The 2016 special issue of American Quarterly, tentatively titled “Tours of Duty and Tours of Leisure,” will focus on the convergences of tourism and militarism as crucial manifestations of US imperial strategy. US militarism permeates the economy and culture in occupied territories, allied states, and postcolonial regions alike, generating political and economic dependencies in a decidedly colonial grammar. In each instance, tourism is held up as a promise and panacea for emergent markets, even as the tourist economy glosses over, hides, or romanticizes histories of war, violence, and terror. Tourism and militarism converge within and outside US military bases, in their shared personnel, and through interchangeable technologies and logics. They can also be entangled in “eco-tourist” adventures, volunteer missions, memorial pilgrimages, along with numerous other sites, illuminating intersections between militarization and the neoliberal regimentation of modern life.
This special issue seeks to explore the mutual and cogenerative genealogies, technologies, ideologies, and geographies of tourism and militarism, with particular interest in how they collaborate to shore up US geostrategic interests, as well as provide instances where US hegemony might be critiqued and dismantled.
Topics might include theorizations of genealogies of hospitality and occupation; tourisms of occupation, war, and demilitarized zones and borders; tourisms of battlefields and memorials; sex tourism and its military/militarized clientele; the gendered and sexualized modalities of tourism and the military; labor histories of tourist and military economies; the relationship between tourism, terrorism, and notions of “security”; the interplay between military surveillance and the tourist gaze; demilitarization tours and activism; the use of drones and other militarized technologies for travel; the police state and tourist safety; the militarization of tourism through state policies such as travel advisories.
Submissions are due August 1, 2015. Authors must address the guest editors and clearly indicate that their submissions are intended for the special issue in their cover letter. Accepted submissions will appear in American Quarterly, volume 68, issue 3 (Fall 2016). Learn more about the submission guidelines.
We are also pleased to announce the addition of the following new issues to the MUSE database:
Volume 67, Number 1, March 2015
Volume 67, Number 2, June 2015
Published on July 27, 2015 by ASASTAFF.
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July 10, 2015
Media Contact: John F. Stephens, Executive Director
The American Studies Association is pleased to announce the online publication of a series of white papers on the following topics.
We encourage chairs, program heads, directors and coordinators to make use of these white papers as part of the important work to create, understand, articulate, position and sustain American Studies within the current landscape of higher education in the US and globally. The papers are designed to meet the needs of programs with undergraduate and graduate students alike and in the context of not only major courses of study but concentrations and minors as well.
Published on July 10, 2015 by John F Stephens.
In His Home” is a terrifying film, not merely for its powerful depiction of the near-fatal shooting of Kofi Adu-Brempong by University of Florida police officers, but for unveiling the routine character of racist, militarized violence. As Malini Schueller so deftly reveals, campus police—armed to the teeth—have become deputies in upholding the “New Jim Crow.”
Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
I have recently finished In His Own Home, a thirty minute documentary about police racism and campus militarization and hope you will consider using it for your classes. I was moved to make the documentary after the shooting of Kofi Adu-Brempong, a disabled Ghanaian graduate student who had mental illness issues, by the campus police’s SWAT-like team at the University of Florida in March 2010. The project came out of outrage by a small group of community members committed to seeing social justice happen on a local level. The film asks us to think about the role of race, mental illness, and the militarization of campus and city police forces in contemporary U.S. culture, made highly visible in 2014 and 2015 with police killings of unarmed black men and children in Missouri, New York, and Ohio and large scale grassroots protest. In His Own Home includes footage from the incident, local news coverage, transcripts of police records, interviews with community activists, as well as coverage of the student protests that led the University to drop fake charges against Adu-Brempong. The film has been made without a voice over so that viewers can draw their own conclusions.
In His Own Home is a useful educational tool in helping students understand questions of systemic racism, racial prejudice, the role of the police, militarization, and grassroots organizing in contemporary U.S. culture. The film is available for streaming at http://www.indiepixfilms.com. For more information about the film go to http://www.inhisownhome.com
Department of English
University of Florida
We may be able to help!
At this year’s American Studies Association annual meeting in Toronto, the Digital Humanities Caucus would like to help you get started on a digital project by offering one-hour consultations with experienced digital humanities practitioners. We’ll hold these consultations from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, in the conference hotel.
This year, the Fulbright Scholar Program is again offering over 60 awards in the field of American Studies. Exciting opportunities are available in many countries including but not limited to:
For further awards in the field of American Studies, American History and American Literature, please visit our updated Opportunities in American Studies webpage. There you will find award highlights and examples of successful projects in the discipline.
For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow this link: http://cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program. You may also wish to register for one of our webinars or join our online community, My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 3, 2015.
From Simon J. Bronner:
Shirley Wajda has compiled the two weeks of Caucus postings earlier this year. You can find them here:
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 Prefectural University of Kumamoto on Japan’s Kyushu Island from June 4-5, 2016 . 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.