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ABOUT THE ASA AND THE 2014 ANNUAL MEETING

The American Studies Association (ASA) is the oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of U.S. culture and history in a global context, supporting scholars, teachers, administrators, writers, critical thinkers, and activists around the world. [For more information see What the ASA Does: http://www.theasa.net/about/page /what_the_asa_does/.]

In pursuit of these goals over the decades, the ASA has emerged as one of the leading scholarly organizations known for engaging issues of policy, politics, and higher education through open debate and the pursuit of meaningful, engaged scholarship and teaching. The ASA has institutionalized democratic structures including regional chapters, caucuses and committees, where members may deliberate, debate, and propose actions at conference panels and town hall meetings, via publications and newsletters, and in communications with the ASA National Council and Executive Committee. The organization's members, caucuses, and committees are interconnected with American Studies, Ethnic Studies and Gender and Women's Studies, as well as with disciplinary departments at a wide range of colleges and universities, K–12 schools, museums and public history projects around the world.

The association's goal in situations of vigorous debate is to represent the majority of the membership in statements, resolutions, policies or actions pursued and approved by our constitution and by-laws [http://www .theasa.net/about/page/constitution_and_bylaws/]. In cases where actions requested are clearly relevant to the goals of the ASA, the Executive Committee and National Council may act on behalf of the association.

At our 2014 annual meeting the ASA will pursue these goals through panels, meetings and events based on our theme The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain in the Post-American Century. We will feature two program committee panels, highlighting the precarious situations of Scholars Under Attack and Students Under Attack for their speech, actions or mere presence on campus. In keeping with the association's long time goals and values, we are highlighting the difficult conditions and challenges currently facing our field and its members.

Scholars Under Attack focuses on the range of actions against academics in U.S. colleges and universities, from openly political broadsides to supposed budget cuts that target controversial or inconvenient programs, centers and departments. This roundtable discussion will be chaired by Robin D. G. Kelley (UCLA), who will be joined by Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi (San Francisco State University), who has been targeted for allegedly consorting with "terrorists"; Sandra K. Soto (University of Arizona), who was involved in the fight to defend Ethnic Studies in that state; Desireé Rowe (University of South Carolina Upstate), who has been struggling to save their Center for Women's and Gender Studies; and Ardis Cameron (University of Southern Maine), who has been organizing support for the American and New England Studies program there.

Students Under Attack focuses on actions against students, including limits to free speech on campus, disciplinary action for political protest, administrative union busting, defunding of controversial or inconvenient programs, departments and centers, and inequalities of race, class, gender and sexuality on campus. This roundtable discussion will be chaired by Rana Jaleel (Columbia Law), who will be joined by Kim Dominguez (University of Arizona, alum of Tucson Unified School District's Raza Studies program), Ellis Garey (NYU Students for Justice in Palestine), Munira Lokhandwala (UC Berkeley), Taher Herzallah (National Campus Coordinator, American Muslims for Palestine) and Austin McCoy (University of Michigan, United Coalition for Racial Justice).

The ASA is proud to face the future as a leading scholarly organization with a strong commitment to defending scholars and students under attack, and to providing the resources and networks to continually redefine and revitalize our engagements with the field of American Studies, and with the challenges of the broader world we all inhabit.

Our list of statements, resolutions, and actions show our members voicing their collective support for academic freedom, civil rights, equality of access to educational resources including support for meaningful affirmative action, and graduate students' rights including unionization. Our members have also taken public stands on issues of war and peace, and have consistently opposed racism, sexism, homophobia, imperialism, militarism, and the brutal practices of the criminal justice system supported by the United States at home and abroad [http://www.theasa.net/about/page/resolutions _and_actions/].

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS OVERVIEW

The call for proposals for the 2014 ASA convention in Los Angeles invited fun and fury, critiques of the good life, alternative realities, queer utopias and nothing short of a "new dialectics of pain and pleasure." It also encouraged participants to think about how to present their work differently in order to engage the pleasures of writing, intellectual exchange, oratory and learning. The material we received met those challenges, going above and beyond the alliterative connection between fun and fury to deliver passionate, ecstatic, intense, practical and whimsical responses to what some digital media scholars call the era of whatever. We were also pleased to have received a higher than average number of submissions: 743 total, almost evenly divided between panel proposals and individual entries.

Covering enormous ground ("From Furious Orientals to Funny Arabs," for example), engaging the serious ("Matters of Life and Death") and the flippant ("Eat Me: Consuming Urban Cultures"), not to mention the filthy ("The Filth and the Fury: The Cultural Politics of Waste in America"), the program represents this newly disorganized dialectic of pleasure and pain and spends considerable time outlining how and when and where a definition of pleasure for some might open out onto an experience of pain for others. Some papers clearly address the class politics of pleasure and others attend to the vexed issues of racial pain and the voyeuristic pleasures it provokes. A special roundtable on Steve McQueen's controversial film, 12 Years A Slave (2013), investigates the ways in which slavery has been transformed into visual (dis)pleasure and considers the function of spectacle within the film.

The program also works overtime to give us the opportunity to think collectively about recent political events of importance to American Studies. A special roundtable takes the Supreme Court of the United States' (SCOTUS) recent decision to uphold Michigan's ban on affirmative action as an occasion to reflect on the so-called "national dialogue" cited by SCOTUS: "the decision by Michigan voters [to ban affirmative action] reflects the ongoing national dialogue about such practices." Voter-based maneuvers, political disfranchisement by fiat, stand your ground laws, exonerated killing what, in this dialogue, is speech? Who can speak? Who is heard? By whom? How? And to what end?

