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Election Results 2015

The voting in the ASA Election is now completed. The following members have been elected to three-year terms that shall last from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2018.

Reflections on the Annual Meeting, November 2014

The 2014 annual meeting in Los Angeles, “The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain in the Post-American Century,” was an attempt to come together around other terms, to place even the existing terms by which most of us organize ourselves and our work under the kind of pressure that would let us see how much or how little those terms are really ours. The pressure was experimental and was driven by a desire for pleasure, even in the face of the things that oppress and infuriate us, precisely because a general opening and cultivation of our capacity to please and to be pleased is what we want. We put pressure on these terms by using and, sometimes, abusing them, critically, but also with a sense of abandon and even, sometimes, with the intent to abandon them. Even unguarded usage of terms such as “we” and “ours” was encouraged if only so that they could be more brought more sharply and insistently into critical relief. If everything “we” hope for is, in some sense, grounded in an assumption of a shared generality the only way to protect that ground is by digging into it, investigating as furiously as possible the very foundations and possibility of “our” collectivity.  (continued)

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2014 Annette Kolodny Prize

Announcement of the prize competition for the best paper presented at the 2014 ASA.

The Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty 2015

The Women’s Committee calls for submissions to the seventh 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. Applicants must work in American studies or a related field and work as independent scholars and/or as faculty at community colleges or in a contingent capacity (i.e., as part-time or full-time non-ladder-rank or non-tenure-track instructors, adjuncts, or lecturers).  Graduate students are ineligible.  The winner will be announced at the Women’s Brunch during the annual meeting of the association to be held October 8-11, 2015, Toronto, Canada.

Nominations for the 2015 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award

The Minority Scholars’ Committee of the American Studies Association invites nominations for the 2015 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award. The prize was established in 2012, and will honor a scholar who, like Richard Yarborough, demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring. The winner will be announced at the Mentoring Breakfast of the Minority Scholars’ Committee during the annual meeting of the association to be held October 8-11, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.


EAS FORUM 6 is now live! It features discussion of “Screening American Studies” with ethnographic filmmakers of American culture William Ferris (University of North Carolina) and Sharon Sherman (University of Oregon). http://www.theasa.net/project_eas_online/page/project_eas_online_eas_EAS_Forum/

Announcing the New ASA Caucus on Critical Disability Studies (CCDS)

We are happy to announce that the Caucus on Critical Disability Studies (CCDS) within the ASA is now official! We are anticipating a strong presence at next year’s meeting, in caucus-sponsored sessions and our business meeting. In the interim, we would like to hear from you and keep you updated on our activities through our official website and through our listserv.

ASA 2015, Deadline extension for Visual Culture Caucus sponsorship