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This is a snapshot of the program as it existed on September 13, 2011. The most up-to-date version of the program can be found online at theasa.net.


7:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Breakfast for American Studies Program and Center Directors and ASA Committee on American Studies Programs and Centers Workshop: Global Collaborations in American Studies: Learning from Practitioners

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Business Meeting of the National Council

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

ASA International Committee Talkshop I: The Internationalization of Latino/a Studies

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Barbaric Imaginations: Remapping Neoliberalisms through Transnational Literature and Culture

Reparative Justice and the Failures of Government

Violent Transformations: Imagining the Gendered Body

Markets, Networks, Power

Imagining Symbolic Landscapes in Times of Transformation

Sexuality and Transnationalism: Transforming Silences

Imagining "Preposterous Encounters" between Postcolonial Studies and American Studies

Subcultural Crossings: Intersectionality and the Politics of Cultural Identity

The U.S. Military: Social Effects in Global Contexts

Views from the Diaspora: Visual Culture and Troubled Returns

Cross-Cultural Encounters In and Of Place

Genocide: Questioning Reparative and Transformative Roles of Religion

The Hard Sell: Media and Advertising Reconsidered

Recovering Indigenous Manuscripts, Transforming American Studies: A Kiowa War Book from Fort Marion

Who Wants Kids, Anyway? Intergenerational Desire and the Transformation of American Culture

Appalachian Studies: Cultural, Economic, Environmental, and Literary Perspectives

Not Even a Bench by the Road: Black Absence, Amnesia, and the Aesthetics of Racial Reparations

Business Meeting of the American Studies Editorial Board

International Partnership Luncheon

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Gender, Sexuality and Settler Colonialism

Humanity at the Margins

Disciplinary (Re)form

Transatlantic Transformations

Utahn Transformations: Religion, Race, Industry, and Ecology

Imagining Mexicanness, Imagining Mexican Women

ASA International Committee Talkshop II: Teaching Native American and First Nations Literatures in International Classrooms

The Roots/Routes of Dispossession: Imagining and Transforming Nature

We Create Our Own Reality: The War on Terror and Visual Narrative Representation

The Tutelary Project of American Empire in the Philippines

Queer Geographies and the Transformation of Place in the Southwest

How to Do Things with Affect

Transformation across Diasporas: Re-centering the International Left in the Global Racial Imaginary

Towards a Sensual Politics: Nation, Race, and Sense Perception

Innovating the Religious Imagination: Religion and Technology since 1800

Sex, Race, and Nation: Transforming Radicalism in the Twentieth Century

Black Psychoanalysis in the 1950s

African American Soundscapes and Sound Theory

Business Meeting of the Minority Scholars Committee

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Business Meeting of the Committee on Regional Chapters

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM


Early American Matters Caucus: Early American Methodologies

Folk, Pop, and Indie Rock: Race and Ethnicity in American Music

Science and Romantic Travel in America's Hemispheric Empire

Necro-Americas: Borders, Biopolitics, and Civic Subjectivities since 9/11

ASA International Committee Talkshop III: Teaching the American "Other" in Diverse Cultural Contexts

Voicing a Riff: The Village Voice Music Section and Its Critical Legacy

Security Practices: War, Torture and Surveillance in the Global Circuits of U.S. Exceptionalism

Solidarity, Shock, and Sentiment: The United States and Latin America in the 1980s

The Politics of Pedagogy

Three Documentaries: Emergent Discursive Strategies from a Conservative Activist American Religious Movement

Transgender Resistance: Space and Mobility in the Politics of War

The Nuyorican Movement, Aesthetics, and Feminism

Commemoration and the Politics of the Past

Diaspora Agriculture: Land, Empire and Reparation in Antebellumn African-American Culture

Imagining and Transforming the Black Atlantic: Emancipations and Empires in the Americas and Africa

Motherhood in the Mind's Eye: Remapping Scapes of Imagined Motherhood

4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Business Meeting of the Nominating Committee

6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

ASA Presidential Panel: Arrested Development: Race and Urban Space in Baltimore and Detroit

8:00 PM – 9:45 PM

Welcome Reception


7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Minority Scholars' Committee Mentoring Breakfast

7:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Breakfast Meeting of the International Journal Editors

ASA Students' Committee Forum I: Mock Job Interview Workshop

8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Imagining Kinship and Strangerhood in the Long Nineteenth Century

The First Amendment and Fallen Heroes: The Unpleasant Case of Snyder v. Phelps

Skeptics and Salesmen: Reimagining Religion's Role in the Fight for Racial Equality

