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ASA 2017 Call for Topics

The theme for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, “Pedagogies of Dissent,” emphasizes the conjuncture of education, politics, and intellectual work that has long been and remains central to the vibrancy of American studies.

The American Studies Association invites members to advertise possible sessions for the 2017 annual meeting to be held November 9-12 in Chicago, Illinois.  Interested members are invited to examine these abstracts and contact the authors to construct session proposals for the 2017 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 2017 ASA Program Committee.  The Program Committee will not see your topic abstracts. 

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.  All persons submitting an abstract in response to the 2017 call for topics must be current ASA members (or an affiliated international American studies association) at the time of submission. 


WORKS IN PROGRESS 2017 Annual Meeting