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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 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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ASA 2014: Sports Studies Caucus Lineup

The Sports Studies Caucus is pleased to announce that four affiliated panels have been selected for the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. They are listed below. The conference schedule remains TBA.

To Protest or Not to Protest: Athletic Resistance and/or the Pleasure of Fans
   David J. Leonard (chair), Sarah Jackson, Harry Edwards, Jennifer Doyle, Darnell Moore, Santiago Colás

Views on the Peanut Gallery: An Open Forum on What it Means to Study Sports Fans
   Dan Gilbert (chair), Amy Bass, John Bloom, Noah Cohan, Mack Lacy, Thabiti Lewis, Pellom McDaniels III, Dan Nathan, Samuel O. Regalado

Examining the Somatic Pleasure and Pain of Mixed Martial Arts Fighting
   Kyle Green (chair/comment), D. Travers Scott, Jennifer McClearen, Alexander Antonopoulos, Matthew A. Masucci

Our City, Our Stadium: The Cultural Politics Of Sports Landscapes In Los Angeles
   Frank Guridy, Priscilla Leiva, Leland Saito, Luis Alvarez (chair/comment)

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Postdoctoral Listing From Georgia Tech

“Postdoc in Sports Studies

The School of History, Technology, and Society (HTS) at the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks a postdoctoral fellow in sports studies beginning August 15, 2014. Candidates for this position should have completed their doctoral studies within five years of the time of employment.

HTS is a collective of sociologists and historians offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees.  HTS offers an interdisciplinary program, Sports, Society and Technology (SST) which brings together sports studies, science and technology, and urban studies and incorporates faculty from areas such as architecture, biomedicine, engineering, history, information design, international affairs, literature, physiology, psychology, sociology, and urban planning. Faculty are currently working on creating an undergraduate SST minor degree.

The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to this new program by teaching coursework including “Foundations of Sports Studies,” a course that introduces undergraduates to the interdisciplinary field of sports studies, along with one additional course to be negotiated.  The successful candidate will also contribute to the administration and promotion of the program. We will consider candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including but not limited to: sociology, history, media studies, international studies, cultural studies, sport studies and/or related fields. This is a one-year postdoctoral position, renewable for an additional year at the discretion of the HTS chair and contingent on available funding.

Applicants for this position should email all materials, including a cover letter, current CV, and contact information for three references to Professor Mary McDonald at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please include the words “Sports Studies Postdoc” in the subject line. We will begin screening applications on March 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and includes fringe benefits. 

Georgia Tech was recently voted one of the best places to work, and Atlanta is consistently ranked among the top ten places to live for young professionals. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with the Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986.”

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Sports Studies Caucus CFP: 2014 ASA Annual Meeting

The Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks panel proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, November 6-9, 2014.

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