Reenvisioning Militarism: A Roundtable Conversation on Transforming Visual Cultures of War

Afro-Latinidades and American Studies: Reimagining the Boundaries of Our Geopolitics of Knowledge

Encountering the Nation: Performances of Belonging, Community, and Transformation

Institutionalizing Gender: Movements of Feminisms

New Media and the Transformation of the Social

Critical Prison Studies Teaches against the Prison Industrial Complex: Strategies and Tools across Disciplines

Reimagining Femme Subjectivity: A Roundtable Dialogue on Queer Political Currencies

At the Intersections of Queer and Indigenous Studies: Contextualizing the Work of Janice Gould

The Radical Imagination: Comparative Social Movements, 1970s to Present

Dirty Looks: Black Visuality and Vulgar Vernacular Cultures

Transforming Liberalism: African American Fiction of the Postwar Period

Labor, Corporations, and the State

Mixing Our Work with the Earth: Transforming Our Environments to Transform Our Lives

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Business Meeting of the 2012 Program Committee

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Fighting for Environmental Justice: Stories and Lessons from the Field

Race, Religion, and Empire

Media Transformation in Early America

Performative Black Christianity and the Logics of Religious Representation

Transforming Nations: Reflections on Constitutional Reform in Indian Country

Caucus on Academic and Community Activism I: The Present/Absent of Palestine: American Studies, Academic Freedom, and the Last Taboo

ASA Students' and Graduate Education Committees: Roundtable Discussion on Graduate Student Labor

ASA Minority Scholars' Committee: What We Wish We Had Known: A Tenure-Track Survival Guide

ASA Committee on American Studies Programs and Centers: Invigorating, Transforming and Sustaining Undergraduate American Studies

Environment and Culture Caucus: Imagining (and Transforming) the Future of Environmental Studies: A Roundtable

Techplomacy: New Media and International Relations

Critical Prison Studies Reenvisions Carceral Space: Critical Perspectives on Incarceration and Location

Affective Histories, Critical Transformations: A Roundtable Discussion

Childhood and Citizenship

Imagining Health and Disease, Transforming Racial Subjectivities

Visual Cultural Studies

ASA Committee on Ethnic Studies I: Sounding Race

Reimagining and Transforming Bodies at the Borders: Gender, Sexuality, and Immigration

Transformative Mediations? Ethnic and Queer Studies and the Politics of the Digital

Business Meeting of the Politics and Policy Caucus

Business Meeting of the Early American Matters Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Guided Tour at the American Visionary Art Museum

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tour of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Film Series 1: "Baltimore as Muse"

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM

The Roots and Routes of Black Feminist Criticism

Ghetto Biennale: Street Sculpture, Urban Environmentalism, and New Ecologies of Haitian Art

Radical Prison Studies beyond ASA: Special Roundtable Session with U.S. Political Prisoner Eddie Conway and (Baltimore Area) Students, College Debaters, and Activists

Mapping Biomedicalization: "Health," Identities, and Power in the Contemporary United States

Queer Transnational Intimacies and Imaginaries

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP): Religious Reading, Imagined Communities, and Social Transformation

Caucus on Academic and Community Activism II: Palestine/Israel in the Age of Obama

ASA Students' Committee Forum II: Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Research, Publishing and Professionalization

Musical Migrations, Political Transformations: Reassembling Caribbean Musics in the Post-War United States

Religion and American Culture Caucus: Travel and Transformation: Global Perspectives on American Religious Cultures

ASA Graduate Education Committee: Changes and Challenges in American Studies Graduate Curriculum

Transforming Scholarly Research in the Digital Age (Sponsored by the Digital Humanities Caucus)

War and the Intimate: Deployments of Gender in the U.S. Military

Social Transformation and Imagining Home

Reinventing Beginnings: A Reading of Foundational Latino/a Narratives in the Twenty-first Century

Activism and Activists in the Sixties and Beyond

Visual Culture Caucus: From Decay to Deterioration: Questioning the Aesthetics of Abandonment

Art, Politics, and Identity in Early America

Reimagining the Work of Weddings: Wedding Planning, Gay Weddings, and Monstrous Brides

Aberration and Incarceration

Business Meeting of the American Studies Programs and Centers Committee

Business Meeting of the Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Rethinking Neo-Slave Narratives

Fighting Blight: Racial and Sexual Minority Reaction to the Rhetoric of Urban Decay

