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Looking to provide Early-American Content for the 2010 A.S.A.

Hi, everyone.  Here’s really timely question I received yesterday, thereby prompting this Q+A moment for all 320+ of us within the A.S.A.‘s EARLY AMERICAN MATTERS Caucus:

Dear Dennis,
I hope this email finds you doing well!  I’m wrapping up the fall semester here at the University of [...], and I’m beginning to think about next year.  I just wanted to write to ask if you have a sense of what the Early American Matters Caucus might be doing for the 2010 ASA. I’m interested in submitting something, but I haven’t seen any CFPs.  Do you have a sense of what might be going on? [...]

All is going well—and fast, as grades go in, etc.  As for NEXT YEAR’S A.S.A., here’s the deal:

Let’s see HOW MANY FIRST-RATE PANEL PROPOSALS we can get to the 2010 Program Committee by their January 26 deadline! Toward that end, Peter Reed,  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) has generously offered to help MATCH UP colleagues who are considering proposing an early-American-flavored panel (or paper) with colleagues who are also considering proposing a paper!

Check with Peter, who’s the newest addition to our Caucus’s five-member ad hoc Working.Comm (along with Paul Erickson, Sally Promey, Karen Salt and moi).

Duncan Faherty and Emily Garcia have cooked up a tantalizing proposal for a KEYWORDS panel, and I’ll be posting one, soon, for a colloquy with the authors of three recent books that touch on gender and on practices of friendship.


In advance of the 2009 A.S.A., our Caucus agreed on this approach, and it turned out quite well: instead of deciding in advance which one topic we would designate as our Caucus’s proposal, we decided to encourage ourselves and our colleagues to turn in As Many First-Rate Proposals As We Could.  The idea was that once the Program Committee had announced which early-Americanist one(s) it had accepted, we would then pick one from among that list, and the idea worked!

This time around, details about the late-January deadline, broad theme (“Crisis, Chains, and Change: American Studies for the 21st Century”), etc. are here at theasa.net.

Looking forward,

By Dennis Moore, Wed, December 16, 2009 - 11:14 am

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