2022 Ray Browne Conference

The Popular Culture Scholars' Association is excited to announce the
2022 Ray Browne Conference for Popular Culture Studies:


What Scares You?: Defining Horror

March 18-19, 2022
Bowling Green State University
Pallister Conference Room, Jerome Library


Goosebumps™, the abject, and true crime--oh my!

Are there monsters under the bed? Cryptids in the town next door? Serial killer stories in your Netflix cue? Does the study of horror reveal the subconscious, chronicle the career of an artist, or celebrate a fandom

Bowling Green State University’s Popular Culture Scholars Association is delighted to announce the 2022 Ray Browne Conference for Popular Culture Studies--What Scares You?: Defining Horror--a conference dedicated to displaying the genre, beliefs, and everyday marked by the term horror.

Conference organizers ask presenters: What is horror? How do you study horror? And, what do you discover?

Submissions from all fields--all corners of the academy and beyond--welcome.

Possible Topics:

  • Close textual readings of horror films, novels, video games, music, or other media
  • Investigations of horror throughout history
  • Elements of horror in the current political environment
  • Relationship between horror and catharsis
  • Horror elements in other genres
  • Horror as a metaphor for cultural fears
  • How horror hides or reveals itself in our day-to-day existence
  • Horror in the mundane

Interested scholars should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to raybrowneconf@bgsu.edu. Submissions should include the presenter(s)’s name, affiliation, and title; the presentation title; and
professional contact information for the presenter(s). Abstracts are due by December 31st, 2021.

* rb-cfp-2022.pdf
Ray Browne Conference for Popular Culture Studies 2022 Call for Proposals: What Scares You?: Defining Horror

The Ray Browne Conference for Popular Culture Studies is an annual graduate student organized conference that invites participants to consider the study of popular culture as an approach, proposal, and practice.

Please contact raybrowneconf@bgsu.edu with any questions.

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Updated: 05/16/2022 10:22AM