The PCA/ACA is a vibrant academic organization that provides venue for students with interests on culture. Find out more about this organization from its Interim President, Mike Marsden.
For those who are not familiar with the PCA/ACA, what is it?
The PCA/ACA is an international organization dedicated to the inclusive study of popular culture in all of its many forms. As an organization it exists to provide a venue for students of popular culture to come together and share ideas and interests about a host of topics that could be included under a broad definition of popular culture.
How long have you been around?
The organization has been around for more than forty years, having had its first national meeting as an organization in the early 1970s. In the initial years, it was just the Popular Culture Association. But a few years latter a parallel organization was created called the American Culture Association in an attempt to provide a venue for those whose exclusive interests were American popular culture. Very recently, the two organizations merged into one.
How did you get started with the organization?
I had the good fortune to be involved in the creation of both organizations, since I was first a graduate student (1969-1972) and later a faculty member (l972 to l992) at Bowling Green State University which housed the associations, the Department of Popular Culture, and the Popular Press, which published the key journals. Years later I seved as President of the American Culture Association and now I serve as Interim President of the combined organizations.
This being National M/M Month, many authors and readers are interested in knowing how PCA/ACA might make them aware of more gay romance books. Tell us about that.
The PCA/ACA provides an opportunity for those interested in gay romance to come together and share their interest and expertise and broaden their understanding of the field.
If my readers would like more information about PCA/ACA, where can they find it?
Any of your readers who would like to find out more about the PCA/ACA can simply Google PCA/ACA and learn about the organization and the upcoming conference in New Orleans in early April.