Popular Cultural and the American West

Depictions of the American West in popular culture (literature, film, new media) have tended, both subtly and overtly, to bolster extractive capitalism and the subjugation of women and indigenous populations. Therefore it is crucial to understand how popular cultural texts historically have ...

Current contributors: 
K. Allison Hammer, Associate Director of Women's and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University
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Against Method: Listen and Act before You Write

This session takes as its premise an all too common event among graduate students and professional ethnographers: whatever prospectus one wrote about methods becomes trash on arrival at a research location. The presenters have experienced this event with mixed feelings, those liberation (the...

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Hijacked Resistance

People never stop resisting unfair treatment imposed on them. Sometimes, they struggle single-handedly, while in many cases, their campaigns may be capitalized by a few demagogues with much broader and more ambitious goals that they do not necessarily endorse. In order to magnify their voice,...

Current contributors: 
Zhaokun Liu
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“Fighting as we Build?”: Race, Resistance, Psychoanalysis

This 2019 annual meeting theme, “build as we fight,” reminds us that revolutions necessarily entail a double investment, both in negating domination and exploitation and affirming alternative forms of life. The theme also leaves open the possibility that the relationship between what must be...

Current contributors: 
David K. Seitz, Harvey Mudd College
Travis Alexander, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Arab American Studies & Resistance

Arab American Studies is a significant site for analyzing and envisioning transnational and ecological connectivity, particularly given recent interdisciplinary scholarship that emphasizes intersections with fields such as trans-Indigenous, Palestine, queer, and Black studies. For example, Arab...

Current contributors: 
Danielle Haque and Nina Shoman-Dajani
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Risky Places: Geographies of Race and Risk

We seek interdisciplinary papers for a proposed panel at the 2019 American Studies Association conference investigating the overlapping geographies of race and risk. While scholars have primarily emphasized risk as a modality of liberal governance and a technology of rule, our approach considers...

Current contributors: 
Jamal Batts
Brittany Meché
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Islamophobia and Hate Crime Against Muslim-Americans

Islamophobia is a kind of xenophobia which stigmatizes Middle Eastern-Americans as “others’ against “us”. The important point about Islamophobia is that it is a social phobia and anxiety, not an individualistic one, which can be considered as a reaction toward Islamic identity. Although the...

Current contributors: 
Soheil Sabriseilabi
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