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ASA Annual Meeting Program Guide

General Information

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Purchase conference registration, tour, and special events tickets at the ASA Storefront, Even if paying by check, attendees must still register and purchase tickets from the ASA Storefront. After completing the online form and selecting the "pay by check" option, attendees should make checks payable to the American Studies Association and mail them to:

American Studies Association
1120 19th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036

Please note that this is not a correspondence address. Use it only to remit payments. Please do not send hotel registration forms or room payments to this address.


ASA member  $90.00
ASA member—household income $15,000 or less  $65.00
ASA student member  $40.00
Nonmembers  $115.00
Nonmembers—household income $15,000 or less  $90.00
Nonmember student  $65.00


The registration desk at the San Antonio Convention Center will be open the following hours:

Wednesday, November 17  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, November 18  7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, November 19  7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 20  7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 21  Closed

Session chairs and participants arriving on the day of their scheduled session must check in at the registration desk thirty (30) minutes prior to the session in order to receive registration materials.

Please note: registration fees are neither refundable nor transferable.

Forfeited registration and ticket 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 who will travel to the convention in order to appear on the Annual Meeting program.

Carbon Offsets

On the "Event Fees" portion of the registration form for the 2010 Annual Meeting, you will find a category marked "carbon offset." Like all other event fees, this category is optional. There is no obligation to participate. Rather, we have added the category as a useful service that the ASA can provide to our membership: the option to offset carbon emissions that may result from your travel to our annual meeting.

Those interested in purchasing carbon offsets for travel to the annual meeting will no doubt be curious as to what they are actually buying. The plan is to distribute our collective purchase of offsets between two organizations. Climate Trust ( supports wind, energy production efficiency, reforestation, and a range of other technologies. Native Energy ( focuses on wind power development on Northern Plains Indian reservations, and it is majority owned by the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy. Its current projects include wind power and methane remediation on dairy farms. Both of these organizations were highly ranked (among the top eight offset providers) in the most recent evaluation of offset offerings, particularly on the question of "additionality." For that report, see

The cost to purchase Carbon Offset (@ 1 ton) to cover average travel to San Antonio, Texas, is $15.00.


All conference registrants will receive the printed program at the conference registration desk


Badges must be presented for admission to all sessions, receptions, and the book exhibit. Badges are obtained through the payment of registration fees and should be picked up on-site at the conference registration desk.


Some special events require tickets. Early reservations are advised because tickets are available in limited quantities. For meal functions, no tickets will be sold after the cut-off dates noted. Tickets should be picked up on-site at the conference registration desk.


12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

International Partnership Luncheon

San Antonio Convention Center: Park View Pre-Function

We welcome all representatives of U.S. and non-U.S. American studies programs interested in exploring possible international partnerships as well as existing partnerships. No tickets will be sold online after 6 pm, November 14, 2010. No tickets will be sold on-site after 5:00 pm on November 17, 2010. Cost of tickets is $15 for ASA members and $10 for ASA international scholar members. This event is generously underwritten by a grant from the Fisher Foundation.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

American Studies Association Welcome Reception

San Antonio Convention Center: Park View Pre-Function

Join with fellow ASA members in a welcome reception at the San Antonio Convention Center. All members and guests are encouraged to attend.


10:00am – 11:00 am

Guided Tour at the Institute of Texan Cultures

Sponsored by the Visual Culture Caucus, this guided tour will take you through the history and cultural heritage of San Antonio and Texas. The Institute of Texan Cultures, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, is located on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, only a half-mile from the conference hotel—and a short walk from the Alamo, and River Walk. More information about the museum can be found here:

Cost is $4.00 per person. Meet at 10 am at the Institute of Texan Cultures (801 S. Bowie St.) OR meet at 9:50 am in the Grand Hyatt lobby, and we'll walk over together (it's a ten-minute walk). Since we need ten people for the group rate, Philip Nel, would be grateful if you would sign up with him at your earliest convenience, but no later than Friday, November 19th at 9 am.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ASA Awards Ceremony

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214AB

Priscilla Wald, Duke University, and president-elect, American Studies Association

Presentation of the 2010 Constance Rourke Prize for the best article in American Quarterly, the 2010 Wise-Susman Prize for the best student paper at the convention, the 2010 Yasuo Sakakibara Prize for the best paper presented by an international scholar at the meeting, the 2010 Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best dissertation in American studies, the 2010 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize, the 2010 John Hope Franklin Best Book Publication Prize, the 2010 Mary C. Turpie Prize for outstanding teaching, advising, and program development in American studies, and the 2010 Bode-Pearson Prize for outstanding contributions to American studies. Presentation of a collection of Emory ElliottŐs most important articles to the international American Studies community.

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

ASA Presidential Address: What Is to Be Done?