Information Session on Fulbright Scholar Program

Imposing Science, Rethinking Health

Religious Remedies, Purifying Panaceas, and Saving Suds: Transforming American Bodies

Reimagining Iran: Transformations in Transnational Activism

Settler Colonialism and the Politics of Decolonization: Theory, Strategy, Solidarity

Black Children and the "Tender Years": Race and Age in Law, Literature, and Photography

ASA Committee on Ethnic Studies II: The Geographies of Latinidad

ASA Presidential Panel: Transforming Higher Education for the Digital Age

War and/on the Environment: Critical Directions in American Studies

Roundtable: Teaching the Introduction to American Studies

The Musical Imaginary: Race, Class, and Authenticity

Hot Sex on a Platter: Erotic Revolutionaries and Punanny Politics in Black Popular Culture


Biopolitics and Posthumanism

Imagining Class in America and in American Studies

Business Meeting of the Students' Committee

Business Meeting of the Encyclopedia of American Studies Editorial Board

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Business Meeting of the Material Culture Caucus

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Imagining Latinidad and Citizenship in Popular Cultures

Black Panels, White Gutters: Race, Resistance, and Representation in American Comics and Sequential Art

American Studies and the University in Question

Getting the Nation Right with God: American Politics in the Conservative Christian Imagination

Race, Gender, And Violence

Re-Visioning Democracy: Challenging Dictatorship in the Middle East and Beyond, A Roundtable

Indigeneity, Violence and the State

Transforming the Framework, Re-Imagining Black Masculinities

Urban Afterlives

Science and Technology Caucus: The Labor of Digital Production: Race, Identity, and the New Social Networks

Children and Media

Reading the Politics of the Sport Spectacle

Slurry, Sludge, and Sandstorms: Imagining Nature and Nationalism in the Transition to Industrial Modernity

Before and Behind the Lens: Ethnicity, Power and Memory in Early Twentieth-Century Photography

Does Queer Studies Neglect the Nation?: Pinkwashing and the Limits of the Queer Transnational Imagination

Early American Matters Caucus: Early American Biopolitics

Bases, Barracks, and Battleships: Militarized Spaces, Tourist Practices

ASA Committee on Ethnic Studies III: The Question of Reparations for Slavery, Internment and Native Land

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Business Meeting of the Visual Culture Caucus

5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Reception of the New York University American Studies Program

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Reception of the University of Maryland Department of American Studies

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

ASA Awards Ceremony

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

ASA Presidential Address: Cells, Stories and Social Justice

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

ASA President's Reception

10:30 PM – 11:55 PM

ASA President's Address/Reception After Party


7:45 AM – 9:45 AM

ASA Students' Committee Forum III: Innovative Research, Transformative Methods: A Discussion with Student ASA Regional Award Winners

8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Women's Breakfast

Business Meeting of the Science and Technology Caucus

Regulation, Citizenship, and Communication Technologies

Queer Publicity: Gay Club Ephemera and Fantasies of the Social Body

American Studies in the Public Square: Recent Forays into the Public Humanities

The Labors of Leisure: Critical Perspectives on Work and Sport

What Is the Price of Freedom?: A Critical Exploration of Militarist Narratives at the National Museum of American History

Automation or Imagination? Aesthetics and Politics in the History of Electrical Communication

American Quarterly Theme Session I: Sound in American Studies

The Global Creation of American Citizens: Migrations and Mobilities

Sounds of Response in the Age of Communicative Capitalism

K–16 Collaboration Committee: Welcome Breakfast and Panel Discussion

Imagining True Crime: An American Genre

Critical Prison Studies, Abolitionist Epistemology, and Anti-Disciplinary Scholarship

From Southeast Asia to the Caribbean: New Geographies of American Studies

Feeling "Right" in the Twenty-First Century: The Conservative Affective Imagination

What the Public Body Hides: Displaced Narratives, Recurring Damages

The Meaning of War in the Colonial American Context

Transnational Literary Radicalism

Reimagining the Cold War

Transforming Reparation: Restaging U.S. Empire through Redress, Reconciliation, and Memory

Silicon Valley: Knowledge, Economy, Geography

Robot Skin: The Consumption of Race through Technoscience

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Contemporary Art and Politics

Race and Reproduction

The Architectural Conditions for Belief: The Built Environment of Contemporary American Religion

Musical Lives and Imaginaries in B'More and the Chocolate City

Race and Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Discourse

Digital Humanities Caucus: Lightening Shorts: A Reconfigured Conference Session for the Digital Humanities

American Quarterly Theme Session II: Reconstructing Higher Education: Now What Do We Do?

Behind The Wire

ASA Students' Committee Forum IV: Looking Outside the Bubble: Collaborative and Full-time Opportunities for American Studies Scholars outside of Academe

A Forum on Frederick Douglass: Issues, Legacies

K–16 Collaboration Committee: College Unbound: Undergraduate Learning, Campus Community Collaboration, and Full Participation

Humor Studies Caucus: Humor as Reparation and Representation

Critical Prison Studies of Attica: The Political Imagination and Radical Social Transformation

Imagination, Reparation, Transformation: The Life and Work of Baltimore's Viva House, 1968–2011

Catalytic Traditions and Transitions: Re-Imagining Our Investigation and Teaching of Histories of Activism, Migration, and Settlement

What Constitutes "The Political"?

Science, Industry, and Environment

The Arts of African American Faith: Social Transformation and the Black Religious Imagination

AIDS in America: Memory, Performance, Politics

Cranky Demeanors and Reparative Relations: Imagining a Politics of Responsibility and Accountability for Queer Studies

What Is the Place of Food Studies in American Studies?: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion

Business Meeting of the Religion and American Culture Caucus

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Tour of Baltimore: Art, History, Politics, and, of course, The Wire

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Film Series 2: "Baltimore as Muse"

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Black Women and Girls in Baltimore: Ethnography and Intervention

Visual Culture Caucus: The Illustrated Press and the Transit of Images in Twentieth-Century America

Negotiating the Human-Animal Boundary

Imagining Depth

Disrupting the Imperialist Imaginary: Discourses of Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Wars of Empire Building

Queer Viral Aesthetics: Control and Resistance

American Quarterly Theme Session III: Visuality and Race

Prisons and Palestine

ASA Students' Committee Forum V: Trajectories in American Studies: Futures, Limits, and New Directions

Challenging Narratives of Decline in the Postwar City

Food Matters: The World Food Crisis and the Struggle for Security and Sustainability

K–16 Collaboration Committee: Next Generation Engagement Research and Pathways in Higher Education

Keyword Searches: 9/11 Plus Ten

Imagined Overload: Material Cultures of Excess and Minimalism (Sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus)

Trash and Flash: Ned Buntline, Cheap Literature and the Transformation of Nineteenth-Century America

Repairing the Body Politic: Race, Health and Justice

On the Front Line: Literary and Legal Readings of the "Chinese Question" in Late Nineteenth-Century U.S. Culture

Why Does Desegregation Matter?: Education Reform, Racial Justice and Public Memory

The Church and Sexuality in America: Conflict, Solidarity, and Possibilities of Reparation

Contesting Publics and Privates in the Neoliberal University

Our Growing Community of Struggle: Angela Davis, the Cold War, and Transnational Historical Memory

Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy's Interdisciplinary, Queer Career

Japan in the Wake of 3/11 Eastern Japan Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster

Business Meeting of the Academic and Community Activism Caucus

Business Meeting of the Digital Humanities Caucus

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Environment and Culture Caucus: Fantasy, Reparation, and Ideology in the Environmental Imagination

Beyond Immigration Politics: A Multidisciplinary Conversation about the Vietnamese Diaspora

Dialogue/Roundtable: Re-imagining African American Life in the Antebellum City

Imagining Nation and Empire in Print Culture I

ASA Women's Committee: Digital Displays: Women Imagining Blogospheres as Alternative Public Spheres

Science and Technology Caucus: Curious Liaisons: Machines, Bodies, and the Making of Inappropriate Technology

The Blues Epistemology: A Roundtable in Memory of Clyde A. Woods

Contesting the Foreign/Domestic Divide: Arab Revolutions and American Studies

Imagined Spaces and Reparative Performances: Constructing Public Memory in the Americas

Urban Imaginaries in Contemporary American Christianity

K–16 Collaboration Committee: Bearing Witness: A Student-Curated, Baltimore-Based Retrospective Exhibition of Work by McCallum Tarry

The Politics of American Psychiatry: From World War II to Reagan

Objects of Learning: Material Culture, Imaginative Pedagogy, and the Transformation of American Childhood, 1880–1980 (Sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus)

Mexican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Feminist Responses, Part 1

Women Re-Imagining "America" through Physical Performance

Programmatic Transformations: Perils and Prospects for American Studies in U.S. Higher Education

