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November 6-9, 2014 Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles, CA
The 2014 ASA Program Committee invites current individual members of the ASA (or an affiliated international American studies association) to submit proposals for individual papers, entire sessions, presentations, performances, films, roundtables, workshops, conversations, or alternative formats described below on any topic dealing with American cultures.
All submitters will need to create a new All Academic user account. If you had a user account for the 2014 All Academic submission site, you must nevertheless create a new account for the 2014 submission site. This is intentional.
Submitters: note that the user name and password you currently use to enter any other ASA site will not work with the All Academic site until you have also created your 2014 submitter profile and registered the same user name and password.
All panelists, including chairs and commentators, must be current individual members of the ASA (or an affiliated international American studies association) in order to participate.
All participants are expected to pay their conference registration fees early by June 1, 2014. All participants must buy *both* a membership and a registration in order to be properly registered for the conference.
Membership includes subscriptions to American Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of American Studies Online, and the ASA Newsletter (quarterly publication). Membership also includes discounts on conference registration and hotel. Membership is available for a calendar year only. Duration of membership is January 1 to December 31.
The submission site will open on December 1, 2013. Follow the submission instructions precisely and start the application process early. Emailed, faxed, scanned, or posted proposals will NOT be accepted. It is not possible to extend the submission deadline or accept late submissions for any reason. The submission site will automatically shut down at 11:59 PM (Pacific) on February 2, 2014.
The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century
We need to get serious about fun, pleasure and happiness. On the way to global financial meltdown, the collapse of the housing market, the rise of the neoliberal university, the end of social justice and the solidification of racial capital, we stopped attending to our experiences of, and capacity for, joy, bliss, ecstasy. Meanwhile the owners of the administered world did all they could to monopolize (and therefore deaden) those experiences and to privatize (and therefore attenuate) that capacity. Recent ASA conferences have rightly focused on the formative historical contexts for the neoliberal present -- Empire and Debt. This year we will augment that focus by considering the structures of feeling and the practices and discursive grammars that generate alternate ways of living against austerity and immiseration. Fun is a category of thinking and doing that serves as a counterweight to institutional logics that devalue academic labor and scholarly production. To feature fun as a concept, one that is intrinsically organizing and disorganizing, we call attention to the melee, the necessary turbulence of collaborative undertakings, the joys of thinking that place us beside ourselves and one another.
We are interested in showcasing work that tracks various flows of feeling good, furiously good. What are the modes of feeling that resist capital's brutalities, but that also fantasize, describe and believe in living otherwise? How have recent and historical uprisings been fueled by exuberant and morphing forms of connectedness as well as by misery and organized politics? What forms of convivial refuge, and experiences of playful recess, are created in times of crisis and recession? Where are the spaces of common assembly and undomesticated intimacy unsanctioned by the established institutions of capital's rule? What aesthetic forms and performative energies express popular social creativity and rebellion, historically and in the present? Fun can serve both as an aim and an object, a practice and a goal. And while institutionalization as a mode of structural adjustment is most generally described as regulative reduction (a kind of impoverishment, a sequestering of wealth and resources), we can still smuggle resources out of the institution and find less regulated spaces of play. To oppose institutionalization with play, however, is not to confirm the seriousness of these processes of regulation and, by contrast, the ludic quality of resistance. Play can easily be incorporated into business ethics and structures; maverick modes of oppositionality are often deadly serious. The critical power of "fun" in this unconventional convention theme seeks nothing less than the reimagining of possibility, impossibility, probability and freedom.
We expect to draw on the work of American Studies scholars on public feelings, political affect, and notions of "the good life" that shape alternative worlds in the shadow of capital -- worlds of the marginalized, the criminalized, the disabled, the indigenous, the queer and transgender, the impoverished. We are also interested in scholarship on aesthetic forms, expressive culture, everyday practices of enjoyment and the performance of politics in and for these and other alternative worlds. Furthermore, what should be the place of pleasure in our political commitments to rethinking work, labor, economy, households, collectivities, histories and futures? Why does even academic labor require the alibi of pain and misery to order to legitimate itself? Can we think of fun as both an important political practice and a utopian horizon? Can we imagine a radical pedagogy that seeks to infuse learning with pleasure while providing a critical history of fun, leisure and excitement that does not stand in opposition to the necessary, the urgent, the relevant and the complex?