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214AB

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, City University of New York Graduate Center

The world is in political, economic, military, environmental, and ideological crisis. Recent scholarship and organizing strives to decenter the United States while remaining meticulously mindful of its forceful—although by no means decisive—role in globalization. The broad measure of U.S. unemployment, at this writing, is stuck at nearly 18 percent, while one in a hundred U.S. adults is locked in prison or jail. What are the relationships among structural adjustment, security enhancement, and "the antistate state"? What kinds of research and analysis might we develop across disciplines toward the goal of identifying and promoting multiple routes out of crisis?

9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

ASA President's Reception

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214CD


7:30 am –9:45 am

Mentoring Breakfast of the Minority Scholars' Committee

Grand Hyatt: Lone Star B

Sponsored by the Minority Scholars' Committee, this is a mentoring breakfast for minority graduate students and junior faculty. We invite all graduate students and faculty committed to this endeavor to attend. No tickets will be sold online after 6 pm, November 14, 2010. No tickets will be sold on-site after 5:00 pm on November 18, 2010. Cost is $20 for ASA members, $15 for ASA junior faculty members, and $10 for ASA student members.

8:00 am –9:45 am

ASA Committee on Programs and Centers. American Studies in a Moment of Fiscal Crisis: Exploring New Practices and Networking Breakfast for American Studies / Ethnic Studies Program Directors)

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214CB

This year's networking panel will explore how American studies centers and programs are responding to the budget crisis, in a variety of institutional settings. The panel will discuss the culture and politics of the budget crisis and its impact on the actual and discursive environments that constitute American studies, ethnic studies, and women's studies. No tickets will be sold online after 6 pm, November 14, 2010. No tickets will be sold on-site after 6:00 pm, November 19, 2010. Cost of tickets is $20.

Featured Sessions of the 2010 Program Committee


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presidential Plenary, "Crisis, Chains, and Change"

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214AB

The Presidential Plenary, "Crisis, Chains, and Change," will feature Vijay Prashad, M. Jacqui Alexander, Christopher Newfield, and Klee Benally. These colleagues—scholars and activists—will address the current moment in terms of the military, economic, political, environmental, and ideological crises that peoples, countries, regions, and institutions currently confront. What is the role of American studies in proposing meaningful questions that we can—and must—answer in a time of extremes?


A special session will focus on skill building. It will offer training in the exercise of "power mapping," a practical organizing tactic that can guide the direction of organizing efforts by mapping out various political actors according to their scope of influence and their positions on issues, in order to determine the best way to move forward.

8:00 am – 9:45 am

Power Mapping the Academic Crisis: Tools for Designing Strategies

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214B


Two special sessions on Haiti—a documentary and a panel of experts—will investigate the relationship of the recent earthquake to economic, political, social, and regional dramas that have combined to enforce persistent underdevelopment in the first postcolonial country whose revolution resulted in the abolition of slavery.

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Presidential Panel I. Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (a film and discussion)

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 205

Told through compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face. Each woman's personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti. Poto Mitan offers an understanding of Haiti through a focus on women's subjugation and their collective activism. Poto Mitan was directed by Renée Bergen and Mark Schuller and is narrated by the writer Edwidge Danticat.

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Presidential Panel II. Haiti's "Unthinkable" Earthquake and the Nightmare of History

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 205

Mark Schuller, Avery Gordon, Myriam J. A. Chancy, Valerie Kaussen, Patrick Sylvain

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Arizona's SB 1070 and the Future of Immigration

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 206B

This roundtable discussion will place Arizona's immigration law within the broader contexts of Arizona history and recent national immigration debates. It brings together academics, lawyers, organizers, and politicians—some of whom have struggled for immigrants' rights for more than forty years—to share their diverse perspectives on how we got here, and how we can pursue social justice and human rights together. Some of the topics discussed will include Arizona's long history of targeting Latinos during moments of financial and political crisis; Arizona's prison, detention, and deportation programs; and the legal implications of SB 1070 for immigrants not only in Arizona, but across the United States.

Geraldo Lujan Cadava, Northwestern University, Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Yale University, Alan Eladio Gómez, Arizona State University, Sarahí Uribe, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Isabel Garcia, Pima County Legal Defender and Director of the Coalición de Derechos Humano, Raul Grijalva, Congressman for Arizona's 7th District, and Sylvia Herrera, Puente Arizona

K–16 Collaboration Committee Day

This year's annual meeting will explore the creating opportunities of K–16 collaboration—the partnership of K–12 teachers with college and university teacher-scholars—that are offered within the ever-renewing field of American studies. K–16 collaboration is an education initiative that has been growing dramatically over the past ten years, expanding into broadening areas of public humanistic practice in museums, libraries, theaters, and other community centers. Both K–12 and college/university teachers are invited to participate in these sessions.


