The Southern American Studies Association is the largest, and one of the most respected regional chapters of the American Studies Association (U.S.A.). SASA, with a mailing list of over 700 and an active membership of 500, presents new developments and findings in American Studies scholarship, identified and defines areas of debate about the nature of American culture and its study, and conducts cultural and historical programs on the South and its communities. American Studies specifies an interdisciplinary investigation of American culture in order to better understand the institutional patterns, beliefs, and values of America’s pluralistic society.
Here’s text that SASA’s president, Krystyn Moon, has posted at our Fb page, “SASA: Southern American Studies Association”:
The officers and Board of SASA, the Southern regional chapter of the American Studies Association, join our colleagues, friends, and fellow activists in condemning the pernicious legislation recently enacted in North Carolina that unjustly denies members of the LGBTQ community access to the basic rights that many Americans enjoy.
North Carolina’s House Bill 2, “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act,” openly sanctions discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation by the state. Unfortunately, this law is not atypical. Despite several landmarks actions on the federal level in recent years, there is a long history of discrimination against the LGBTQ community that persists today.
We support the promotion and extension of equal rights and urge members to actively protest such discriminatory laws. SASA hopes to use our expertise and resources to create venues for constructive conversation and engagement and to collaborate with other individuals and organizations with similar goals. We also hope that such actions will lead to the end of hate-motivated violence and other forms of discrimination that negatively impacts the LGBTQ community.
Finally, we commend all individuals who have already taken a stand against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. We call on our fellow American Studies colleagues to engage in public discussions as we grapple with discrimination in all forms. North Carolina’s LGBTQ communities and their supporters need to be assured that they are not alone.
CALL FOR PAPERS: “MIGRATION AND CIRCULATION”
Deadline for submitting all proposals is Friday, September 30, 2016, and details abound at http://www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org!
while, here on behalf of our president, Krystyn Moon, and our Board member who’s at the heart of preparations for our next Bienniale, Tim Marr, is a link to our CFP:
SASA’s president, Krystyn Moon (University of Mary Washington), has this update about our chapter’s prize honoring the best paper by a graduate student at each biennial conference:
Joseph Thompson is SASA’s 2015 recipient of the Critoph Prize for his paper “Nat ‘King’ Cole’s Civil War: How the Intimate Sounds of Pop Music Ignited Alabama’s Racial Tensions in the 1950s.” Joey is a doctoral student in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History and holds a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Honorable Mention goes to Katie Schank (doctoral candidate at George Washington University, Department of American Studies) for her paper “From Infamous to Famous: (Re)Constructing Atlanta’ Public Housing Through Rap and Hip Hop.”
A debt of gratitude also goes to SASA’s Critoph Committee members: Molly McGehee (Oxford College of Emory University) has done a wonderful job chairing the committee and has recently been elected Vice President—so her committee colleague Betsy Schlabach (Earlham College) is helping maintain the Critoph tradition by serving as Chair in 2017. Meanwhile, we also thank tow former SASA presidents, John Lowe (University of Georgia) and Dennis Moore (Florida State University) for serving on the commttee again this year.
—Dennis Moore o/b/o the A.S.A.‘s southern-regional chapter