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Nominations for 2014 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for the best-published book in American Studies due
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The theme of the 2014 annual meeting is The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century.
The American Studies Association invites members to advertise possible sessions for the 2014 annual meeting to be held November 6-9: at the Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles, CA. Interested members are invited to examine these abstracts and contact the authors to construct session proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting.
These proposed abstracts are an excellent way for both established scholars working in new fields and graduate students seeking panel members to find and network with interested colleagues.
Proposed topics should include a tentative session title, 200-word description, and proposer’s contact information. Indicate your due date for receiving an abstract or paper. A staff member will review your submission for missing information prior to posting.
After the suggested topics have been published, individuals can send abstracts or papers to the session organizer who will then be responsible for accepting papers, finding a chair and commentator, and submitting the session for consideration to the Program Committee. In the recent past, the odds of acceptance of a pre-packaged session have been much higher than for acceptance of individual papers, which not only need to pass the test of excellence but also must fit with other individual papers to form a panel with internal coherence.
Pre-proposal networking circumvents this problem.
The session abstracts are posted on the ASA website as a service to the association’s members who are developing panel proposals for the annual meeting. But this does not imply endorsement of the proposals by the 2014 ASA Program Committee. In fact, the Program Committee will not have seen the abstracts prior to their publication.
If you do plan to post a topic abstract please be aware of your responsibility to inform each person who may submit an abstract or paper directly to you, in a timely and collegial manner, whether or not you intend to include his or her abstract in your proposal. This is important because each person is allowed to make and/or be listed as a participant on only one submission.
Submit your topic abstract (“work in progress”) using our topics submission form Please limit your topic abstract to a maximum of 200 words.
Submit your final proposal using our proposal submission form. The ASA submission site will open on December 1, 2013 and should be used only for the submission of final proposal. The final deadline for actual session proposals will be January 26, 2014.
All proposal submitters must be current ASA members (or an affiliated international American studies association) at the time of submission. Each panel submission should also include a second current ASA member (in addition the panel organizer) at the time of submission. All other panelists, including chairs and commentators, must become current individual members of the ASA (or an affiliated international American studies association). All participants must buy *both* a membership and a registration in order to be properly registered for the conference.
Fandom and the Public Sphere: Textuality, Affect, and Social Relevance
The political impact of texts is often theorized within either of two paradigms: their reception in the Habermasian public sphere or the practices of fandom they trigger. This panel aims to dialog these approaches. Habermas’s notion of the public—conceptualized as a sphere of rational exchange foundational for modern democracy—has facilitated much critical thinking about the political work of texts and cultural practices. While Habermas conceives of affect as impeding the rational operations he sees at the heart of the public sphere, fandoms are typically understood as spheres of communal cultural practices and exchange organized around pleasure and play, whose political valency is circumscribed by their connections to commercial ‘mass culture.’ How can a dialogue between the disparate conceptions of public and fandom help unlock the complex dialectics of pleasure and politics in contemporary literature and culture? How can it help conceive of the modes of political appeal, mobilization, or opinion formation inscribed in texts and/or picked up by their audiences? We welcome case studies of contemporary texts in any genre, mode, and medium, as well as of their circulation in the US and beyond, that address these or related questions.
Please submit your abstract by 6 January to email@example.com.