The Program Committee and the Site Resource Committee have designed a special series of panels and events that will help bring into sharper relief the vibrant interaction of fun and fury in relation to local and global contexts. Of particular interest in the program will be the wide-ranging responses to the ASA membership's vote to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. We have created a pair of special panels "Scholars Under Attack" and "Students Under Attack" to address the vexed issue of academic freedom in an era of neoliberal management of dissent. The featured panel "I Want My ASA" will address the generational and political differences within our association, some of which were highlighted during the boycott debates. And "Black Radicalism, Insurgency in Israel/Palestine and the Idea of Solidarity" traces the history and the future of this important set of collaborations.

The events sponsored by the hard-working Site Resources Committee offer conference participants a wealth of cultural opportunities ranging from "An Intimate Concert with Artist, Dorian Wood" (Thursday), to "Fun and Fury with the Empty Orchestra: Karaoke Protest, Karaoke Pleasure" (Friday), to "#Not1More: Art, Music, and Immigration Reform in Twenty-first-Century America" (Saturday). These off-site events (all held at Human Resources Los Angeles) are complemented by film screenings on and off-site, including a special screening of John Akomfrah's The Stuart Hall Project (2013). This screening will also serve as a memorial for Hall and will be followed by a panel discussion.

As most ASA participants will surely know by now, the theme of "The Fun and the Fury" has taken on a bittersweet inflection after the tragic death of program committee co-chair and beloved colleague José E. Muñoz last year. Given how much our theme reflects and was inspired by Muñoz's punk sensibilities and his unique, utopian scholarly inclinations, the whole conference serves as a memorial to Muñoz and to his scholarly legacy. Nonetheless, we have also chosen to memorialize Muñoz on Saturday with three special consecutive events: "Queer Horizons: The Fun and the Fury of José E. Muñoz"; a reception in his honor; and a staged reading of the play, Puto, written by one of his long-time collaborators, Ricardo Bracho, and directed by Ela Troyano, with a talk back facilitated by Richard T. Rodríguez. In addition, two other events are directly related to honoring Muñoz's lifework: the panel "Uncontrolled Substances/Altered States" (Friday morning); and the Minority Scholar's Committee breakfast on Saturday morning, at which Muñoz will posthumously receive this year's Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award designed to honor a scholar who, like Richard Yarborough, demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring underrepresented faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and/or college, university or high school students.

The spirit of Muñoz will also be evident in the interactive performance event, "Soapbox Manifestos." Manifestos are those declarations, platforms, long-held wishes, demands, pronouncements, and utopian longings that enact both a critique of the present and a casting of possibilities. Imagined as an opportunity to occupy the public commons with inspired oratory, the space outside the book exhibit will serve as the venue for the reading of manifestos, book passages, testimonios, poems, cherished quotes and other bursts of prose meant to rattle, provoke, commemorate and seduce. In addition to scheduled speakers, all conference participants are invited to bring and share their own prepared passages of 1–3 minutes.

The "Soapbox Manifestos" represents the effort we made this year to disrupt and alter the ways in which ideas circulate in an academic context. While there is nothing wrong with the three papers and a respondent format, there is also nothing right about it in other words, there are many other ways of presenting work, engaging others, debating controversial topics and contesting intellectual traditions. It is unclear whether the conference program as a whole will represent a noticeable shift in the performance protocols of academic presentation, but we have found ways to, literally, manifest the new modes of presentation that we would like to promote.

In addition to the "Soapbox Manifestos" and plenary sessions on topics like "New Work on Slavery and Empire," then, we are also hosting a Typhoon Haiyan memorial event; a session on sex industries featuring sex workers alongside academics titled "Sex is . . . Sex Ain't: Working at the Critical Edge of Sex, Politics, Art, and Industry" and various sessions on food, drugs, and anarchy.

We also will feature a semi-serious session titled "Kill this Keyword?" The title here tells you all you really need to know, but the session itself is not designed simply to critique. Rather, in the spirit of Raymond Williams's Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, "Kill this Keyword?" recognizes how and why certain academic terminologies are overused and undertheorized, or overtheorized and underused, producing the effect of jargon. Jargon is not, as is commonly assumed, the use of unnecessarily technical language. It represents instead an inevitable reliance within critical theory on certain words that gradually lose their meaning. The event organizers ask us to consider: Does "neoliberalism" still mean something, or has it been so overused as to be evacuated of any specificity? How about "precarity" or "affect" or "crisis"? This session is designed to ask, both playfully and seriously, should certain terms be allowed (or compelled) to fall out of usage? What kind of work do the commonplace keywords of current American studies projects do? (How) Can critical leverage, incisive edge, be returned to commonplace terms or to the ideas to which they refer? What terms have fallen out of favor that might be reanimated in the face of the demise of others? Audience members will be invited to nominate terms for comment by the roundtable panelists and by other session attendees.

Ultimately, "The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain in the Post-American Century" serves as a venue for the re-imagining and re-staging of academic participation itself. Along these lines, we recognize the technological development in recent years of new modes of presentation that are enhanced, supplemented and extended by PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi-style projections. Accordingly, beginning this year, ASA will feature wireless connectivity in all meeting rooms there will even be a conference app! Gone are the days where techno-challenged academics fumble for 30 minutes over projection equipment before lining up a few poorly produced video clips. And say goodbye to the clumsy last minute assembly of screens and projectors or the massive wheeled-in equipment carts blocking the entire front row. At this year's ASA, to better facilitate the fast and ferocious delivery of fun and fury, all rooms will include a Digital Equipment Package. Included in this package are: LCD/multimedia data projector with speakers; laptop (MS PowerPoint, CD, and DVD capable, PC but MAC compatible); screen, wireless internet, and on-site technical support.

So the challenge has been issued, the proposals have been made, and the venues chosen. In order to best prepare yourself for fun and fury we recommend the following: pay your ASA dues and register ahead of time; pick a fun hotel if the conference hotel is sold out there are many options in downtown Los Angeles; plan to explore what revitalized downtown LA has to offer (new restaurants and cafés, galleries and bookstores) while attending appropriate panels on gentrification and urban capital; leave the conference every now and then and explore the city by bus, metro, bike or even car; go to the ocean at least once while in Los Angeles you can swim in Venice, Santa Monica or Malibu, and you can eat fresh seafood up and down Pacific Coast Highway (PCH); eat in a mini mall; spot a movie star; pretend to be unimpressed by the movie stars you see; take a run in Griffith Park or Elysian Park; visit Eso Won Bookstore in Leimert Park, The Last Bookstore in downtown, or the Downtown Public Library; take the Blue line metro to Watts Towers; take a bus to Judy Baca's mural: The Great Wall of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley; go to a farmer's market; stay cool, relax, have fun, feel the fury!

We are deeply grateful to the hardworking and fun-loving members of the Program Committee and the Site Resource Committee: Kandice Chuh, Eric Lott, Mireille Miller-Young, José A. Quiroga, Juana María Rodríguez, Sarita See, C. Riley Snorton, Shane Vogel, Jennifer Doyle, Josh Kun and Karen Tongson. Big thanks as well to crucial John Stephens, without whom the convention could never happen. Finally, thanks to T'Sey-Haye Preaster. She is a wonder of congenial efficiency.

J. Jack Halberstam, Fred Moten, and Sandra K. Soto
2014 Program Committee Co-Chairs

PLENARY EVENTS

Thursday, November 6, 2014

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception/Celebration of Authors/Exhibit Open

Westin Bonaventure, Level 2 California Ballroom (L2)

Join with fellow ASA members in a welcome reception and celebration of authors at the Westin Bonaventure. The Book Exhibit will be open. All members and guests are encouraged to attend.

Friday, November 7, 2014

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ASA Awards Ceremony

Westin Bonaventure, Level 2 California Ballroom Foyer (L2)

PRESIDING:
David Roediger, University of Kansas, and president-elect, American Studies Association

Presentation of the 2014 Constance Rourke Prize for the best article in American Quarterly, the 2014 Wise-Susman Prize for the best student paper at the convention, the 2014 Yasuo Sakakibara Prize for the best paper presented by an international scholar at the meeting, the 2014 Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best dissertation in American studies, the 2014 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize, the 2014 John Hope Franklin Best Book Publication Prize, the 2014 Mary C. Turpie Prize for outstanding teaching, advising, and program development in American studies, the 2014 Bode-Pearson Prize for outstanding contributions to American studies, and the Angela Davis Prize for outstanding public scholarship.

Friday, November 7, 2014

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presidential Address: The Fun and the Fury of Transforming American Studies

Westin Bonaventure, Level 2 Sacramento Room (L2)

SPEAKER:
Lisa Duggan, New York University, and president, American Studies Association

This has been a head-spinning year for the American Studies Association. Since announcing our support for the academic boycott of Israel soon after our 2013 conference, we have been praised and blamed from quarters both within our ranks and far flung. We have met the challenge. While debate roiled, and our imminent collapse was predicted by many, we have actually grown and prospered. Internal dissenters have generally chosen to remain and engage, and outside forces have not crushed our spirits or halted our work. We have gained members and financial support and will continue on, revitalized.

This process of engagement, debate, and dissent is a central dynamic in the history of our field. Over the decades, American Studies has emerged as one of the leading scholarly organizations with a clear commitment to the world of policy and politics that sets the conditions for our scholarship and teaching. We are not only a scholarly organization in the narrowest sense, but also a kind of refugee site for scholars who see their engagements with racial inequalities, gender distinctions, sexual stigma, imperial brutalities, the criminal injustice system, cultural politics, labor history, or global political economy as exceeding the boundaries of the disciplines, reaching beyond scholarship and the university itself into the world that shapes the conditions we write about.

This address reviews the multiple contests and insurgencies that have transformed the field of American Studies over the past 50 years, and considers the different forms of resolution that have emerged. Sometimes transformation was deep and extensive, at other times new challenges remained on the sidelines, co-existing with but not reshaping the central directions of the field. Sometimes generational change ushered in new thematic, methodological and theoretical perspectives. These often came linked to new political commitments. Sometimes such interventions were widely welcomed; sometimes they were largely pushed aside, tolerated but marginalized by longer entrenched constituencies. Many of these partially fought conflicts remain alive, erupting at times into renewed salience as I believe may have happened in the context of the boycott debates.

In alignment with the theme of this year's conference, The Fun and the Fury: A New Dialectics of Pain and Pleasure for the Post-American Century, I am especially interested in tracing the impact of queer studies and queer of color critique, of performance studies and affect theory, of sexuality studies and the live arts, of new technologies and social media, on the interdisciplinary terrain of American Studies. I am interested in exploring how these approaches are interacting now with studies of empire and settler colonialism, analyses of the racial state and the history of work and capitalism. I am interested in the political implications of these interactions, and with their failures. Most of all, in the face of the brutal conditions of life and work so many humans and others on the planet confront, I am interested in exploring why we should care about the fun and the fury at all.

Friday, November 7, 2014

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ASA President's Reception

Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 Hollywood Ballroom (L3)

FEATURED SESSIONS AND ACTIVITIES

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Thursday, November 6, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

ASA Program Committee: New Work on Slavery and Empire

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 San Fernando (L1)

This roundtable discussion will focus on innovative and productive new directions in pre-twentieth-century scholarship on slavery and empire in the Americas. This discussion will be chaired by Matthew Frye Jacobson of Yale University, who will be joined by Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, Brandeis University, Greg Grandin, New York University, Barbara Krauthamer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Stephanie Smallwood, University of Washington, Seattle. Following an introductory overview, panelists will speak for 10–15 minutes each on their own work forging new directions in the field, followed by an open discussion, including questions and comments from the audience.

Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, Matthew Frye Jacobson, Greg Grandin, Barbara Krauthamer, Stephanie Smallwood

Thursday, November 6, 2014

6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

ASA Program Committee: I Want My ASA, or, W(h)ither American Studies?

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 Beaudry A (L1)

Recent conflicts arising from competing visions of the ASA blog fury about its direction, the massive fallout from its boycott of Israeli academic institutions suggest a rather desperate divergence of opinion on what American Studies and the ASA should be and do these days. This roundtable seeks to offer a variety of visions and stances about just that, to press on difference and disagreement rather than forcing consensus, to foster dissent and debate about the ASA's direction within the annual meeting rather than leaving it beyond the organization's institutional purview. This discussion will feature 12–15 minute presentations on what the ASA has been, is, and should be doing, followed by discussion amongst the panelists, and more importantly, with the audience.

Ann V. Fabian, Eric Lott, Laura Pulido, Barry Shank, Kathryn Bond Stockton

Friday, November 7, 2014

8:00 am – 9:45 am

ASA Program Committee: Uncontrolled Substances/Altered States

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 San Bernardino (L1)

Media images in the U.S. have been saturated with outmoded stereotypes of recreational drug users and the economies they support. This panel seeks to complicate this discourse by reconsidering the very concept of "drug cultures," broadly conceived, as a site of dynamic and complex productive forces. Rather than see drug cultures as a marginal aspect of U.S. culture, this panel examines their centrality to our larger conceptions of identity and citizenship. And it insists on the ecstatic possibilities of pleasure and contraband substance in the production of new forms of sexual, gender, and ethnic embodiment.

Ann Cvetkovich, Josh Kun, José A. Quiroga, Curtis Marez, Antonio Viego

Friday, November 7, 2014

10:00 am – 11:45 am

ASA Program Committee: Black Radicalism, Insurgency in Israel/Palestine and the Idea of Solidarity

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 San Fernando (L1)

In the debate that has emerged with the rise and intensification of the Palestinian solidarity movement, some attention has been paid to the history of the practical and theoretical interplay between black radicalism on a global scale and the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. The participants in this roundtable seek to renew and intensify that attention by addressing a set of interrelated questions concerning the relationship between settler colonialism and anti-blackness. Can there be, in general, rapprochement between the dream of national liberation and the desire for international solidarity? What are the chances and the risks that attend the idea of a new or of a renewed anti-colonial humanism? Can anti-colonialism sustain and survive its historical commitment to the ideals of sovereignty and self-determination? Can and should the socio-political project that was once called the Third World be revived?

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Haidar Eid, R. A. Judy, Smadar Lavie, Fred Moten, Jared Sexton

Friday, November 7, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

ASA Program Committee: Students Under Attack

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 San Gabriel B (L1)

Students Under Attack (paired with Scholars Under Attack) focuses on responses to the range of actions against students in U.S. colleges and universities, including limits to free speech on campus, disciplinary action for political protest, administrative union busting, defunding of controversial or inconvenient programs, departments and centers, and inequalities of race, class, gender and sexuality on campus. This roundtable discussion will be chaired by Rana Jaleel (Columbia Law), who will be joined by Kim Dominguez (University of Arizona, alum of TUSD's Raza Studies program), Ellis Garey (NYU Students for Justice in Palestine), Munira Lokhandwala (UC Berleley), Taher Hazallah (National Campus Coordinator, American Muslims for Palestine) and Austin McCoy (University of Michigan, United Coalition for Racial Justice). Following an introductory overview, panelists will speak for 10 minutes each, followed by discussion among panelists, and questions and comments from the audience.

Kim Dominguez, Ellis Garey, Taher Herzallah, Rana Jaleel, Munira Lokhandwala, Austin McCoy

Friday, November 7, 2014

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

ASA Program Committee: Scholars Under Attack

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 San Gabriel B (L1)

Scholars Under Attack (paired with Students Under Attack) focuses on responses to the range of actions against academics in U.S. colleges and universities, from openly political broadsides to supposed budget cuts that target controversial or inconvenient programs, centers and departments. This roundtable discussion will be chaired by Robin D. G. Kelley (UCLA), who will be joined by Rabab Abdulhadi at San Francisco State, who has been targeted for allegedly consorting with "terrorists"; Sandra K. Soto at the University of Arizona in Tucson, who was involved in the fight to defend Ethnic Studies in that state; Desireé Rowe at the University of South Carolina Upstate, who has been struggling to save their Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and Ardis Cameron at the University of Southern Maine, who has been organizing support for the American and New England Studies program there. Following an introductory overview, panelists will speak for 10 minutes each, followed by discussion among panelists, and questions and comments from the audience.

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Ardis Cameron, Robin D. G. Kelley, Desireé Rowe, Sandra K. Soto

Friday, November 7, 2014

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

ASA Program Committee: Kill this Keyword?

Westin Bonaventure, San Bernardino (L1)

Does "neoliberalism" mean something any longer, or has it been so overused so as to be evacuated of any specificity? How about "precarity" or "affect" or "crisis"? This session is designed to facilitate such considerations, to ask, both playfully and seriously, should certain terms be allowed (or compelled) out of usage? What kind of work do the commonplace keywords of current American studies endeavors do? (How) Can critical leverage, incisive edge, be returned to commonplace terms, or to the ideas to which they refer? What terms have fallen out of favor that might be reanimated in the face of the demise of another? Audience members will be invited to nominate terms for comment by the roundtable panelists and by other session attendees.

Kandice Chuh, Jennifer Doyle, Roderick Ferguson, Laura Hyun Yi Kang, María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Karen Tongson

Saturday, November 8, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:45pm

ASA Program Committee: Roundtable: SCOTUS v. University of Michigan

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 San Gabriel A (L1)

On April 22, 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) reversed a decision by the Federal 6th District, and held that Michigan voters were not in violation of the constitution's equal protection clause when they voted to forbid consideration of race as part of the admissions process for state universities. The SCOTUS elaborated: "the decision by Michigan voters reflects the ongoing national dialogue about such practices." This roundtable will discuss components of the "national dialogue" such as voter-based maneuvers, political disfranchisement by fiat, stand your ground laws, and exonerated murder. In the dialogue what is speech? Who can speak? Who is heard? By whom? And to what end?

This roundtable discussion will be chaired by Ruth Wilson Gilmore, City University of New York, who will be joined by Kevin Gaines, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Kimberlé Crenshaw, University of California, Los Angeles, and Mary Helen Washington, University of Maryland, College Park. Panelists will engage in an open discussion, including questions and comments from the audience.

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Kevin Gaines, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Mary Helen Washington

Saturday, November 8, 2014

4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

ASA Program Committee: Sex is . . . Sex Ain't: Working at the Critical Edge of Sex, Politics, Art, and Industry

Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 Santa Monica D (L3)

Twenty years after the death of artist and activist Marlon Riggs from AIDS the politics of sex and sexual art is just as controversial and at risk. Bringing together academics, artists, and adult industry producers and performers, this roundtable discussion exposes the histories of struggle that are ongoing for sexual cultural workers. Panelists address the ways in which we define "sex" at this current moment, and thus, what constitutes our "sex work" our interventions, political and professional, around sex. What is the critical power of sex today, and what are the most pressing issues sexual cultural workers face? How might our political and professional engagements in the terrain of sex use fun, fury, pleasure, or pain as tactics of expression, critique, or survival? How do we sustain our interventions and give them new life?

Marlon M. Bailey, April Flores, Dian Hanson, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Shine Louise Houston, Juana María Rodríguez

PROGRAM COMMITTEE & SITE RESOURCES ACTIVITIES

HRLA Event Disclaimer:
*Please Note: Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA) is an older building, and although the main gallery is handicapped accessible, its restrooms (located on the 2nd floor) are not. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience, and ask that attendees plan accordingly, with these limitations in mind. Please feel free to email info@humanresourcesla.com with any questions.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

9:00 pm 12:00 am

ASA Site Resources Committee: A Concert with Artist Dorian Wood

Human Resources Los Angeles
410 Cottage Home Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.humanresourcesla.com

Admission: $15.00 (general), $10.00 (with ASA badge); no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Cash bar.

Los Angeles–based vocal and performance artist Dorian Wood is "armed with a vocal charisma that would befit a preacher and an experimental streak that would make avant-gardists swoon" (WNYC Culture). Dorian Wood's latest album, Rattle Rattle, is an epic collection of original doomsday-themed songs that form one strong, continuous piece.

Born in Echo Park, California, Dorian began his musical education at a very early age, continuing his studies at Conservatorio de Castella in Costa Rica, and eventually making his way back to Los Angeles, where he first gained exposure performing on the queer bar circuit. His debut album, BOLKA, received wide critical acclaim for its impeccable merging of folk, soul, Bulgarian choral music and experimental music. His follow-up EP, Black Pig Suite, featured members of the LA experimental orchestra Killsonic. In recent years he art-directed and performed in an experimental opera at REDCAT, and has staged performance actions and interventions across the city, often in collaboration with other artists.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Doyle at 2014asasrc@gmail.com.

Friday, November 7, 2014

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm*

ASA Program Committee: Film Screening and Discussion: Without Guarantees: Remembering Stuart Hall: The Stuart Hall Project

Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 Avalon (L3)

This special session will feature a screening of The Stuart Hall Project, a 93 minute film directed by John Akomfrah.

A person's culture is something that is often described as fixed or defined and rooted in a particular region, nation, or state. Stuart Hall, one of the most preeminent intellectuals on the Left in Britain, updates this definition as he eloquently theorizes that cultural identity is fluid always morphing and stretching toward possibility but also constantly experiencing nostalgia for a past that can never be revisited.

Filmmaker John Akomfrah uses the rich and complex mood created by Miles Davis's trumpet to root a masterful tapestry of newly filmed material, archival imagery, excerpts from television programs, home movies, and family photographs to create this lyrical and emotionally powerful portrait of the life and philosophy of this influential theorist. Like a fine scotch, The Stuart Hall Project is smooth, complicated, and euphorically pleasing. It taps into a singular intelligence to extract the tools we need to make sense of our lives in the modern world. The screening is immediately followed by a discussion led by Grant Farred and Miranda Joseph.

*Please Note: Screening: 2:00–3:30 pm; Discussion: 3:30–5:00 pm.

Friday, November 7, 2014

10:00 pm 1:00 am*

ASA Site Resources Committee: Fun and Fury with the Empty Orchestra: Karaoke, Protest, and Pleasure

Human Resources Los Angeles
410 Cottage Home Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.humanresourcesla.com

Join us for an evening of karaoke or "queeraoke" with a protest-song-meets-party-anthem bend. Sing your favorite anthems of dissent, as well as your jolliest pop jams and smokiest ballads. Expansive songbooks will be curated and provided by our resident artists and KJ's (or "karaoke jockeys"). This event was inspired by artists Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez's ongoing project, "Another Protest Song: Karaoke with a Message," the night will also include special performances by artists and KJs, Amy von Harrington (Los Angeles), and Lynne Chan and Bobby Abate, aka New Sound Karaoke (New York).

Additionally, this event is held in conjunction with the opening of "The Art of the Empty Orchestra: Creativity in a Karaoke Culture," on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts MFA Galleries (3001 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007). This artists' roundtable and week-long exhibit explores the many dimensions of karaoke as a technology, as an aesthetic, and as a participatory cultural practice.

For additional information, please contact Karen Tongson at 2014asasrc@gmail.com.

*Please Note: Proper ID required. Appetizers and cash bar.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

10:00 am –11:45 am*

ASA Site Resources Committee: Typhoon Haiyan Memorial Event (Dance Workshop)

Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 International Lounge (L3)

Get ready for a fun and high-energy dance class that will keep you on your toes. Coordinated by the Center for Art + Thought (CA+T) in conjunction with an on-site virtual exhibition Storm: A Haiyan Recovery Project to raise awareness about Typhoon Haiyan's ongoing impact, this one-hour workshop takes seriously the embodied knowledge of fun-making. Come and learn the actual moves that were performed a year ago as a national fundraiser to benefit the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Let CA+T choreographers lead you through a fresh blend of old school and new school hip-hop designed for movers and shakers of all levels. Then, be prepared to leave it on the dance floor as you dance in ASA's first ever flashmob!

*Please Note: This workshop is immediately followed by a flashmob (15–30 minutes) in the California Ballroom Foyer (L2).

Saturday, November 8, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

ASA Site Resources Committee: Typhoon Haiyan Memorial Event (Flashmob)

Westin Bonaventure, Level 2 California Ballroom Foyer (L2)

This live group performance will run approximately 15 to 30 minutes and will occur immediately following the Typhoon Haiyan Memorial Dance Workshop. Kindly reference the program for details.

Typhoon Haiyan Project: Center for Art and Thought Online Exhibition

www.centerforartandthought.org

The Center for Art and Thought hosts the virtual curated exhibition Storm: A Haiyan Recovery Project to commemorate the first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda, a storm of epic proportions that hit Central Philippines from November 2–11, 2013. The exhibition reflects upon the storm's social, political, cultural, psychological and spiritual impact. In addition to forging a virtual gathering space to recognize the history, tragedy and mass loss incurred by Haiyan/Yolanda, Storm reflects upon the actions of global solidarity and of local mobilization through arts and culture amongst Filipinos, particularly Filipino Americans in North America. Curated by Johanna F. Almiron and J. Lorenzo Perillo. To view the exhibit, please visit: www.centerforartandthought.org.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

ASA Program Committee: 2014 Film Screenings and Discussions

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) 250 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.moca.org

The dialectic of fun and fury is exemplified in two cinematic landmarks in the cultural history of Los Angeles. Larry Clark's Passing Through and Wu Tsang's Wildness will be screened Saturday, November 8 and afterwards there will be discussions featuring the directors. Screenings will take place in the auditorium of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Kindly reference the program for details.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm*

ASA Program Committee: Film Screening and Discussion: Passing Through

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), Auditorium 250 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.moca.org

Director, Larry Clark, 1977. 16MM Film. 111 minutes followed by a discussion with the director and filmmaker, Arthur Jafa.

Eddie Warmack, an African American jazz musician, is released from prison for the killing of a white gangster. Not willing to play for the mobsters who control the music industry, including clubs and recording studios, Warmack searches for his mentor and grandfather, the legendary jazz musician Poppa Harris. For director Larry Clark, jazz is one of the purest expressions of African American culture, embodying the struggles and pleasures of generations of Blacks going back to slavery and beyond. Privileging the energy of the music in concert footage filtered through an abstract color field of blues, reds and whites and in black-and-white flashbacks in which Poppa reveals to Warmack the music's rootedness in the soil, this rarely seen film exemplifies the social and aesthetic experimentation of the LA Rebellion.

*Please Note: Screening: 12:00–2:00 pm; Discussion: 2:00–3:00 pm.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm*

ASA Program Committee: Film Screening and Discussion: Wildness

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), Auditorium 250 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.moca.org

Director: Wu Tsang, 2012. DVD. 74 minutes followed by a discussion with the director and film scholar Bliss Lim.

Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, Wildness is a documentary portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in the MacArthur Park area that has been home for Latin/LGBT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party (organized by director Wu Tsang and DJs NGUZUNGUZU and Total Freedom) called Wildness, which explodes into creativity and conflict. What does "safe space" mean, and who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations.

*Please Note: Screening: 3:00–5:00 pm; Discussion: 5:00–6:00 pm.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

ASA Program Committee: The Fun and the Fury of José Esteban Muñoz

Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 Santa Monica A (L3)

This session reflects on the intellectual legacies of José E. Muñoz (1967–2013). A program committee co-chair for this year's annual meeting, a performance studies scholar and queer and race theorist, and a beloved colleague and teacher, Muñoz's punk sensibilities and unique, utopian scholarly inclinations pervade this conference. This session presents an opportunity to consider the scholarly and pedagogical impact he continues to have. Participants include: Jack Halberstam, University of Southern California; Jennifer Doyle, University of California, Riverside; Gayatri Gopinath, New York University; Tavia Nyong'o, New York University; José A. Quiroga, Emory University; Karen Shimakawa, New York University; Anna McCarthy, New York University; and Alexandra T. Vazquez, Princeton University, who will each share brief remarks followed by an open forum for any who wish to offer a memory, pay their respects, or engage with Muñoz's life and work.

This session is immediately followed by an on-site reception from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Catalina Ballroom Foyer (Level 3). A cash bar will be available. Additionally, the ASA Minority Scholars' Committee will posthumously present its 2014 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award to Muñoz on Saturday, November 8, 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Advanced registration is required. Kindly consult the "ticketed events" portion of the program for details.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm*

ASA Site Resources Committee: A Staged Reading of Ricardo Bracho's Puto

Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 Avalon (L3)

A parallel reality, Los Angeles, CA, 2019. The Bush family has assumed an imperial monarchy; the border between the U.S. and Mexico is one impenetrable, unscalable, seamless wall; industrial farming and prisons in the Central Valley have merged, forming colossal agri-prisons. Colony collapse disorder has resulted in the decimation of the bee population, making vegetables, fruit and honey worth more than gold. Navigating 'hoods, scenes and his own fecund libido is Puto, a magnetically handsome and successful art photographer. Puto is also a currency trader and counterfeiter on the brown market: an illicit economy that funds the underground queer resistance. He wakes one morning to find his lover Smiles gone and thus begins the play and Puto's complicated journey.

Puto brings together the major concerns of Bracho's writing career race, urbanism, the left, homoerotics with a fun and sexy critique of the imperial state. Directed by Ela Troyano. This reading is immediately followed by a talk-back facilitated by Richard T. Rodríguez.

*Please Note: Reading: 6:00–7:00 pm; Discussion: 7:00–8:00 pm.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm*

ASA Site Resources Committee: #Not1More: Art, Music, and Immigration Reform in Twenty-first-Century America

Human Resources Los Angeles 410 Cottage Home Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.humanresourcesla.com

Since the 2006 immigration marches, music and art have played a renewed role in voicing, shaping, and critiquing contemporary debates around immigration reform and activism, a role with a long history in U.S. political and cultural life. Los Angeles is now, as it has always been, a key hub for artistic and musical interventions into these stories and struggles.

This event will focus on the political and artistic work of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and their collaborations with musicians (La Santa Cecilia, Aloe Blacc), filmmakers (Alex Rivera), visual artists, and their own house band, Los Jornaleros del Norte. The event will begin with a conversation about these issues, followed by a live, interactive musical performance by Los Jornaleros del Norte. Featuring: members of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, filmmaker Alex Rivera, musicians of Los Jornaleros del Norte, plus special musical guests to be announced.

For additional information, please contact Josh Kun at 2014asasrc@gmail.com.

*Please Note: Voluntary donations at the door, with proceeds benefiting the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Cash bar.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

ASA Program Committee: Soapbox Manifestos

Westin Bonaventure, Level 2 California Ballroom Foyer (L2)

ASA will occupy the Bonaventure Hotel with Soapbox Manifestos! Manifestos are those declarations, platforms, long-held wishes, demands, pronouncements, and utopian longings that enact both a critique of the present and a casting of possibilities. Imagined as an interactive performance event, the California Ballroom Foyer of the Bonaventure will serve as the venue for the reading of soapbox manifestos, bursts of inspired prose meant to rattle, provoke and inspire. In addition to scheduled speakers, conference participants are invited to bring and share their own manifestos as short prepared speeches of 1–3 minutes, as posters or placards, as brief performances or as tweets [www.twitter.com] using the hashtag #ASAsoapbox.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

ASA Site Resources Committee: Latin America + Los Angeles: Arts Organizations Respond to Pacific Standard Time 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) 250 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.moca.org

In 2013, The Getty Foundation announced plans to sponsor a massive city-wide festival in 2017, celebrating the art of "L.A./L.A." Latin America/Los Angeles. The first step in this process was the awarding of major research and planning grants in support of exhibitions exploring this conjunction. How have arts institutions in the region responded to the Getty's call, and to the complexity of this subject which speaks (for example) to the region's colonial history and also to its present? How are researchers and curators at the regions's museums thinking about the stakes of this project, and its difference from the Getty's 2012 festival, which had a much narrower historical focus (art in LA from 1945–1980).

Curators from The Culver Arts Center at UC Riverside, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Pitzer Art Galleries, and the Vincent Price Art Museum will present their exhibition projects.

PANELISTS:
Robert Crouch, Pasadena Arts Council
Ciarra Ennis, Pitzer College
Robb Hernandez, University of California, Riverside
Rita Gonzalez, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Karen Rapp, Vincent Price Art Museum
Alma Ruiz, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MODERATOR:
Jennifer Doyle, University of California, Riverside

ADDITIONAL EXHIBITS, TOURS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS


ASA 2014: Critical Prison Studies Caucus Panels and Presentations (click to download PDF)

The Autry National Center in Griffith Park: Gratis Admission, co-sponsored by the ASA Material Culture Caucus and Visual Culture Caucus

The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, Museum and Special Collections
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.theautry.org

Gratis admission with ASA badge, courtesy of the Material Culture Caucus and Visual Culture Caucus, during regular museum hours beginning Thursday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Museum Hours:

Tuesday–Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm*

*Please Note: Guided tours are not available on the first two Sundays of the month.

Friday, November 7, 2014

9:00 am – 12:00 pm*

Guided tour of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007

ASA conference participants are invited to tour the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.

Founded in 1952, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest LGBTQ research collection in the world, comprising over two million archival items periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers. ONE's curator David Frantz and archivist Loni Shibuyama will give a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives, highlighting some of the collection's hidden gems while also discussing recent research and exhibition initiatives. For more information, visit: http://one.usc.edu/.

