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Sports Studies Caucus

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 [ncohan@wustl.edu]

For more information, please visit our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/135180959965247/) and Twitter pages (https://twitter.com/sportstudiesASA).

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CFP: ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, November 9-12, 2017

The Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks panel proposals for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, November 9-12, 2017.

In particular, we seek proposals that address the 2017 Annual Meeting theme: “Pedagogies of Dissent.” Per the ASA website: “‘Pedagogies of Dissent’ emphasizes the conjuncture of education, politics, and intellectual work that has long been and remains central to the vibrancy of American studies.” The Sports Studies Caucus likewise encourages panel submissions that engage the Chicago sportscape and its role in the sporting cultures of the Americas.

We also urge interested parties to consider non-traditional panel formats and the creation of interlocking or related panel sessions. For more information on panel formatting, visit http://www.theasa.net/submit_a_proposal and scroll down to the header marked “Proposal Types.”

Have a panel idea? Visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/135180959965247/) to seek like-minded presenters, or contact Noah Cohan at [ncohan@wustl.edu]. Panel proposals submitted by Jan. 17 will be considered for caucus sponsorship by a vote of our members. To be considered, please e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with a list of panelists and an abstract of 300 words.

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The Role of Sports Studies and an ASA Lineup Reminder

We firmly believe that sports studies scholarship and pedagogy have important roles to play in these difficult times. If you are in Denver this week for ASA, we hope you’ll join us at our affiliated panels (schedule below) and in informal discourse as we discuss how we might teach, serve, and protect students and athletes as we join them in raising our voices against injustices large and small.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016

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 Deloria, 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

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

4:00 to 5:45pm, HYATT REGENCY AT COLORADO CONVENTION CTR, Level 4, Capitol 3
Muhammad Ali: An American and Beyond
Panelists: Kevin Gaines, Dave Zirin, Theresa Runstedtler, Moustafa Bayoumi
https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/theasa/theasa16/index.php?selected_session_id=1168817&cmd=Online+Program+View+Session&PHPSESSID=kiikhgmie1al1lqju8g67l4vk0

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2016

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

4:00 to 5:45pm, DENVER CONVENTION CTR, Agate A
Business Meeting: Sports Studies Caucus - http://tinyurl.com/gqd47gh

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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.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2016

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

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Sports Studies Caucus Lineup for ASA 2016

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

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Sports Studies CFP: ASA in Denver, 11/17-20/2016

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.

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