Tracing Borders, Pushing Boundaries

The City and Its Spaces

The Great Transformations: Labor, Land, Money, and Education

Memory in/of Early America

Repairing Environments: Public Art and the Transformation of Place

Business Meeting of the International Committee

Business Meeting of the American Quarterly Editorial Board

War and Peace Studies Caucus Business Meeting

2:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Business Meeting of the ASA-JAAS Project Advisory Committee

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Intervention and Transformation: Fred Wilson's Mining the Museum Twenty Years Later

Ruins, Renewal, and Reparation


Black Visual Culture: Visuality, Blackness, and the Arts

Imagining Nation and Empire in Print Cultures II

Through The Wire: A Roundtable, A Post-Mortem

Islamophobia: 10 Years after September 11, 2001

Transforming the University Curriculum with Disability Studies: Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Approaches

Roundtable: Towards a Planetary Vision of American Studies?

Contested Reparations and Imagined Solutions: African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Palestinians

Race and Creolization in the Early American Archive

Reimagined Selves: Religion, Material Culture, and the Transformation of Self and Other

Mexican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Feminist Responses, Part 2

Translating the South: Reparative Approaches to Method, Space, and Time

Multiraciality in Media: A Post-Racial United States?

The Politics of Imagining a Religious Nation, From Eighteenth-Century Republicans to Twenty-first-Century Pluralists (Sponsored by the Religion and American Culture Caucus)

Teaching Public Scholarship: Problems and Possibilities

Reconsidering Refugees as Immigrants: Exceptionalism in Ethnic History Narratives

Transforming Sound(s): A Reading and Discussion

Business Meeting of the ASA Women's Committee

Business Meeting of the Environment and Culture Caucus

6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Plenary: Reimagining Democracy through Art

Reception of the University of Southern California

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Reception of The University of Texas at Austin

6:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Reception of Penn State Harrisburg/Eastern American Studies Association

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Reception of the Mid-American American Studies Association Co-Sponsored by the Universities of Iowa, Kansas, and St. Louis

7:00 PM – 8:45 PM

Reception of the University of Michigan

Reception of the Visual Culture Caucus and the Material Culture Caucus (Sponsored by Boston University's American and New England Studies Program, University of Delaware's Center for Material Culture Studies, and the University of Pennsylvania's Department of the History of Art)


8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Transforming Melville

Everyday Media and Practices of Popular Power

Enacting/Imagining Capitalist Transformation: Aesthetics, Political Economy, and Commodity Exchange

Beyond the Religious Right: Histories of American Christian Liberalism

Colored People's Time: On Blackness, Alterity, and Timeliness

American Capitalism and Christian Fundamentalism: National and Transnational Perspectives

The Transnational Turn in American Studies: Critical Negotiations

Who's Passing for Whom?: Racial Passing and the Problem of African American Identity in the Early Twentieth Century

Documentary Culture in the United States, 1945–1989: A Roundtable

Exploring Globalization in Southern Metropolitan Regions

The Pequot War Reconsidered

Staging Black Power: Theatricality and Black Arts

Reproducing and Naturalizing Imperial Power: The Law, Institutionalized Histories, and Humanitarian Discourses

War and the Visceral Imagination

Negotiating Ethnicity through Arts and Leisure

American Regionalism and the New Technologies

American Liberalism and U.S. Imperial Power: Colombia and the Philippines in the Mid-Twentieth Century

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Baltimore City as Laboratory: Transformations of Urban Neighborhoods through Public History Programming

Witnessing, Violence, and the (Im)Possibilities of Reparations

Pre-Occupied Space

Film Presentation: Caught Between Two Worlds

Reshaping Religious Selves: Adaptation and Redefinition among American Pentecostals and Spiritualists at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Vital Subjects: Biopolitics and Thanatopolitics in (Trans)national American Studies

Queer Social Transformations

The Golden Years: Fifties TV and Radio

As If: Ethnographies of the Subjunctive

Racial and Radical Formations in Black and Latino Politics during the Long Sixties

Humor Studies Caucus: Ethnic Humor: Pleasures and Problems

Childhood, Sexuality and the Politics of Consent

Redressing the Past, Repatriating the Future: Indigenous Cultural Studies and the Speculative Genres of Imagination

Transforming the Racial Order: The Politics of Cultural Memory in an Era of Neoliberal Reform

Reparative Warhol

Southern Crucible: Paradigms of Race and Religiosity in Colonial Georgia

Disciplining Gendered Bodies: The Strategic Performance of Ethnic Identity in Musical, Literary, and Visual Culture

Love and Other Practical Pursuits

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