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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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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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ASA 2015 Schedule

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!

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Sports Studies Caucus Lineup for ASA 2015

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

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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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