To live and die in LA: What forms of pleasure and furious passion does Los Angeles itself stand for? From Disneyland to Downtown, from Koreatown to Little Tokyo, from Boyle Heights to the Valley, Los Angeles offers multiple sites of fun and revelry: many are hidden away in non-descript mini malls, others advertise their wares in loud neon colors and gaudy neo-classical architecture. We welcome papers and presentations that address LA as a site of culture, politics, migration, environmental activism, off the grid communities, food culture, street culture, animal cultures, pleasure and pain.
Obviously Hollywood represents one hyper-commodified form of fun and Los Angeles itself has served in the past as a site for the projections of dreams of the "good life," of escape, sun and sea. But in what ways have those dreams produced and indeed demanded racial and economic stratification and segregation? What has been the fate of the multiple histories of the future that have, Blade Runner style, congregated in Los Angeles? What happens when fantasies of different futures meet and clash? As a city perched upon the Pacific Rim and situated in close proximity to the US/Mexico border, Los Angeles is a destination for fugitives from the aftermath of NAFTA and the wars in Asia, and it is a place where cultures clash, where many immigrant cultures with many different relations to pleasure and pain live side by side. And as some immigrants, many undocumented, work hard to create spaces of conviviality for others, we may well ask hard questions about global divisions of labor, leisure and longing.
Histories of struggle: What histories of struggle leave their traces in the west and how might these histories be addressed in a conference on pleasure, fun and feeling good? How have fun and fury been combined or opposed in modes of rebelling and living otherwise?
The university beyond crisis: This year's conference will also highlight the practice of study in and beyond the university. What are the ways we find to sidestep, augment, disrupt the forms of discipline and reward as well as punishment that organize the academic production of knowledge? Within the setting of the university we are nourished by the uninstitutionalized forms of contact and play in the realms of the social, informal, intellectual and cultural contexts where we encounter each other. We form adjacent sites of knowledge creation -- blogs and reading groups, the dinner after the lecture -- that produce collaborations across lines of discipline and job status within and outside the academic setting. We intend specifically to address the form of the conference, in order to break down the lines between the professional, social (hotel bars) and cultural sites (offsite events) where we interact, and encourage the development of innovative formats for conference presentations.
So how do we have fun at the ASA conference, or let fun leak from the various recesses (the off-site parties, the hotel bars) into the panels as both object and method? The ossified form of the conference panel, with three unevenly related papers read aloud in sequence, a pro forma or perfunctory comment and a usually desultory and brief Q&A, needs some creative attention. We encourage experiments with the aesthetic form and performative nature of the presentation, with an emphasis on the live spoken word setting and the possibility of more extended engagements than are possible when simply reading aloud the publication ready paper. One paper and three responses perhaps? A presentation in a ball gown with piano accompaniment, commenters arrayed like backup singers, interacting during the course of the lecture? A new book encounter with video presentation and live reviewers? An affectively rich presentation in the spirit of punk rock? What, indeed, would a punk conference presentation look like? Or a classical, jazz/scat or operatic paper? Though conventional panels are welcome, we aim to inject new energy into the conference formats and engage both presenters and audiences in new ways to invigorate, stimulate, provoke, agitate, generate buzz and disorganize settled conventions, all on behalf of thinking well and feeling good.
We encourage you to consult Getting on the ASA Meeting Program: A Practical Guide before you submit a proposal.
Please carefully read the proposal submission requirements and guidelines below before proceeding to use the online submission site. Follow the submission instructions precisely and start the application process early. The help menu on each page of the submission site should answer your site related questions.
There are a number of ways that our membership could help both themselves and the program committee when using the on-line system. First, ASA guidelines clearly state that a member may appear only once on the program. When members do not heed this advice, they create more work for the program committee as well as jeopardize both of the panels for which they have committed themselves. Second, we encourage members who have agreed to participate in a panel or have submitted a paper not to then double register as commentator and chair. Third, ASA guidelines state that sessions should reflect institutional and disciplinary diversity. One of the benefits of attending a national conference is to interact with scholars from institutions and fields other than our own. So, when proposals arrived with presenters from only one institution or field they are less attractive to a program committee regardless of content. Fourth, you may submit only one proposal. Finally, it is important to remember that the competition for these slots is extremely competitive.
