weedon

President: Elisabeth Woronzoff
Treasurer: Diana DePasquale
Secretary: Christopher Wagenheim

President: Elisabeth Woronzoff
Vice President: Michael Hale
Treasurer: Matthew Karasek and Diana DePasquale
Secretary: Alex Champlin
Executive-at-Large: Ann Weedon

President: Charlotte Quinney
Treasurer: Justine Lutzel
Secretary: Kevan Feshami

President: Kelly MacDonald
Vice President: Eric Weeks
Treasurer: Isaac Vayo
Secretary: Justine Lutzel
Excutive-at-Large: Melinda Lewis

President: Stephen Harrick
Vice President: Colin Helb
Treasurer: Justin Philpot
Secretary: Mark Bernard

President: Matthew Mace Barbee
Vice President: Adam Franklin
Treasurer: Gavin Mueller
Secretary: James Paache
Public Relations: Colin Helb
GSS Rep: Andy Famiglietti

Culture Club Annual Conference  

2020 Conference:
Culture(s) in Conversation: Environments, Landscapes, and Ecologies

Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies

2019 Conference:
Formulas in Flux: Conventions and Adaptability in Popular Culture

Culture Club Keynote Presentation: Feature film directed by Fabrizio Terranova, "Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival"
Ray and Pat Browne Keynote Address:
Dr. Sue Matheson, "Adaptable Cannibals: Reflections on the Possibilities, Negotiations, and Limits of Popular Culture Formulas and Conventions"

2018 Conference:
Borders and Borderlands

Culture Club Keynote Address: Irene Lara “Healing in the Borderlands: Knowledge to Breathe Home”
Ray and Pat Browne Keynote Address: Trevor J. Blank, “All Kidding Aside: Memes, Humor, and Backlash in American Celebrity Culture”

2017 Conference:
Intersections of Identities: Difference and Coalition in a Transnational Context

Culture Club Keynote Address: Staceyann Chin, spoken-word poet, performing artist, activist, and novelist.
Ray and Pat Browne Keynote Address:
Laurenn McCubbin, large-scale, immersive installation artist, documentarian, and Associate Professor of Foundations at Columbus College of Art & Design.

2016 Conference:
"Time and Timelessness: Conceptions of the Past, Present, and Future in Cultural Studies"

Culture Club Keynote Address: Andi Zeisler, cofounder of Bitch Media and longtime freelance writer and illustrator.
Ray and Pat Browne Keynote Address: 
Linda Holmes, Pop Culture Blogger, NPR, Monkey See

2015 Conference:
“Cultural Landscapes and Critical Possibilities: Perspectives on the Local & Global.” February 13-15, 2015.

Culture Club Keynote Address: Dr. Brittney Cooper, Rutgers University, Crunk Feminist Collective
Ray and Pat Browne Keynote Address:
AtPeace Makita Taylor, Detroit Water Brigade
Featured Workshop Facilitator
: Justin Wedes, Detroit Water Brigade

2014 Conference:
“Clash and Convergence: Explorations of Culture in an Age of Uncertainty.” February 21-23, 2014.

Culture Club (formerly Battleground States) Keynote Address: José Gonzalez “Tucson Unified: A Dream Deferred, A Civil Rights Struggle”
Ray and Pat Browne Keynote Address:
Jennifer Armstrong “The Modern TV Woman: How The Mary Tyler Moor Show Pushed Boundaries and Paved the Way for Carrie Bradshaw, Liz Lemon, and Mindy Lahiri”

Battleground States Conference, 2006-2013

First organized by graduate students in the American Culture Studies Program at Bowling Green State University, Adam Franklin, the 2006 conference coordinator describes the origins of Battleground States as follows: “The idea for this conference was conceived when a group of graduate students in the American Culture Studies Program came together and decided they wanted to bring together other graduate students from the campus, the region, the country, and possibly even the world” (Battlegrounds States 2006 Program, 3).

The conference was held annually until 2013 when The Culture Club joined forces with the Popular Cultural Scholars Association to co-organize the Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies.

2013 Conference:
“Crossing Boundaries, Revealing Connections: Experiments in Interdisciplinary Studies”

Keynote Address: Dr. Carol Siegel

2012 Conference:
“3R: Response, Re/Action, Revolt” February 23-26, 2012

2011 Conference:
“Collapsing Cultures & Darkened Dreamscapes: Societies and Imaginations in a State of Disorder” February 25-26, 2011

Keynote Address: David W. Oaks “Earth vs. Normal: How the Mad Movement Challenge to the Global Psychiatric Industry May Help Us”

2010 Conference:
“War(s) & Peace.” February 26-27, 2010

Keynote Panel: “Perspectives of Conflict” Participants: Taghreed Abu Sarhan, Eric Merritt, Stephen Ortiz, Marc Simon; Moderator: Ellen Gorsevski.

2009 Conference:
“The Future” February 27-28, 2009

Keynote Address: Siva Vaidhyanathan, “The Googlization of Everything: How One Company is Disrupting Culture, Commerce, and Community”

2008 Conference:
“The Body & Culture” February 22-23, 2008

Keynote Address: Philip Auslander “Liveness Redux: The View From 2008”

2007 Conference:
“Intersections of Poetics & Politics” March 30-31, 2007

Keynote Address: Dr. Annette Wannamaker “Battling Boys: The State of Masculinity in Popular Texts for Children” Introduction by Matthew Mace Barbee

2006 Conference:
“Battleground States” The first Battleground States Conference was called the American Culture Studies Graduate Conference, March 31-April 1, 2006

Keynote Address: Dr. Ann Larabee
Keynote Panel
: Dr. Sherry Linkon and Dr. John Russo