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Election Results 2016

Post date: March 2, 2016

The voting in the ASA Election is now completed. The following members have been elected to three-year terms that shall last from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019.

Kandice Chuh, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Miranda Joseph, University of Arizona
Laura Kang, University of California, Irvine
Eng-beng Lim, Dartmouth College
Michelle Stephens, Rutgers University
Shirley Thompson, University of Texas, Austin

Student Councilor
Rosie Uyola, Rutgers University

Nominating Committee
Mishuana Goeman, University of California, Los Angeles
Ernesto Javier Martínez, University of Oregon


Welcome to ASA Chicago

Post date: August 15, 2017

When we first generated the conference theme, “Pedagogies of Dissent,” in the spring of 2016, we could not have anticipated how timely and relevant it would be in capturing the variety of collective responses to the tumultuous political events that occurred in the fall of 2016. Given the deadline for submissions on February 1st, just two weeks into the transition to a new federal administration in the U.S. and amidst the quite visible public mobilizations worldwide, panel proposals and paper submissions reflected the collective outrage and anxieties of that moment. But more importantly, they reminded us of the razor-sharp insights...

Affect Theory and Race: Nineteenth-Century Writing and/or Visual Culture

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How can affect theory serve to reframe representations of race in nineteenth century writing and/or visual culture?  How can affect theory build on the insights of long-standing critical paradigms like sentimentalism but also mark points of departure from them?  What happens when race theory—nineteenth-century racial science—which prided itself on being dispassionate, meets what today we would call affect theory but which then appeared as varied affects and emotions that cropped up in court cases, slave narratives, novels, visual culture and/or predisciplinary and armchair ethnography and sociology on race?  To what extent do understudied feelings like resentment,...

Emergent Forms of Speculative Media

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Treating estrangement as a kind of epistemic method, the term speculative media denotes the intersection between speculative fiction’s ‘subjunctivity’— the rigor of SF’s “what if?”— and media theory’s tradition of investigating media technologies through their underlying paradigms of perception. The recent return to media specificity highlights the ways in which new technologies can be conceived of as bringing into being new forms of possibilities. Each media experiment, then, may be conceptualized as a kind of radical estrangement, speculating new worlds into being. Speculative media encompass new (or long-forgotten) ways of (re)mediating this world (or other worlds). They include...

Presenter Guidelines for Accessibility

Access Guidelines for Session Organizers and Panelists

The ASA is committed to making arrangements that allow all association members to participate in the conference. Therefore, we request that all session organizers and presenters review the information below and take the necessary steps to make their sessions accessible to attendees with permanent or temporary disabilities. Panel chairs and organizers should be especially aware of these guidelines in their sessions, and should integrate these guidelines into the panel-organizing process throughout the year leading up to the conference. These guidelines are designed to provide access for attendees with disabilities but will benefit all...

Next Steps in the Fight to #SavetheNEH

Post date: May 12, 2017

Two days before President Trump’s inauguration, we awoke to reports that the transition team was contemplating a proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). On March 16, after almost two months of near silence on the subject, the administration released a budget blueprint even more threatening to humanities programs than had been initially reported. The administration’s proposal not only recommends the elimination of the NEH and the NEA, but also the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Woodrow Wilson Center. Additionally, it calls for the...

Speculative Fiction as Literature of Emergence

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Speculative fiction is often loosely defined as an umbrella category that includes genres such as science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror, and magical realism—that is, as fiction that deploys non-mimetic or “fantastic” elements. This panel, however, will take up conceptions of speculative fiction that go beyond this generic distinction. That is, instead of defining speculative fiction primarily by the presence of non-mimetic elements, the panel will explore speculative fiction as any fiction that generates emergences—ontological, epistemological, and/or political—which are seemingly unimaginable in our existing society.

Can speculation be understood as a mode of thinking, being, operating, or relating to others? If...

Frank Facts, Frank Myths: Revisiting the Leo Frank Case in our White Nationalist Moment

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Given the ASA's location in Atlanta in 2018 and the resurgence of white nationalist theory and practice in our own moment, we want to invite submissions for a panel that will reconsider the Leo Frank case as as political theater, cultural catastrophe, social reorganization.  As a key moment of intersectional energy (when definitions of whiteness, Blackness, Southerness, class status, masculinity, and sexuality all came under great pressure) the Frank case offers an opportunity to think through the contingent realities of each of these categories and their mutually constitutive nature.  The two papers we have lined up so far are about...