Proposals on any topic dealing with American Studies may be submitted for traditional paper sessions. Proposals may be submitted for sessions with alterative formats including sessions with papers and sessions without papers (see below). Proposals may also be submitted for individual papers.
Proposals for sessions with papers, including traditional paper sessions, as well as those in talk, online, or exhibit formats, should indicate in a one-page description the session subject/s and the proposed format. Such proposals should also include all relevant information requested below in the submission guidelines and instructions and must include abstracts for each individual presenter.
Proposals for sessions without papers, such as workshops, dialogues, and performances, should indicate in a one-page description the session subject/s and the proposed format. Such proposals should also include all relevant information requested below, though they need not include individual presenter abstracts.
Proposed presentations should represent work in progress, rather than published work. Presentations should offer unique, original work not presented elsewhere.
Standing Committee, Caucus, Taskforce, and Program Committee members are authorized and encouraged to submit session proposals. Proposals from organizations affiliated with the ASA are also welcome.
All Standing Committee, Caucus, Taskforce, Affiliated Society, and Program Committee member proposals must adhere to the same conditions, deadlines and restrictions as other session proposals, and are subject to review by the Program Committee.
The Program Committee supports innovative formats that disrupt the conventional "three people reading papers" format.
The Program Committee believes that we cannot think about new, powerful connections between the academy and the world if we use only conventional academic forms. The Committee is proposing, therefore, several formats different from conventional paper-reading sessions. The Committee urges you to consider them if they seem appropriate and useful.
In order to broaden the modes of presentation and discussion in the Annual Meeting program, we invite proposals in two broad categories of non-traditional formats:
A. Sessions with Papers.
Although these resemble conventional sessions in having a chair, presentation of papers to an audience, and commentary, papers in these sessions will not be read aloud, allowing more time for informed, informal, and engaged discussion. These sessions require an abstract.
"Talk" format. Presenters will write papers, as usual, and distribute them to the chair, commentator, and other panelists by the deadline. But in the session they will "talk" their paper from notes, speaking directly to the audience rather than reading line-by-line.
On-line format. Presenters will post their papers on the Internet one month before the meeting. These sessions will be prominently marked in the program as intended primarily for an audience that has read the papers in advance and followed whatever on-line discussion they may have generated. The session will be devoted to formal commentary and group discussion. The panel will set up the web site on their own server, post the online papers, and provide the forum for discussion of them. The ASA will publicize the on line sessions and install the links from the on line program to the panel's web site and discussion blog.
Exhibit format. Presenters will post their materials on a large bulletin board that can accommodate text pages in large type, graphics, primary source extracts, etc. Video and audio clips can also be used. These sessions will feature three or four such presentations grouped around a common theme. The first half of the session gives the audience time to read and discuss each exhibit with the presenters. The second half encourages group discussion, facilitated by a chair and commentators.
B. Sessions without Papers.
In past meetings, the ASA has already sponsored many kinds of alternative sessions: roundtables, conversations, performances, multi-media presentations, readings of creative work, workshops involving audience participation, and presentations linked to the community outside the hotel (community centers, museums, secondary schools, prisons, etc.). These formats will experiment with creative forms of expression, performance and dialogue that represent a significant departure to conventional presentations of papers. These sessions require an abstract.
Performative format. Presenters will perform their work. This could include the range of artistic performing arts (dance, music, drama, spoken word, performance art) to multi-media presentations (video, film, audio, digital media) and readings of creative fiction and non-fiction.
Dialogue format (Roundtables).Presenters will engage in dialogues with each other and the audience. Possible formats could include roundtables of academics; forums with scholars, community activists, mass or alternative media-makers and public officials; conversations between performing and/or visual artists, curators, and educators about aesthetic and expressive innovations or the challenges of developing public cultures in diverse communities. This format might be particularly well suited to creating linkages with the communities outside the hotel (community centers, performing arts centers, museums, secondary schools, prisons, libraries, and other public sites).
Workshop format. Presenters will create venues to verbally and physically interact with the audience. Educators, artists, and curators, for example, could lead these workshops to emphasize the interactive challenges and possibilities of interdisciplinarity and American Studies.
We are excited about the possibilities for Los Angeles, CA, 2014. We hope you will join us in making this a stimulating, conversational, and useful conference for the American Studies Association and its members.
All individual paper submitters must be current members of the ASA (or an affiliated international American studies association) in order to propose an individual paper.
All presenters must also buy a registration if their proposal is accepted in order to be properly registered for the conference. Only fully registered participants will be listed in the annual meeting program.
All individual paper submitters will need the following:
Those submitting individual paper proposals will receive a confirmation e-mail that the paper has been submitted. The Program Committee will organize as many individual papers as possible into sessions. Individual paper submitters will each have to create a brand new user account at the convention submission site, even if he or she submitted last year, and the submitter can edit his or her personal information, paper titles, and abstracts. Proposals may be edited after submission only until February 2, 2014, but personal information may be updated at any time.
All session submitters must be current members of the ASA (or an affiliated international American studies association) in order to propose a session. Each panel submission should also include a second current ASA (or affiliated international American studies association) member in addition to the panel organizer at the time of submission All other panelists, including chairs and commentators, must be current individual members of the ASA (or an affiliated international American studies association) by April 1, 2014 in order to participate if their proposal is accepted.
All participants must buy *both* a membership and a registration in order to be properly registered for the conference. Only fully registered participants will be listed in the annual meeting program.The session submitter will need the following:
Standing Committee, Caucus, Task Force, Program Committee, and Affiliated Society proposals should state the organizational sponsor's name at the beginning of the session title.
AN INDIVIDUAL MAY NOT SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE SPONSORED PROPOSAL.
Session submitters: You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon submission. You will find copies of all emails in the message center of your All Academic user account. You will serve as the primary contact with panelists and the ASA. You are responsible for editing paper titles, abstracts, and biographical statements. The proposal may be accessed only through your account. You may edit the session proposal until February 2, 2014. You will automatically create an All Academic user account for each panelist . You are also responsible for ensuring your panelists join the ASA (or are members of an affiliated international American studies association) and register for the annual meeting.
Panelists: You will find copies of all emails in the message center of your All Academic user account. You may not access the proposal through your All Academic user account. You may only update your account profile, affiliation, and contact information. You must join the ASA (or be a member of an affiliated international American studies association) and register for the annual meeting.
A major headache at all Annual Meetings is papers that go on for too long, wearying the audience and disrupting the schedule. Session organizers should make sure that their session begins on time, and that participants do not abuse the time limits. All sessions are 105 minutes in length. This includes the reading of papers, responses by the commentators and comments from the audience. When an audience has sat through a typical session of three papers and one response by a commentator, they quite rightly feel cheated and frustrated if no time is left for audience participation. The following chart can be used by the session chair as a guide to allocating time during the session, assuming that one takes five minutes for introductions.
|Session Length||Number of Papers or Presentations||Time Allowed per Paper or Presentation||Time Allowed for a Single Commentator||Time Allowed for Audience Comments|
|105 minutes||3||20 (2000 words)||20||20|
|105 minutes||4||16 (1600 words)||16||20|
|105 minutes||5||13 (1300 words)||15||20|
The association expects that people agreeing to appear on the ASA program should recognize their professional responsibility to support the organization with their dues as well as conference registration fees.
On occasion, non-academic participants may with written permission of the Executive Director, be exempted from the membership requirement. Applications for exemption shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Director of ASA by April 1, 2014. These non-members, however, must register early for the annual meeting by June 1, 2014 at the non-member rate.
The Program Committee advises each participant of his or her professional and ethical obligation to appear, and also to locate suitable replacements in the event of an unavoidable withdrawal.
Participant Early Registration Fee:
ASA Member or International Affiliate $125.00
ASA Member or International Affiliate-Income under $15,000 $90.00
ASA Member-Student/K-12 Educator $65.00
Non-Member-Income under $15,000/year $125.00
Non-Member-Student/K-12 Educator $90.00
After June 1, the registration fee will increase by $25.00 ($10 for the Income under $15,000/Student/K-12 categories)
Participants must arrange their own travel and accommodation. Participants are responsible for obtaining the funding they need to attend the Annual Meeting. The ASA cannot underwrite travel funds, honoraria, per diem, or other subsidies for any chair, commentator, or panelist; breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, or receptions for any group; or professional or individual audio or video recording of any sessions or events.
