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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.

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

More From the Editors


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 in May-June 2017 in Japan. 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.

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

ASA Awards Regional Chapter Grants

ASA 2016 Regional Chapter Grants

The American Studies Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Regional Chapter Grants to develop programming, in the form of conferences or other projects, that engages both American Studies practitioners and others interested in the field within a specific region in an original and creative manner.

1. Hawai’i American Studies Association:  Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawai’i Workshops and Creative Project. (Amount $3,000)

The project will host two full-day writing workshops for contributors who include academics, activists, artists, and practitioners. It will then host a public forum following the second workshop session. The editors of Detours are committed to allowing the project to unfold as contributors bring their expertise and ideas to it. The book and related materials will address specifically the ways in which communities of practice are working against the harmful effects of the tourism industry, while simultaneously turning the infrastructure of tourism and the genre of tourism writing on its head.

2. New England American Studies Association: NEASA Professional Development Colloquium, Annual Conference, and Liaison Program (NLP).  (Amount $3,000)

The goal of the program is to increase participation in American Studies events and to create a mechanism that will allow NEASA to better represent its broad membership. The colloquium, to be held in fall 2016, will again focus on professionalization concerns for graduate students, faculty, and alternative academics.  The next NEASA conference will be held in spring 2017.  To support these efforts, NEASA will use the ASA funds to help supplement the costs of its upcoming annual programs and NLP, which seek to contribute to the local scholarly communities both inside and beyond the academy.

3. New York Metro American Studies Association: Everything You Wanted to Know About Academic Professionalization—But Were Too Busy Updating Your CV to Ask. (Amount $3,000)

The colloquium will address careers outside academia for PhDs in American Studies and related fields, as well as offer workshops on skills and competencies central to academic professionalization. It will invite editors of major journals in American Studies as well as the editorial staff of university presses to speak about the environment for scholarly publishing today. The colloquium will include a session on grant-writing.  It will also bring in speakers on careers outside of academia, as well as offering short “how-to” sessions on nuts-and-bolts skills like compiling a cv, writing fellowship applications, and composing conference proposals.

4. Southern American Studies Association: Migrations and Circulations (2017 Biennial Conference of the Southern American Studies Association). ($3,000)

The grant will fund two initiatives that align with the mission of the conference and of the SASA. First, support for transportation and subsidized registration will enhance opportunities for educators and students to attend “Migrations and Circulations” and deepen the diversity of perspectives on conference themes. Additionally, funding for a plenary and discussion that engages all attendees in sustained exploration of interdisciplinary work by a prominent scholar will generate conversations about the past and future of our discipline.  The conference expects 150-200 attendees, including from states outside the region and throughout the world.

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”: