The 2014 annual meeting in Los Angeles, “The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain in the Post-American Century,” was an attempt to come together around other terms, to place even the existing terms by which most of us organize ourselves and our work under the kind of pressure that would let us see how much or how little those terms are really ours. The pressure was experimental and was driven by a desire for pleasure, even in the face of the things that oppress and infuriate us, precisely because a general opening and cultivation of our capacity to please and to be pleased is what we want. We put pressure on these terms by using and, sometimes, abusing them, critically, but also with a sense of abandon and even, sometimes, with the intent to abandon them. Even unguarded usage of terms such as “we” and “ours” was encouraged if only so that they could be more brought more sharply and insistently into critical relief. If everything “we” hope for is, in some sense, grounded in an assumption of a shared generality the only way to protect that ground is by digging into it, investigating as furiously as possible the very foundations and possibility of “our” collectivity. (continued)
Published on February 10, 2015 by ASASTAFF.
The Executive Committee of the American Studies Association invites applications and nominations for several standing and prize committee positions listed here. Candidates must be association members and should possess expertise appropriate to the committee’s work.
Applications should include a brief statement outlining one’s qualifications and experience, letter(s) of reference relating the candidate’s experience to the committee’s work , and the applicant’s two-page (maximum) vita. The application materials should be assembled by the submitter into a single PDF prior to submission.
Nominations should relate the candidate’s experience to the committee’s work and include each nominee’s brief statement outlining his or her qualifications and experience, and the nominee’s (maximum) two-page vita.
The materials should not exceed six pages in length. Do not submit academic resumes.
Published on February 2, 2015 by ASASTAFF.
The Women’s Committee calls for submissions to the seventh annual Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty. Hosted by the American Studies Association, this award honors Anzaldua’s outstanding career as an independent scholar and her labor as contingent faculty, along with her groundbreaking contributions to scholarship on women of color and to queer theory. The award includes a lifetime membership in the ASA, a lifetime electronic subscription to American Quarterly, and $500. Applicants must work in American studies or a related field and work as independent scholars and/or as faculty at community colleges or in a contingent capacity (i.e., as part-time or full-time non-ladder-rank or non-tenure-track instructors, adjuncts, or lecturers). Graduate students are ineligible. The winner will be announced at the Women’s Brunch during the annual meeting of the association to be held October 8-11, 2015, Toronto, Canada.
The Minority Scholars’ Committee of the American Studies Association invites nominations for the 2015 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award. The prize was established in 2012, and will honor a scholar who, like Richard Yarborough, demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring. The winner will be announced at the Mentoring Breakfast of the Minority Scholars’ Committee during the annual meeting of the association to be held October 8-11, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.
EAS FORUM 6 is now live! It features discussion of “Screening American Studies” with ethnographic filmmakers of American culture William Ferris (University of North Carolina) and Sharon Sherman (University of Oregon). http://www.theasa.net/project_eas_online/page/project_eas_online_eas_EAS_Forum/
We are happy to announce that the Caucus on Critical Disability Studies (CCDS) within the ASA is now official! We are anticipating a strong presence at next year’s meeting, in caucus-sponsored sessions and our business meeting. In the interim, we would like to hear from you and keep you updated on our activities through our official website and through our listserv.
Over the next two weeks, beginning Monday 19 January, the Caucus will be curating the ASA’s social media. We’ll share resources in the field and consider new ways to think about objects and use objects in our classroom—and in our research and in our life. Be there! Spread the word!