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FROM THE EDITORS

ASA Executive Committee Statement on the Salaita Case

The Executive Committee of the American Studies Association, which represents over 5000 scholars of American Studies around the world, protests the decision of University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise to rescind the offer of a tenured faculty position in American Indian Studies to highly regarded ASA member Professor Steven Salaita. 

Professor Salaita was offered the position in October 2013 following a national search and evaluation of his scholarship based on its merit and contributions to comparative indigenous studies. The administration’s action in rescinding the offer in August 2014, after Prof. Salaita had resigned his tenured position at Virginia Tech, and just days before his classes were set to begin at UIUC, sets a dangerous precedent. This last minute top down decision with no faculty consultation and no reason provided violates the tenets of faculty governance. Alarmingly, these actions constitute as well a de facto assault against the Program in American Indian Studies at UIUC despite its carefully earned status as one of the leading intellectual programs nationally in its field. This decision if not overturned is sure to erode the confidence of scholars and students of American Indian and Indigenous Studies that UIUC is an open and welcoming institution that values equally their social, cultural and intellectual contributions.  Additionally, if, as reported, the offer was rescinded based on Prof. Salaita’s twitter feed and opposition to the Israeli invasion of Gaza, the university’s actions constitute a clear violation of the principles of academic freedom, contravene the University’s self-proclaimed valuing of diversity, and suggest an intolerable anti-Arab bias.

We call upon you to restore faculty governance, to respect the Department of American Indian Studies and the faculty peer review process in evaluating faculty for tenured positions, and to begin to rebuild the UIUC’s reputation as an institution of academic excellence by restoring Professor Steven Salaita as a tenured associate professor of American Indian Studies at UIUC.

Letter from Constitutional Law Professors Regarding Revocation of Appointment of Professor Steven Salaita to the University of Illinois Faculty

Petition: In Defense of Academic Freedom: A Call to People of Conscience not to speak at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign until Chancellor Wise honors the contract to hire Professor Steven Salaita

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Election 2015 Nominations Announcement

The Nominating Committee is preparing a ballot for the 2015 annual ASA elections. Members of the American Studies Association are invited to submit recommendations for elected positions. Letters suggesting or recommending a candidate should relate the member’s experience to the association’s work and his or her vitae.

The following positions will appear on the 2015 election ballot: president-elect, councilor (4 positions), and nominating committee member (2 positions).

Please submit your recommendations no later than September 1, 2014, to the Nominating Committee:

Chair:  Miranda Joseph, University of Arizona (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Jodi Kim, University of California, Riverside (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Shana Redmond, University of Southern California (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Siobhan Somerville, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Julie Sze, University of California, Davis (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Ohio State University (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

The final slate must provide representation of the diversity of the Association’s membership. Those nominated must be current members of ASA in order to serve. All persons elected serve three-year terms and will take office on July 1, 2015.

Nominations may also be made by petitions carrying in each case the signatures of at least twenty-five members of the association in good standing and indicating in each case the particular vacancy for which the nomination is intended. The Chair of the Nominating Committee must receive nominations by petition no later than October 1st. The Chair shall ascertain that all candidates nominated by the committee or by petition have consented to stand for election.


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More From the Editors

WHAT'S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY

tick tock!, as in SUBMIT NOW : )

Gentle reminder to our friends far and wide:  deadline for submitting proposals to be part of SASA’s next big biennial conference—next February 19-22 in midtown Atlanta—is around the corner, as in Friday, September 12!  Our website, http://www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org, has info about our focus, ‘RECONSTRUCTION—1865—1965—2015,’ plus plenty of ideas for topics. Here, in the spirit of lagniappe, is another: Sister Rosetta Tharp would’ve turned 100 next March(!), R.I.P., so get those thinking caps on and get those proposals on their way!  Looking forward, Dennis Moore, recovering SASA prez, on behalf of our current president, Professor Krystyn Moon


CFP Framing the “American Century”: Wars, Migrations, Social Justice (Due Oct 1 2014)

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 International Christian University in Tokyo from May-June 2015. We invite proposals for papers to be presented at the JAAS conference and for the two-day pro-seminars in Japan. The award covers round trip airfare to Japan, housing, and modest daily expenses.


Graduate Student Roommate Connection Service

Fourteen years ago, the Students Committee initiated a Roommate Connection Service for graduate students attending the annual ASA conference. The Committee will continue to offer this service for students attending the Los Angeles, CA conference. Rather than having to post your request for a roommate to a list, the Students Committee will act as a clearinghouse for students looking to share space.

Any student (or faculty) seeking a roommate need only send a message to the Students Committee. The Committee will, in turn, forward your message on to any other student(s) that seem to be a “match.” You will handle all the arrangements from there.

This service is available to all graduate students attending the ASA Conference. Please note that by submitting a request to the Roommate Connection Service, you give us permission to forward the entire contents of your message to other students seeking roommates. If the roommate connection works out, please RSVP back to the Students Committee so we can take your name off of our list.

Please complete the following information and send it to Amy Katherine King at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include “Roommate Connection” in the subject heading.

-Your name

-Your e-mail address

-The dates you will be staying in Los Angeles, CA

-Whether you HAVE or NEED a hotel room (with location, price, etc. if you already have one)

-Any preferences for lodging

-Any preferences for roommate (e.g., gender, smoking, gay/lesbian friendly)

Please submit your requests no later than October 26, 2014.

We cannot promise to find everyone a roommate, but we will do our very best!


USACBI Workshop, November 9, 2014

On the last day of the American Studies Association annual meeting in Los Angeles, USACBI will hold a workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Southern California Library.  to discuss and build the academic and cultural boycott movement.  Click the title link for a provisional agenda for the afternoon workshop.  Additional details will be posted as they develop.  For now, we encourage you to make arrangements to attend.  This is an extremely important moment for ASA members in particular to build on the momentum of last year’s historic vote.  Please RSVP to indicate your attendance by writing to Bill Mullen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Malini Schueller at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 


Gloria E. Anzaldua Award 2014

The Women’s Committee calls for submissions to the 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.


Comparative Ethnic Studies Prize

The Committee on Ethnic Studies calls for submissions for the 2014 Comparative 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 6-9, 2014, Los Angeles, CA.

Relevant submissions will contrast or connect the process of race-making or the experiences of ethnic communities with similar processes or experiences inside or outside the United States. All essays must be global and/or comparative, focusing on the power of race/ethnicity to shape the lives of diverse groups of people.

Papers should be submitted electronically by October 18, 2014, to Jodi Kim, chair of the committee, at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  Late submissions will not be accepted.