Culture Club History
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: 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: 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
Culture Club Annual Conference
Culture(s) in Conversation: Environments, Landscapes, and Ecologies
Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies
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"
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”
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.
"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
“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
“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.
“Crossing Boundaries, Revealing Connections: Experiments in Interdisciplinary Studies”
Keynote Address: Dr. Carol Siegel
“3R: Response, Re/Action, Revolt” February 23-26, 2012
“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”
“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.
“The Future” February 27-28, 2009
Keynote Address: Siva Vaidhyanathan, “The Googlization of Everything: How One Company is Disrupting Culture, Commerce, and Community”
“The Body & Culture” February 22-23, 2008
Keynote Address: Philip Auslander “Liveness Redux: The View From 2008”
“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
“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