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FROM THE EDITORS

Annual Meetings

“The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century, November 6-9, 2014: Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles, CA

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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 October 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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WHAT'S NEW IN THE COMMUNITY

Survivor Objects Symposium

November 14 to 15 2014
University of Delaware
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Survivor Objects considers the meanings of material objects that have been tempered by trauma. By bearing historical witness, such objects can come to hold a privileged place in cultural memory and, as a result, play a powerful role for present-day communities. The symposium features faculty, graduate students, curators, and conservation specialists from across the country.


Networking Breakfast for Program and Center Directors

Please join us for the ASA Committee on Departments, Programs, and Centers annual networking breakfast for American Studies department chairs and program directors at this year’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. The breakfast will be held on Friday morning, November 7, from 7:30 to 8:30 am in the Los Feliz Room, located on the main level of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. For reservations, click here


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!


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.


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)