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In Support of the Sanctuary Campus Movement

November 30, 2016
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As an organization dedicated to the support and advancement of scholars, students, and teachers, the American Studies Association strongly endorses the measures across educational institutions at all levels that are designed to offer institutional support to all those whose ability to continue their educations will be severely hindered by the enactment of the exclusionary policies on immigration and religious affiliation promised by a Trump administration.  Whether by offering refuge for students facing deportation or detainment, or by providing services and resources necessary to continuing their education despite arrest, imprisonment, or deportation, or through the protection of student data as well as other means, campuses across the country have committed to acting on behalf of the groups to be made most vulnerable. Under the rubric of “sanctuary campus” and otherwise, individuals and institutions have expressed their willingness to act on behalf of students despite the risks involved in civil disobedience, a commitment that resonates with and pulls forward the importance of civil disobedience to the history and formation of the U.S. nation since its founding.  We recognize, too, the exacerbation of vulnerability for women, for lesbian, gay, and transgender people, for indigenous and native people, and for People of Color among all too many others, that will likewise require continuing and intensified efforts to address. In accordance with our long held principles of academic freedom and orientation toward the public good, the ASA is likewise dedicated to providing resources and support regardless of immigration status, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or any other category of socio-political identity, to those who teach and learn in and outside of formal educational institutions. We encourage individuals and institutions with similar values to adopt, proactively, similarly supportive measures.

Executive Committee of the American Studies Association
President: Robert Warrior, University of Kansas
President-elect: Kandice Chuh, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Immediate Past President: David Roediger, University of Kansas
Councilor: Jodi Byrd, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Councilor: Christina Hanhardt, University of Maryland, College Park
Councilor: Sharon Holland, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Message from ASA President Robert Warrior

NEW LA Review of Books: At Home With American Studies: An Interview with ASA President Robert Warrior.  Sarah Mesle interviews Robert Warrior.

November 15, 2016
Denver, Colorado    

Dear American Studies Association members and registrants for the upcoming annual meeting:

I am writing on behalf of the ASA’s Executive Committee with a message about the meeting and also with some updates from the Program Committee’s co-chairs on some of the sessions that have recently been added to this week’s program.

First, the Executive Committee has a compelling sense that we ought to say something in advance of our upcoming meeting given the recent election results in the US and the many ongoing issues that are of deep concern to ASA members that continue to give us grave concern. We as elected leaders of the association hope our annual meeting this week in Denver will provide opportunities for a renewed collective commitment to the importance of our actions as scholars in and citizens of the world. In Denver, the national council will be discussing issuing a statement that articulates the association’s long-standing commitments to justice in light of recent events and ongoing struggles. This year as much or more than ever, we want the annual meeting to be a reminder to all of us of the power of our collective knowledge, wisdom, solidarity, and hope to respond to forces that target and threaten so many, including many of our members, and seek to diminish the values we embody and express in standing for justice and against xenophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous peoples, and the destruction of places we live.

We look forward to seeing those of you who will be in Denver. Please let us know what we can do to make ASA the sort of association you need in facing the challenges you are up against in your scholarship, teaching, and intellectual witness.

Second, the co-chairs of the Program Committee and I have added several sessions over the past several weeks in response to issues that have arisen since the formal work of building the program was completed in June. The sessions listed below are in the online version of the program. We hope you will be able to attend some of them along with the other rich offerings you as members and the Program Committee are bringing to Denver.

Safe travels to those heading to Denver. We will miss those who can’t make it this year and will hope to see you next year in Chicago.

Robert Warrior
American Studies Association

Updated November 29, 2016

More From the Editors


CFP: ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, November 9-12, 2017

The Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks panel proposals for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, November 9-12, 2017.

In particular, we seek proposals that address the 2017 Annual Meeting theme: “Pedagogies of Dissent.” Per the ASA website: “‘Pedagogies of Dissent’ emphasizes the conjuncture of education, politics, and intellectual work that has long been and remains central to the vibrancy of American studies.” The Sports Studies Caucus likewise encourages panel submissions that engage the Chicago sportscape and its role in the sporting cultures of the Americas.

We also urge interested parties to consider non-traditional panel formats and the creation of interlocking or related panel sessions. For more information on panel formatting, visit http://www.theasa.net/submit_a_proposal and scroll down to the header marked “Proposal Types.”

Have a panel idea? Visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/135180959965247/) to seek like-minded presenters, or contact Noah Cohan at [ncohan@wustl.edu]. Panel proposals submitted by Jan. 17 will be considered for caucus sponsorship by a vote of our members. To be considered, please e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with a list of panelists and an abstract of 300 words.

