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Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are, November 17-20, 2016

AQ Call for Papers: Special Issue

Call for Papers: Special Issues
American Quarterly publishes one special issue per year each September.  Special issues are edited by the guest editors in collaboration with the AQ editors and the AQ Managing Board. They are comprised of a combination of essays that are solicited by the editors and essays that are submitted to a call for papers. For more information on special issues and a look back at past special issues, please visit the Special Issues page.

Call for Papers: American Quarterly Special Issue, 2017
The Chinese Factor: Reorienting Global Imaginaries in American Studies

Guest Editors:
Chih-ming Wang, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Yu-Fang Cho, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

The rise of China, both as a palpable geopolitical force and a contested discursive formation, has centrally occupied US global imaginaries in the most recent decade: from the controversies surrounding the Confucius Institute in the United States to the disputes over territories in South China Sea; from the hypervisibility of “Chinese” capital to the heterogeneous diasporas that contest what constitutes Chineseness; and from China’s “One Belt, One Road” master plan that integrates Central Asia and Southeast Asia to the struggles of democracy in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. As a geopolitical and discursive factor with global implications, the rise of China poses imminent epistemological and political challenges to American studies and its sense of the world.

The 2017 special issue of American Quarterly, “The Chinese Factor: Reorienting Global Imaginaries in American Studies,” will build on critical transpacific studies by complicating and interrogating existing paradigms for comprehending the rise of China discourse vis-à-vis the place of the United States in the world. As a new iteration of the Yellow Peril discourse, such orientalist imagining persistently reproduces and reifies China as a threatening and monolithic alterity. As such, this dominant discourse often erases and obscures heterogeneous genealogies, critical contestations, and translocal formations within and across China, Asia, the Pacific, and beyond. This special issue seeks to unpack the specific workings of this iteration through simultaneous valuation and devaluation, where Chinese market, labor, capital, language, and culture are alternately posited as vital to securing US global power yet highly suspicious and dispensable. How do we understand America’s schizophrenic imaginings of China and their implications, as China has risen from the ashes of the Cold War to this moment of neoliberal precarity as America’s greatest creditor, supplier, and contender for hegemony? How has America’s premier object of love and hate functioned as a historical, material, and cultural force in the US effort to remake itself in response to the shifting world order? What new archives could be activated to create openings onto alternative routes of knowledge, cultural and social formations, and political affiliations within and beyond the orbits of empires? This special issue welcomes critical practices, analyses, and visions that explore historical and contemporary intimacies of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation in comparative contexts as ways to facilitate self-reflexive dialogues between American studies, critical ethnic studies, and Asian studies.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • migrations, circuits of flexible accumulation of capital and networks of moving bodies, the expansion of US universities, and the emergence of global studies;
  • valuation and devaluation of racialized, gendered, and sexualized bodies and labor in comparative contexts;
  • critiques of and affinities across overlapping settler colonialism, neocolonialism, and neoliberalism in cultural production and social movement;
  • race, queer belonging, and post/Cold War campaigns for democracy; and
  • Chinese/Taiwanese American cultural and social formations in spaces such as college campuses, garment sweatshops, chop-suey restaurants, and the Silicon Valley.

Submissions are due August 1, 2016. Authors must address the guest editors and clearly indicate in a cover letter that the submission is intended for the special issue. Accepted submissions will appear in American Quarterly, volume 69, issue 3 (Fall 2017). Information about American Quarterly and submission guidelines can be found at http://www.americanquarterly.org.

More From the Editors


Early American Matters Caucus’ll sponsor these 2 sessions at Denver

Thanks to everyone who returned ballots in our recent voting, via the Early American Matters Caucus’s listserve! Among the 16 early-American-flavored panels already on the program at this November’s A.S.A. conference in Denver, our Caucus is sponsoring these two—

“The Anatomy of Home: Early American Bodies,” with papers by Melissa Adams-Campbell, Carla Cevasco, Rebecca Rosen and Amanda Stuckey; Cristobal will chair and serve as commentator.
“Colloquy with Elizabeth Maddock Dillon on _New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1648-1849_,” with Cory Capers, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Duncan Faherty, Bob Fanuzzi, Dan Hutchins, Peter Reed and Shirley Samuels as panelists and with Dennis Moore as moderator—and with members of the audience as Respondents.

—and it turns out there’s more: in addition to accepting those 16 panel proposals, each of which included “early American,” “eighteenth century” or “nineteenth century” as a keyword, the program committee also constructed 13 other early-American-flavored sessions from individual paper proposals that had at least one of those keywords.

WATCH FOR FURTHER WORD about the reception we’re again co-hosting with the Environment and Culture Caucus, again with generous support from the American Antiquarian Society. Last year’s reception, at Toronto, coincided with the southern-regional chapter’s mixer, and we’re planning mixer and reception together again, this time around!

—Dennis Moore, co-choreographer (with Sari Altschuler) of the Early American Matters Caucus

Call for Proposals: Archive of Modern American Warfare Symposium

The first annual Archive of Modern American Warfare Symposium will take place at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center on Thursday September 15, 2016. The theme of this year’s symposium is ISIS and the Global War on Terrorism.

that pernicious legislation coming out of Mississippi

Here’s text that SASA’s president, Krystyn Moon, has posted at our Fb page, “SASA: Southern American Studies Association”:

Discount from MIT Press

MIT Press is offering caucus members a 30% discount on books.


The EAS Forum for 2016-2017 is now live at http://www.theasa.net/project_eas_online/page/project_eas_online_eas_EAS_Forum/. The theme for this edition is EXHIBITING AMERICAN STUDIES. It concerns the display of things and images as American Studies work and interpretation. Read perspectives on interpretations by American Studies scholars of house museums, African-American photograph collections, and Disney theme parks. EAS Forum is an annual online publication that complements the Encyclopedia of American Studies online with essays on themes and approaches related to the mission of the encyclopedia.

Announcing the Garfinkel Prize

We are incredibly excited to announce the first annual Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities. Please submit your projects and forward this call widely.