Membership and registration fees are neither refundable nor transferable.
Forfeited registration fees will automatically transfer to the Baxter Travel Grant Fund. The Baxter Grants provide partial travel reimbursement to advanced graduate students who are members of the ASA and will travel to the convention in order to appear on the Annual Meeting program.
The ASA will supply all session rooms with a Digital Equipment Package. Included: LCD/multimedia data projector, with speakers, laptop (MS Powerpoint, CD, & DVD capable, PC but MAC compatible), screen, wireless internet, and on site technical support.
If you want additional digital equipment, you will have to rent it at your own expense. If you want to use analog equipment such as an Overhead Projector, Slide Projectors, or TV/VCR/DVD's, you will have to bring your own equipment or rent it at your own expense.
We do NOT offer Skype to accommodate individual panelists who do not attend the meeting in person. Skype is a very unsatisfactory medium for video-conferencing with a group. The picture quality when blown up to a necessary size for a group is very poor, and the speaker at the remote location will not be able to identify questioners.
The Program Committee will organize sessions from individual paper proposals and, on occasion, will combine individual papers with proposed full sessions. If your paper or panel is not accepted, the Committee may call upon you to play an alternative role at the meeting as a chair or commentator. To facilitate the Committee's work, please indicate on the online submission form whether you are willing to act as chair or commentator on another session. The Committee also invites self-nominations from ASA members to serve as chairs and commentators exclusively on sessions constructed from individual submissions.
After the February 2, 2014, deadline for submission of proposals, the Program Committee will meet to review the proposals and select the sessions to be held at the upcoming Annual Meeting. The Committee will approve proposals on the basis of their quality in relation to the others submitted. The Committee will also: attempt to include sessions on a wide variety of subjects and approaches, including scholarly, pedagogical, and professional subjects; consciously support the inclusion of panels focused on topics of concern to different minority groups; strive to balance its selections between topics of continuing interest and new topics to which little or no attention has been paid; look for sessions in which scholars in different fields engage one another on a common topic; and try to span different time periods and subject matters in sessions constructed from individual papers. There will be room for specialized sessions on particular subjects.
To avoid favoritism, the Committee will take care not to overload the sessions with faculty and graduate students from institutions represented by members of the Committee. This does not disallow members of the Committee from presenting papers. The Committee will make every effort to assure diverse representation through the inclusion of minorities, women, graduate students, and international colleagues, and will seek to reflect the regional and disciplinary diversity of the Association's membership.
The session chair will coordinate contact among the session participants to ensure maximum integration of presentations. Participants should send the session chair a brief biographical statement to be used in introductions.
Almost all sessions and events will take place at the Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles. Sessions will be scheduled from 8 am on Thursday, November 6, 2014, until 5 pm on Sunday, November 9, 2014.
Participants should be available for scheduling at any time during the entire meeting. It is not possible to guarantee any session or panelist a day or time on the program. Submitters may not request a session slot on the program.
Scheduling will not be completed until June 15, 2014. We suggest that you do not purchase airline tickets or male travel plans before the schedule is finalized.
If a session has a commentator, that session's participants must send copies of their completed papers to him or her by October 15, 2014.
Sessions may post links to graphics, primary source extracts, video and audio clips, illustrations, posters, or other materials in the on line program. If notified by October 15, 2014. with the URL's and link descriptions, the ASA will install the links from the on line program to those on line materials, the panel's web site, and its discussion blog, if any. It is not possible for presenters to "upload" those materials directly to the on line program.
The ASA reminds participants of their professional and ethical obligation to appear in person at their session at the annual meeting. No-shows are conspicuous in their absence. They inconvenience the chair and fellow presenters, as well as those attending their session. The American Studies Association defines a no-show as someone on the program who is not physically present at her/his session at the annual meeting and who (1) has not notified ASA in advance that s/he cannot attend the meeting by October 15, 2014, and/or (2) has not submitted a presentation to be read by the chair or another person at the meeting by October 15, 2014. No-shows will not be considered for the following year's program. If you notify ASA in advance and submit a presentation to be made by someone else at their session, you will not be penalized. You are responsible for finding your own alternative presenter.