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Statement in Support of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation

The American Studies Association stands with the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota people who have come together to protect their waters, bodies, lands, and sacred places from those constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline and others who benefit financially from continued reliance on fossil-fuel extraction, refining, and consumption. This statement is a call for ASA members, American studies departments and programs, and others to support the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and those who have joined them in the Sacred Stone Camp, Red Warrior Camp, and Oceti Sakowin Camp as they fight to stop further construction of the DAPL.

Dakota Access Pipeline LLC intends the new pipeline to stretch 1,100 miles from North Dakota to Illinois and to carry 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Compelling evidence suggests that the effects of these plans on Mni Sose (the Missouri River), which is Standing Rock’s water supply, and the lands, other waterways, and human and non-human persons near the pipeline have not been adequately considered, assessed, or evaluated. If anything, that evidence points to Lakota cultural sites and burial areas already sustaining damage.

The ASA promotes the proliferation of knowledge of the environmental and human impact of such projects as the DAPL. Further, American studies as an academic and scholarly field has developed a growing commitment to understanding US history in the context of Indigenous persistence and the long history of the abrogation of the sovereignty of Indigenous nations by the U.S. nation-state. In light of what we learn and teach as American studies scholars, we join Indigenous organizations, American Indian governments, and other organizations, governments, and institutions around the world in pledging solidarity with and support for the people of Standing Rock.

Thus, we recognize the authority of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and join their call for an immediate and permanent end to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The people of Standing Rock and their Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota relations in the Oceti Sakowin Oyate have made a stand to protect their land, lives, and water and against these threats to their sovereignty, human rights, and basic dignity.  We join them in their stand, and we ask others to do so as well.

Approved by the Executive Committee, 23 September 2016

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

We are writing on behalf of the 2016 ASA Program Committee to say how much we hope you are planning to join us November 17-20 in Denver for an annual meeting that will feature compelling sessions on vital topics, including transphobic bathroom laws, Colorado’s ADX Florence supermax prison, the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre, and more.

The annual meeting is an expression of the collective knowledge and connective analyses of ASA members, and we are grateful to the hundreds of our colleagues from across the globe who submitted proposals this year. The meeting theme, “Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are” generated thoughtful, incisive session proposals, including many on indigeneity and place, the politics of homelessness, prisons as not home, and the determinative power of race and migration on defining at-homeness, among many others. The program also features many sessions that do not match the theme but demonstrate the ongoing and emerging agendas of scholars who work in American studies.

The committee was not, of course, able to accept all submissions. The program includes 296 sessions that the committee accepted from the 328 session submissions. The percentage of accepted session submissions is consistent with what has happened in recent years. This year we received an unusually high number of proposals for individual papers (418). In spite of the high volume, the committee accepted a record percentage of proposals for individual papers. Those accepted proposals turned into 71 sessions.

The program committee also developed sessions that highlight the theme and emerging issues, including the proliferation of campus carry laws, the status of queer of color critique, whiteness and indigeneity, and blackness and the precarity of home. Several sessions will mark the enduring impact of figures who died since we last met, including Cedric Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Grace Lee Boggs, and Patrick Wolfe.

We remember these extraordinary figures in the midst of our annual routine, which somehow becomes more extraordinary every year. Whether ASA is your intellectual home, professional refuge, or your home/not home away from home/not home, we appreciate the opportunity to spend the past year working on your behalf as the association’s members and sustainers.

Robert Warrior
ASA President

Sharon P. Holland
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui
Jean M. O’Brien
Co-Chairs, 2016 ASA Program Committee

View the 2016 Annual Meeting Program Online
View the 2017 Annual Meeting Theme and Planning Committees (PDF)

More From the Editors


ASA Critical Disability Studies Caucus Graduate Student Paper Award

new grad-student rep on SASA’s board AND new deadline for Critoph Prize

Given the change in plans for our next biennial conference—the ASA’s southern-regional chapter will meet March 2-4, 2017, at William and Mary, rather than in North Carolina, thanks to that state’s pernicious HB2 legislation—there’s a new deadline for grad students to enter the competition for our next Critoph Prize. That deadline is still at noon on the first day of the conference, March 2, and submissions will still go to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Meanwhile, our officers and Board welcome our new graduate student representative, Matt Swiatlowski, of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Details about our org, about our biennial conferences, and about the Critoph Prize abound at our website, http://www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org, and yes, we certainly have a presence on Facebook!—Dennis Moore, SASA’s rep on the RegionalChaps.Comm

CFP: Framing the “American Century”: Wars, Migrations, Social Justice (Due Sept 15, 2016)

The American Studies Association (ASA) and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS), with support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUFSC), are pleased to announce a competition open to ASA members (U.S. citizens). We plan to select two ASA delegates (pending funding) for participation in the annual JAAS conference to be held at Waseda University, Tokyo, June 3-4, 2017. We invite proposals for papers to be presented at the JAAS conference and for the two-day pro-seminars in Japan. The dates of two pro-seminars are not set yet. The award covers round trip airfare to Japan, housing, and modest daily expenses.

Originally posted June 26, 2016

ASA Minority and Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Grant

This award will provide travel reimbursement of $500 to an advanced graduate student who is a member of the ASA and plans to attend the 2016 convention in order to present a paper related to critical ethnic and/or indigenous studies. Graduate students who have no support for convention attendance and are members of an under-represented group are particularly encouraged to apply.

The application should have two parts:  (1) a cover letter of no more than two pages that includes a brief autobiographical description, the title of the applicant’s paper and the session to which it belongs, and confirmation that the applicant will not receive any other financial support from his/her/their institution; and (2) a curriculum vitae.  Please send your application by Wednesday, September 14 to Ralina Joseph, chair of the critical ethnic studies committee, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

ASA Critical Ethnic Studies Prize

The American Studies Association’s Committee on Critical Ethnic Studies calls for submissions for the 2016 Critical Ethnic Studies Prize, awarded to a participant in the annual meeting of the American Studies Association. Any paper given at the meeting is eligible for consideration, provided that it does not exceed 15 pages, including the notes. The paper should be a work-in-progress.  The author of the winning paper will receive a $500 award at the annual meeting to be held November 17-20 in Denver, Colorado.

Relevant submissions will contrast or connect the process of race-making or the experiences of racialized communities with similar processes or experiences inside or outside the United States. All essays must focus on the power of race/ethnicity to shape the lives of diverse groups of people.

Papers should be submitted electronically by Wednesday, September 14 to Ralina Joseph, chair of the c ommittee, at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Sports Studies Schedule for ASA 2016

The Sports Studies Caucus is thrilled to present the following lineup for ASA 2016 in Denver. It includes the six panels formally affiliated with our caucus along with three others of interest! All NINE panels take place on Friday and Saturday.


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 Deloris, 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

12:00 to 2:00pm, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Granite C
Business Meeting: Sports Studies Caucus - http://tinyurl.com/gqd47gh

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


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