The Role of Sports Studies and an ASA Lineup Reminder

We firmly believe that sports studies scholarship and pedagogy have important roles to play in these difficult times. If you are in Denver this week for ASA, we hope you’ll join us at our affiliated panels (schedule below) and in informal discourse as we discuss how we might teach, serve, and protect students and athletes as we join them in raising our voices against injustices large and small.


8:00 to 9:45am - DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Level 4, Capitol 6
An Empty Home Field: Reflections on Sports, Race, and the Geographies of Place in the Neo-Liberal City - http://tinyurl.com/hue6zlp
- Amy Bass, John Bloom, Priscilla Leiva, Benjamin Lisle

10:00 to 11:45am, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Level 4, Capitol 5
Competition and Commodity: Sports in 21st-Century Visual and Literary Culture - http://tinyurl.com/gtm427j
- Philip Deloria, Annie Gilbert Coleman, Jeffrey Lawrence, Roberta Newman

10:00 to 11:45am, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Level 4, Capitol 6
Home on Campus?: Centering Sport in the University - http://tinyurl.com/jdmbyzf
- Sherrie Tucker, Lucia Trimbur, Noah Cohan, Daniel Gilbert, Theresa Runstedtler, Randal Jelks

12:00 to 1:45pm, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Level 4, Capitol 1
Activism Caucus: Israel’s Lethal Involvement in Mega-Sporting Events: Heeding the Call for Boycott - http://tinyurl.com/jkjfxh9
- Chandni Desai, Dave Zirin, Linda Tabar

2:00 to 3:45pm, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Level 4, Capitol 7
Sports Studies Caucus: Built: At Home with the Athletic Body - http://tinyurl.com/jmqkgry
- Mary McDonald, E. Hella Tsaconas, Kara Fagan, Erica Rand, Chelsea Jones

4:00 to 5:45pm, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Level 4, Capitol 7
Sports Studies Caucus: Refusing to Defend this House: Athletic Insurrection at the University of Missouri and Beyond - http://tinyurl.com/hzggwfh
- David Leonard, Emmett Gill, Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown, Drew Brown, Doug Hartmann, C. Richard King

4:00 to 5:45pm, HYATT REGENCY AT COLORADO CONVENTION CTR, Level 4, Capitol 3
Muhammad Ali: An American and Beyond
Panelists: Kevin Gaines, Dave Zirin, Theresa Runstedtler, Moustafa Bayoumi


8:00 to 9:45am, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Level 3, Mineral Hall F
Race in the Sports Documentary - http://tinyurl.com/hehlk9y
- Travis Vogan, Samantha Sheppard, Guy Harrison, Aaron Baker

10:00 to 11:45am, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Level 3, Mineral Hall F
Sisters With Attitude: How Venus and Serena Williams Changed the Game - http://tinyurl.com/gqdu725
- Vanessa Perez, Treva Lindsey, Salamishah Tillet, Brittney Cooper

12:00 to 1:45pm, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Level 3, Mineral Hall F
The Sporting Life: Athletic Cultures and Practices - http://tinyurl.com/j8r2gk7
- Pellom McDaniels III, Evan Brody, Margaret Kelly, Jennifer McClearen, Jasmine Mitchell

4:00 to 5:45pm, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Agate A
Business Meeting: Sports Studies Caucus - http://tinyurl.com/gqd47gh

Caucus events at ASA 2016 in Denver

Please join us at for our open meeting and panels at this year’s ASA!

RECEPTION / MIXER 5:00-7:00 Friday, Nov. 18, in Denver

Along with sponsoring the two panels that our Caucus’s members chose via that ballot back in April—yep, the ballot listing all sixteen of the early-American-flavored* sessions that this year’s Program.Comm had already accepted for this year’s conference!—we’re again co-hosting a RECEPTION / MIXER. It’ll be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, November 18, at MARLOWE’S (501 16th St., Denver), and our co-hosts again this year are the Environment and Culture Caucus and the A.S.A.‘s southern-regional chapter, d/b/a “SASA.”

*Meanwhile, figuring out when and where those early-American-flavored sessions will be begins by typing “Early American” into the “Search for events or participants” slot at the A.S.A. website.

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Business Meeting of the Rocky Mountain ASA

With ASA in Denver, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ASA will be holding a business meeting at the Colorado Convention Center on Friday, November 18 at 11.

Visual Culture Caucus Guided Tour of RedLine (Denver)