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that pernicious legislation coming out of Mississippi

The officers and Board of the Southern regional chapter of the American Studies Association, SASA, join our colleagues, friends, and fellow activists in condemning the pernicious legislation enacted in Mississippi that allows religion to be used to discriminate against the LGBT community and deny access to the basic rights that many Americans enjoy.

Mississippi’s House Bill 1523, “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” guarantees that the state government will not punish people for refusing, because of their religious beliefs, to provide services to members of the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, this law is not atypical. Many states currently are debating similar bills. Despite several landmark actions on the federal level, 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 these 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 impact the LGBTQ community.

Finally, we commend all individuals who have already taken a stand against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, especially those who live and work in Mississippi and are directly affected by the legislation. We call on our fellow American Studies colleagues to engage in public discussions as we grapple with discrimination in all forms. Mississippi’s LGBTQ communities and their supporters need to be assured that they are not alone.

Hear hear!—.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

By Dennis Moore, Thu, April 28, 2016 - 11:51 am
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SASA officers and Board denounce pernicious N.C. law, HB2

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.

By Dennis Moore, Sat, April 09, 2016 - 5:50 am
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updated CFP, SASA’s next Bienniale: mid-Mar’017 @Chapel Hill

This interdisciplinary American Studies conference will explore interactive flows of ideas, discourses, bodies, and objects across cultures, populations, periods, and geographies. These movements span a gamut of involvement: some promoting generative transculturation and entrepreneurial innovation with others enforcing established powers in ways that produce exclusion and violence. Our collective inquiries will challenge the sufficiency of local, tribal, regional, and national frames by presenting new research in American Studies that charts dynamic interconnections and exchanges. We welcome critical and creative transgressions that refigure traditional scopes and -scapes in intersectional, comparative, transnational, and global ambits in ways that dramatize how every location embodies each of these registers.

Each individual paper requires a title, 500-word paper proposal, two-page CV, and request for technology. Complete panel submissions should include a title, 250-word panel abstract, 500-word paper proposals, two-page CVs, and requests for technology. Please send all proposals as either an MS Word document or PDF to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). DEADLINE for submitting all proposals is Friday, September 30, 2016.

In the interest of involving as many people in our conference as possible, each conference attendee may be listed in the conference program as a participant in a maximum of two sessions. While we welcome a range of formats, we ask that panels be designed so that they fit within a 75-minute time frame with at least 15 minutes dedicated to discussion. As always, we especially encourage graduate students to attend and present research.

On that note!, the Critoph Prize recognizes an award for the best graduate student paper presented at each SASA conference. It includes a certificate and a check for $250, as well as recognition at the next biennial gathering. DEADLINE for graduate students to submit the papers they are presenting at the 2017 conference as a PDF attachment to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is noon on March 16, 2017.

By Dennis Moore, Thu, March 24, 2016 - 9:12 am
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HEADS UP: SASA’ll be in Chapel Hill, mid-March ‘017!, and mean-

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:

http://southernamericanstudiesassociation.org/2017-conference/

Looking forward!—Dennis Moore, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

By Dennis Moore, Mon, February 08, 2016 - 5:13 pm
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CRITOPH PRIZE results for ‘015!

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

By Dennis Moore, Fri, July 03, 2015 - 9:30 am
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election results, the A.S.A.‘s southern-regional chapter

Krystyn Moon, SASA’s president, and Dennis Moore, who chaired the nominating committee leading up to our big Bienniale in Atlanta, are happy to announce the results of SASA’s first election under our newly revised Constitution. During the 90 days following our February 2015 conference, members responded to the ballot that circulated via google.docs, like so:

President:
KRYSTYN MOON (U. of Mary Washington), who had succeeded Christine Skwiot last summer and will now serve a full 2-year term

Vice President:
MOLLY McGEHEE (Oxford College of Emory U.), who has been chairing the Critoph Prize since our Charleston conference in ‘013

Board members:
LYNNE ADRIAN (U. of Alabama), who is returning as Secretary-Treasurer; she’s a former president and a returning Board member
ALISHA GAINES (Florida State U.), also a returning member
MICHAEL INNIS-JIMINEZ (U. of Alabama), a New member!
NGHANA LEWIS (Tulabe U), also a New member!
JOHN WHARTON LOWE (U. of Georgia), also a former president and a returning Board member
TIMOTHY MARR (UNC-Chapel Hill), also a New member!
DENNIS MOORE (Florida State U.), also a former president and a returning Board member
SCOTT PEEPLES (College of Charleston), also a returning Board member

Moving right along!

By Dennis Moore, Fri, May 29, 2015 - 7:42 am
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tick tock!, as in SUBMIT NOW : )

Gentle reminder to our friends far and wide:  deadline for submitting proposals to be part of SASA’s next big biennial conference—next February 19-22 in midtown Atlanta—is around the corner, as in Friday, September 12!  Our website, http://www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org, has info about our focus, ‘RECONSTRUCTION—1865—1965—2015,’ plus plenty of ideas for topics. Here, in the spirit of lagniappe, is another: Sister Rosetta Tharp would’ve turned 100 next March(!), R.I.P., so get those thinking caps on and get those proposals on their way!  Looking forward, Dennis Moore, recovering SASA prez, on behalf of our current president, Professor Krystyn Moon

By Dennis Moore, Wed, August 27, 2014 - 4:39 pm
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check out our CFP for our Feb ‘015 biennial, at the Atlanta Westin Hotel

Good morning. Krystyn Moon, who manages SASA’s website (and who’ll be our next prez!), has posted the Call For Participants for SASA’s next biennial conference—next February 19-22 at the Atlanta Westin Hotel—at http://www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org.  As you’ll see, deadline for proposing a paper or a panel is September 14.

Rebecca Hill of Kennesaw State University, who’s organizing the conference, heartily encourages presentations, workshops, roundtables, and performance pieces that address the theme of Reconstruction, broadly conceived—and, as ever, SASA welcomes proposals on other topics that reflect the richness of American Studies.

As ever, we also welcome participation by graduate students and remind everyone that details about our Critoph Prize are at our website, along with links to our recent biennial conferences.  There’s also our Facebook site, so Like us—and mark your calendars now to be part of another exciting conference next February in warm Atlanta!  Looking forward, Dennis Moore

By Dennis Moore, Mon, March 17, 2014 - 7:50 am
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February 19-22 ‘015: SASA’ll be back in Atlanta

The Atlanta Westin Hotel will be the venue for the next biennial conference staged by A.S.A.‘s southern-regional chapter, next February 19 - 22:  “Reconstruction: 2015 - 1965 - 1865.”  Host Rebecca Hill of Kennesaw State University is encouraging presentations, workshops, roundtables, and performance pieces that address the theme of Reconstruction, broadly conceived, and as ever SASA also welcomes proposals on other topics that reflect the richness of American Studies.  We’ll list sample topics and the early-September 2014 deadline for proposals at our website, http://www.southernamericanstudiesassociation.org, which also has links to info about our recent biennial conferences and about the Critoph Prize, an award for the best graduate student paper presented at each biennial SASA conference. Don’t forget our Facebook page, where we hope you’ll Like us.—Dennis Moore, recovering SASA president

By Dennis Moore, Wed, March 12, 2014 - 11:04 am
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