8:00 am – 9:45 am

K-16 Collaboration Committee Teachers Welcome Breakfast

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214D

10:00 am – 11:45 am

ASA K–16 Collaboration Committee I. "Of Teachable Moments and Specters of Race": Forum on Kevin Gaines's 2009 ASA Keynote Address

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214D

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

ASA K–16 Collaboration Committee II. Race Matters: Teaching Race and Representation in the K–16 Classroom (cosponsored by the Visual Culture Caucus)

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214D

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

ASA K–16 Collaboration Committee III. Dolores Hayden's The Power of Place and the Present-Day Power of the Studio for Southern California History

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214D

ASA Students' Committee

Student Hospitality Breakfasts and Students' Committee Forums

The ASA Students' Committee is pleased to announce the eighth year of the popular Hospitality Lounge Forums. These forums will take place on Friday and provide an opportunity for students to meet with outstanding scholars who champion the integration of junior scholars into American studies. In addition, a buffet breakfast will be available on Friday and Saturday at the San Antonio Convention Center to students gratis courtesy of the association. All events are first come, first admitted.

For generous support of the annual meeting and especially for assistance in making possible the student travel grants program and the student hospitality breakfast forums, special thanks are extended to

the following institutions

Boston College, American Studies Program
George Washington University, Department of American Studies,
Northwestern University, Program in American Studies
Rutgers University, Department of American Studies
Stanford University, American Studies Program
University of Iowa, Department of American Studies
University of Michigan, Program In American Culture
Washington University In St. Louis, American Culture Studies Program

and the following individuals

Katherine Adams
Lisa Beringer
M. A. Coleman
Angela Dillard
William Gleason
Elizabeth H .Hawley
Glenn Hendler
Roshanak Kheshti
Catherine L Preston
Jane E. Schultz
Micol Seigel
Susan Smulyan
Barbara Tischler
Priscilla Wald
Rafia Zafar


8:00 am – 9:45 am

Student Hospitality Breakfast and Demystifying Publishing: A Discussion with Writers and Editors

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214D

10:00 am – 11:45 am

Student Hospitality Breakfast and Mock Job Interview Workshop

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214D

CANCELLED 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

What Are My Options? Alternatives to Tenure Track Positions in a Difficult Market

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214D

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Spotlight on Student ASA Regional Award Winners (cosponsored by the ASA Regional Chapters' Committee)

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214D

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Sharing the Wealth: Lessons on Preparing, Writing, and Applying for Fellowships to Fund Your Graduate Education

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 214D


8:00 am –10:30 am

Student Hospitality Breakfast

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 201

International Committee Sessions

The International Initiative and ASA International Committee are pleased to offer the Talkshop feature pioneered several years ago and successfully carried out during the last four ASA annual meetings. Each Talkshop event begins with a very brief frame-setting presentation by international panelists, each of whom will then facilitate parallel discussions among participants gathered at small roundtables. Toward the end of the session, each group will report briefly on the discussion and present comments on each table's dialogue by the facilitator or a selected reporter.

All three Talkshop events have been scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2010.

10:00 am – 11:45 am

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, or Does It Require a Thousand Words? Visual Approaches to Teaching American Studies Outside the United States

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 202B

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Reading "The Dying Animal"/"Elegy" in a Multinational Classroom

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 202B

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Internationalizing American Studies through the New Technologies

San Antonio Convention Center: Room 202B

Book Exhibit

The Convention book exhibit will be held within the San Antonio Convention Center: Ballroom B Admission will be by registration badge only. Hours of the book exhibit are:

Friday, November 19, 2010 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 20, 2010 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday, November 21, 2010 8:30 am to 11:00 am

ASA Celebration of Authors

The American Studies Association invites members who have published books in the field of American studies between November 2009 and October 2010, as well as their publishers, to "A Celebration of ASA Authors."

This tribute to scholarly publishing will be held in the exhibit area of the San Antonio Convention Center: Ballroom B on Friday, November 19, beginning at 4 pm. The ASA will sponsor a modest reception for the event.

Childcare Information

Please contact the convention services director at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio for referrals. Check the hotel's website online or call 1-888-421-1442 for information.

Disabled Persons

The Grand Hyatt San Antonio complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, its regulations, and guidelines. So that the hotel can better assist persons with special needs, individuals should indicate their specific needs when making a reservation. In addition, they should make their reservations as early as possible, and no later than November 5, 2010. For additional assistance, please contact either the hotel or the ASA Office of the Executive Director at

Convention Headquarters and Hotel Information

The 2010 Convention Headquarters are the San Antonio Convention Center (SACC) and the Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel. Most sessions and events are scheduled at the SACC.

