Fellow ARSC folks, we’re accepting applications for the Popular Culture Summer Research Institute, a joint project between BGSU and the Popular Culture Association. Each summer a group of 20-25 scholars comes to BGSU for several days and uses materials in our special collections, including the Bill Schurk Sound Archives, to begin or continue research projects. There are a limited number of travel grants and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If any ARSC member is beginning research projects, or has ongoing projects that could benefit from the collections at the Browne Popular Culture Library or the Bill Schurk Sound Archives, please consider applying. Information about the institute is below, as well as a link for more information and the application materials. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any further questions.
“TOPICS IN POPULAR CULTURE: RESEARCHING, WRITING, AND WORKSHOPPING YOUR IDEAS”
For the third year, the PCA/ACA, the BGSU Department of Popular Culture, the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives are jointly sponsoring a summer research institute at Bowling Green State University from Sunday, June 3 through Friday morning, June 8, 2018.This institute is generously supported by the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, the Dean of University Libraries, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost at Bowling Green State University, as well as by the PCA/ACA Endowment.
The institute will introduce 20-25 scholars from across the country and abroad to the research and pedagogical treasures of BGSU’s very special collections. The Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies was founded in 1969 and is the most comprehensive repository of its kind in the United States; it includes more than 190,000 catalogued books. The collection’s primary focus is popular fiction, popular entertainment (radio, television, film, and the mass communication industry), and the graphic arts/advertising. Besides books and magazines, the collection includes fanzines, comics, movie posters, postcards, greeting cards, trading cards, television episode scripts, and many three-dimensional items (i.e. action figures, fast food toys, games).
The Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives is considered the nation’s premier academic collection of popular music sound recordings. Established in 1967 for the scholarly study of popular music and music recordings, the Bill Schurk Sound Archives includes almost a million recordings in all formats (LP, 78, 45, CD, tapes and more), discographies, books, and periodicals related to popular music and the recording industry.
The staff of these exceptional collections will assist institute participants in locating unique resources for use in their teaching and research in accordance with Fair Use guidelines. Additionally, volunteer faculty scholars from both BGSU and the PCA/ACA will lend their time and expertise to help participants with their individual projects.
More information: https://pcaaca.org/summer-research-institute-bgsu
David R. Lewis, Ph.D. [pronouns: he/him/his]
Sound Archivist, Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives
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Bowling Green State University