Why Sports Studies?
Because sports have long held a prominent place in American culture.
Because American Studies scholars often come to sports-centered projects out of larger questions about identity, politics, history, and narrative.
Because sports, far from marginal, can profoundly impact Americans of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, classes, and ages.
Because sports-interested scholars of diverse methodological backgrounds can most productively engage each other’s work under the multidisciplinary auspices of American Studies.
For these reasons and many more, we have established the Sports Studies caucus—creating a legible place in the academy for scholars interested in critically considering the roles sports play in American culture. Possessing, as we do, a diversity in critical methodologies that is both inclusive and illuminating, the members of the Sports Studies caucus are dedicated to a consideration of sport that relates to issues of broader relevance: enriching and deepening connections between our work and the work of our not-so-sports-inclined colleagues.
Sports resonate widely in American society at large, and that resonance attracts the intellectual energies of scholars from across the academic spectrum. Rather than remain scattered, those energies deserve a designated forum in American Studies. That forum is the A.S.A.‘s Sports Studies caucus.
Won’t you join us? E-mail Noah Cohan at [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The Sports Studies caucus is thrilled to announce that six affiliated panels (including both of our “sponsored” submissions and one co-sponsored with the journal _American Studies_) have been selected for the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting in Denver! They are listed below. The conference schedule remains TBA.
An Empty Home Field: Reflections on Sports, Race, and the Geographies of Place in the Neo-Liberal City
Home on Campus?: Centering Sport in the University
Competition and Commodity: Situating Ourselves through Sports Narratives of the 21st Century
Built: At Home with the Athletic Body
Refusing to Defend this House: Athletic Insurrection at the University of Missouri and Beyond
Representing Race in Sports Documentary
The Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks panel proposals for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, November 17-20, 2016.
In particular, we seek proposals that address the 2016 Annual Meeting theme: “Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are.” We likewise encourage panel submissions that engage the Colorado/mountain/outdoor sportscape and its role in the sporting cultures of the Americas.
Below please find a schedule listing events of interest to the Sports Studies Caucus for ASA 2015. As you will see, most of the events take place on Friday in the Leaside Room. Hope to see you there!
The Sports Studies Caucus is thrilled to announce that four affiliated panels (including both of our “sponsored” submissions and one co-sponsored with the Critical Prison Studies caucus) have been selected for the 2015 ASA Annual Meeting in Toronto! They are listed below. The conference schedule remains TBA.
Between Misery and Resistance: The Connections between the Carceral State and Sporting Cultures - Noah Cohan (chair), Frank Guridy, Jack Norton, Theresa Runstedtler, Lucia Trimbur, David Stein (comment)
The (Re)production of Sexual Violence in Sports and the Ways of Resistance - Susan Birrell (roundtable chair & respondent), Maryam Aziz, Cathy van Ingen, Jay Johnson, Jennifer McClearen, Mary McDonald
Sports on Screen: Visual Economies of Representation in Film, Television, and Digital Media - John Gennari (chair), Aaron Baker, Rachael Joo, Samantha Sheppard, Travis Vogan
Troubling a Racial Slur: Researching and Resisting the use of R*dskins in Sport - C. Richard King (roundtable chair & respondent), James Fenelon, Jennifer Guiliano, Erica V. Lee, Ellen Staurowsky
The Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks panel proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, October 8-11, 2015.
In particular, we seek proposals that address the 2015 Annual Meeting theme: “The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance.” We likewise encourage panel submissions that engage the Canadian sportscape and its role in the sporting cultures of the Americas.