All reservation requests will require a credit card guarantee or one night's deposit. If you are sending a check, please send your first night's room deposit to the lockbox address below:

Grand Hyatt San Antonio
PO Box 202360
Dallas, TX 75063

Each check should include the guest's name, dates of reservation, American Studies Association, and the acknowledgment number you get from Passkey when your reservation is made.

To make your hotel reservation, please visit the following link, or call 1-888-421-1442.


Room single/double occupancy $178.00
Room triple occupancy $188.00
Room quad occupancy $198.00
Complimentary internet (value of $9.99 per day)


Room single/double occupancy $133.50
Room triple occupancy $143.50
Room quad occupancy $153.50
Complimentary internet (value of $9.99 per day)

This rate, for students only, is available November 14–23. There are limited rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. The hotel front desk will require you to show student identification upon check-in. If you cannot provide student identification upon check-in, the student discount rate will not be honored; no exceptions will be made.

To make your hotel reservation if you are a student, please visit the following link and select student rate from the drop-down menu. Or simply call 1-888-421-1442 and ask for the ASA student rate.

Please make your reservation PRIOR to October 26, 2010. After October 26, all sleeping rooms will be sold on a space available basis and will NOT be subject to the group or student discount. Please mention you are attending the ASA annual meeting to receive the discounted room rate. A small portion of the room rate is to be used to offset the costs of the meeting. Availability of rooms at the group or student rate after the cut-off date is subject to availability. If the group or student room block fills up before the October 26 cut-off, you may be closed out of the conference headquarters hotel at the group or student rate. All rates are subject to taxes equaling 16.75%.

Be sure to obtain a confirmation number from the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Bring your confirmation number with you to the hotel in case you are asked for it at the front desk upon check-in. Persons without reservation confirmation numbers may not be able to get a room at the host hotel.

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Arrival by Air

Shuttle transportation to and from San Antonio International Airport and downtown (8 miles) is provided for a fee by SATRANS, the city's official airport shuttle, between 7 am and 1 am daily. For more information, call 210-281-9900, or visit

Make a reservation at ENTRY=GRANDHYATT&LOGON=GO

Hotel Address

Grand Hyatt San Antonio
600 E. Market Street
San Antonio, Texas, USA 78205
Tel: +1-210-224-1234 Fax: +1-210-271-8019

Arrival by Automobile

Coming from the Airport or Johnson City (Highway 281 North)

Take Highway 281, which will turn into I-37 South
Exit 141 A Commerce Street
Keep right at the fork
Turn left on Bowie Street

Coming from Austin and Dallas (I-35)

Follow I-35 South to I-37 South
Exit 141 A Commerce Street
Keep right at the fork
Turn left on Bowie Street

Coming from Houston (I-10)

Follow I-10 West to I-37 North
Exit 141 Commerce Street exit
Turn left onto Commerce Street
Turn left on Bowie Street

Coming from El Paso, San Angelo, and Kerrville (I-10 East)

Take I-10 East to I-35 North
Take exit I-37 South
Exit 141 A Commerce Street
Keep right at the fork
Turn left on Bowie Street

Please feel free to contact the Hyatt Guest Service Department at 210-224-1234 with any questions.

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. These guidelines are designed to provide access for attendees with disabilities but will benefit all convention participants.

Room Setup

Papers, Handouts, and Audiovisuals

Communication/Presentation Style

ASL Interpretation

The ASA will provide ASL interpretation for panels with hearing-impaired presenters.

The ASA will also provide sign interpreting services to registered members in attendance as follows:

In order to make the necessary arrangements, hearing-impaired members who will need sign-interpreting service at the ASA annual meeting must notify the Office of the Executive Director (OED) and register for the meeting at least one month in advance of the meeting (October 18, 2010). After reviewing the program, but not later than one month in advance of the meeting (October 18, 2010), members who have made such requests should inform the OED of the sessions they plan to attend. The OED will then, with the assistance of the Site Resource Committee and the Registry of Interpreters, secure the services of appropriate interpreters. The ASA will assume the cost for up to nine hours of interpreting service or a maximum of $400 per member, whichever is less.

ASA Guidelines for Interviewing

The ASA discourages interview activities in hotel bedrooms. The ASA strongly advises that a parlor suite rather than a sleeping room be used and that a third person always be present in the room with the candidate. Interviewers using such facilities bear sole responsibility for establishing an appropriate, professional atmosphere and should take special care to ensure that all interviews are conducted courteously and in a proper manner.

ASA Guidelines for Recording Presentations

The papers and commentaries presented during this meeting are intended solely for the hearing of those present and should not be tape-recorded, copied, or otherwise reproduced without the consent of the authors. Recording, copying, or reproducing a paper/presentation without the consent of the author(s) may be a violation of common law copyright and may result in legal difficulties for the person recording, copying, or reproducing.

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