Collections, Curation, and Collectors: An Exploration of Gathering

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Bowling Green State University/Popular Culture Scholars Association
contact email: 

The Ray Browne Conference for Popular Culture Studies

Collections, Curation, and Collectors: An Exploration of Gathering

March 6th and 7th 2020

Pallister Conference Room, Jerome Library

Call for Papers

 

It might be observed that scholars who investigate popular culture often explore collections, curation, and collectors. In such explorations, popular culture scholars make visible the stories bound to material objects, the common interpretant of communities, and the negotiations of individuals.

 

This spring, Bowling Green State University’s Popular Culture Scholars Association invites popular culture scholars to share their investigations of collections, curation, and collectors. The Ray Browne Conference for Popular Culture Studies aims to bring scholars of popular culture studies together to consider the meaning of collection, the work of curation, and the objects, meaning, and identities that are visible in scholarship that witnesses and explores the concept of gathering.

 

Possible Topics Include:

❖    Spotlights on particular fans, fandoms, and curation practices

❖    Spotlights on collection as occupation and the relationship between hobby and occupation visible in the study of collection

❖    Spotlights on personal practices of collection and curation (autoethnography)

❖    Investigations of collection as an activity that assembles self/identity, community, boundaries, and/or knowledge

❖    Investigations of private and public collections

❖    Investigations of collections and use

❖    Thoughts on the relationship between the term and practice of curation and the term and practice of collection

❖    Thoughts on research as collection

 

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 1st, 2019.

 

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. Conference organizers seek contributions from undergraduates, graduates, established scholars, and professionals/enthusiasts. 

The Ray Browne Conference for Popular Culture Studies is presented by the Bowling Green State University graduate student organization; Popular Culture Scholars Association (PCSA). PCSA encourages the study of popular culture among the greater BGSU community; supports the professional development of BGSU POPC MA students; and links undergraduates, graduates, educators, and outside scholars in conversation.