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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 Toronto, Canada, October 8-11, 2015

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.

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The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics: A Thirty-Year Perspective

Sports Studies Caucus members and friends in LA for ASA 2014 are invited to LA84 Foundation Headquarters for “The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics: A Thirty-Year Perspective” on Saturday, November 8 at 7 p.m.

The event will feature panel remarks from:

Anita DeFrantz, LA84 Foundation President, IOC Member, and two-time U.S. Olympian (Complete Bio)

John Gleaves, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Cal State Fullerton (Complete Bio)

Greg Andranovich, Professor, Political Science, Cal State LA (Complete Bio)

Wayne Wilson, Vice President, Communications & Education, LA84 Foundation

The event begins with a reception at 7 p.m., followed by the panel and a discussion of LA84’s mission and work at 7:30.


LA84 Foundation Headquarters are located at 2141 W. Adams Blvd.

Those needing a ride to this event (as well as those offering one via carpool), are encouraged to gather in the Westin Bonaventure lobby by 6:20 p.m. The shuttle will depart at 6:30 p.m. sharp, as the drive to LA84 is expected to take 20 minutes. The shuttle will return to the Westin Bonaventure at 9 p.m.

For those driving, there will be free parking in the foundation’s parking lot on the northeast corner of Adams and Gramercy. Enter the grounds through the iron gate next to the parking lot. There are two buildings on the property - a three-story brick building and a newer one-story building. We will be in the newer building.

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UPDATED: Sports Studies Caucus Events at ASA 2014

The ASA Annual Meeting starts tomorrow in L.A.! Click through for an updated list of Sports Studies events of interest at the annual meeting. Please note that LA84 Foundation President, IOC Member, and two-time U.S. Olympian Anita DeFrantz will be speaking at Saturday night’s LA84 event. (Transportation details can be found in the listing below.) Wine, soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. We hope to see you there!

Also, whether you are in L.A. or not, follow all the goings on via the caucus twitter feed: https://twitter.com/sportstudiesASA

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Sports Studies Caucus ASA14-LA84 Event

The Sports Studies Caucus is thrilled to announce that our members in LA for ASA 2014 are invited to LA84 Foundation Headquarters for “The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics: A Thirty-Year Perspective” on Saturday, November 8 at 7 p.m. As of now, the program consists of panel remarks from Amy Bass of the College of New Rochelle, Matt Llewellyn of CSU Fullerton, Greg Andranovich of CSU Los Angeles, and Wayne Wilson, Vice President of Communications & Education at LA84 and the event’s organizer. The event will also feature a reception, with light food and beverages generously provided by LA84.

More details, including transportation, are still being finalized, but please do plan to attend if you will be in LA. The event promises to be both fascinating and fun. Many thanks to Wayne Wilson for all his hard work in organizing it!

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ASA 2014 Schedule

Enclosed please find a robust listing of events of interest to the Sports Studies Caucus for ASA 2014. This listing includes the four panels affiliated with our Caucus that were accepted by the ASA, as well as several others.

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