PCSA Student Organization

Popular Culture Scholars' Association (PCSA)

The Popular Culture Scholars' Association (PCSA) is an organization dedicated to encouraging the study of popular culture as intended by Ray B. Browne. Browne, founder of BGSU’s Department of Popular Culture, the Journal of Popular Culture, and the Popular Culture Association, paved the way for this organization. His writing calls for the study of popular culture as a way to bridge the gap between the ivory tower of academy and the lived reality of the BGSU student body and community. Browne’s view of popular culture as a symbol of not only the working class, but of democracy itself continues to inspire and guide the study of popular culture, class, and academia.

The PCSA is a free, open-enrollment organization supporting the professional development of students pursuing a cultural studies education. We welcome undergraduates, graduate students, educators, outside scholars, community members, and everyone interested in the study of Popular Culture. Facilitated by graduate students, PCSA hosts a monthly meeting that both brings contemporary popular culture scholarship to the BGSU campus and highlights the popular culture scholarship of current BGSU undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and community members. In addition, these monthly meetings host professional development and collaborations with like-minded organizations. Finally, the PCSA develops, organizes, and executes the annual Class Con, an academic conference dedicated to the study of popular culture with a focus on class, labor, leisure, and the work of Ray Browne.

PCSA 2023-2024 Officers

Co-President: John King
Co-President: Haley Shipley
Treasurer: Ahmad Bilal
Secretary: William Walton
Contact us: pcsa@bgsu.edu

March 15th and 16th, Bowling Green State University, Jerome Library

Conference Website

101 East Hall 5:30PM-7:30PM

  • October 5, 2023
  • November 2, 2023
  • December 7, 2023
  • January 4, 2024
  • February 1, 2024
  • April 4, 2024

PCSA History:

PCSA was founded in the fall of 2011 in a moment of great energy and passion about popular culture studies by Popular Culture MA students, Myc Wiatrowski, Cory Barker, and Brian Keilen.

It was originally populated by both undergraduate and graduate students aimed at bringing together and engaging community members, students, alumni, professionals, and scholars who are dedicated to the creation and study of popular texts and vernacular culture.

PCSA helped to originate the Popular Culture Colloquium Series and Ray Browne Conference (now the Ray Browne Conference for Popular Culture Studies) and published a collection of the first RBC’s paper.


Updated: 02/26/2024 03:21PM