The tour group will meet at the registration desk at the Westin Bonaventure. ONE curator David Frantz will meet and escort tour participants to the ONE Archives by public transit (express bus, $0.50 cent fare). Anyone wanting to meet at the ONE Archives should plan to arrive by 9:45 am. Admission and tour are free. To RSVP, and for additional information, contact David Frantz at davidf@onearchives.org.

*Please Note: Tour length: 1 hour (9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.). Total event time includes round-trip travel to/from the archives.

Friday, November 7, 2014

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

SOLD OUT: "Route 66" Exhibition and Library Private Tour at The Autry National Center, co-sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus and Visual Culture Caucus

The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, Museum and Special Collections
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
www.theautry.org

ASA conference participants are invited to tour the museum and special collections at The Autry in Griffith Park. Curator Jeffrey Richardson will take ASA members on a tour of his recently launched "Route 66" exhibition. And, see the amazing treasures available to visiting scholars in the Autry Research Library in a personal tour given by Marva Felchlin, Director, Library and Archives. The Autry's large museum collections include art, artifacts, archaeological materials, photographs, manuscript collections, maps, books, sound recordings, and ephemera it is one of the nation's most comprehensive book, archival, and artifact collections on Native American cultures and the history of the American West. This event is co-sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus and Visual Culture Caucus, tour courtesy of The Autry.

Advanced $5.00 fee. Maximum 20 attendees for tour. Length: 3 hours, 45 minutes (including round trip travel). Seats will be available via ASA-sponsored transportation to and from The Autry. Departure from the main lobby of the Westin Bonaventure. For additional information, and transportation reservations, contact Estella Chung at echung @HillwoodMuseum.org.

Advanced registration required at: http://standwiththeasa.org/tour-the-autry-national-center-in-griffith-park-museum-special-collections/.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

10:00 am – 2:00 pm*

SOLD OUT: Tour: Historic Downtown Walking Tour with LA Conservancy Docent, co-sponsored by the Material Culture Caucus and Visual Culture Caucus

Pershing Square (Downtown LA)
S. Olive Street and 6th Street at the Orange Groves
Los Angeles, CA 90013

For over 25 years, the Los Angeles Conservancy has been sharing Los Angeles' unique architectural treasures with the public through the Walking Tour Program. This tour is a great way to get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with the unique character of downtown LA. "Historic Downtown" (as the area around Pershing Square is known) is considered the heart of LA. Landmarks include: the Central Library, Angels Flight, and the Bradbury Building. The history of the area goes back to the founding of the city in 1781, and its architecture tells the story of the growth of the city from the 1890s to the present, including the current trend of conversions of vintage office buildings into loft-style apartments and condos. The trajectory covers a wide range of architectural styles, and includes anecdotes about the people behind the buildings.

Participants will meet at the registration area, near the main lobby, at the Westin Bonaventure for 10-minute walk together to Pershing Square, located at Olive Street and 6th Street. Tour meets in the center of the park, near the mini-groves of orange trees.

This tour is for ASA members and meeting participants, and is limited to 18 people. Cost is $15.00 per person. For additional information, contact Natasha Bissonauth at nb337@cornell.edu or (917) 657-4537.

Advanced registration required at: http://standwiththeasa.org/tour-historic-downtown-walking-tour-with-la-conservancy-docent/.

*Please Note: Tour length: 3 hours. The route covers approximately 12 blocks, including stairs and hills. Please prepare with these conditions in mind.

GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION

Registration

Purchase conference registration, tour, and special events tickets at the ASA Storefront, http://standwiththeasa.org/registration/. 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 do not send hotel registration forms or room payments to this address.

On-Site Rate

ASA member or International Affiliate  $150.00
ASA member or International Affiliate household income under $15,000  $99.000
ASA member or International Affiliate Student or K–12 Educator  $75.000
Nonmembers  $199.000
Nonmembers household income under $15,000  $125.000
Nonmember Student or K–12 Educator  $99.000

Registration Hours

The ASA registration desk at the Westin Bonaventure will be open the following hours:

Wednesday, November 5  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, November 6  7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, November 7  7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 8  7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 9  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 2014 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 (www.climatetrust.org) supports wind, energy production efficiency, reforestation, and a range of other technologies. Native Energy (www.nativeenergy.com) 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."

The cost to purchase Carbon Offset (@ 1 ton) to cover average travel to Los Angeles, CA is $15.00.

Badges

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.

Social Media

The Twitter handle for the ASA 2014 Annual Meeting is #2014ASA. Visit www.twitter.com to follow the conversation.

Tickets

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. For a list of ticketed events and registration options, visit: http://standwiththeasa.org/registration/.

Ticketed Events

Thursday, November 7, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

International Partnership Luncheon

Westin Bonaventure, Lobby Level Lakeview Bistro (On-site Restaurant)

The International Partnership Luncheon is an event sponsored by the International Committee of the ASA. We welcome all representatives of U.S. and non-U.S. American studies programs interested in exploring possible international partnerships and enhancing existing partnerships. This event offers the possibility for international and U.S. scholars to meet informally around a nice meal at a discounted price. Please sign up for the luncheon when enrolling for the convention, or on-site when registering. Cost of tickets is $15.00. This event is generously underwritten by a grant from the Fisher Foundation.

Friday, November 7, 2014

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast for Program and Center Directors

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 Los Feliz (L1)

We invite all program and center directors, heads, and coordinators who are tasked with growing, strengthening, revising, or reinvigorating our constituent and affiliated programs. Cost of tickets is $20.00. Immediately following the breakfast, the ASA Committee on American Studies Departments, Programs and Centers presents roundtable discussions on The Fun, Fury, Pleasure, Pain, and Process of Program Review and Is there Room for Fun After the Fury?: The State of American Studies Programs, Centers and Departments in 2014.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Minority Scholars' Committee Mentoring Breakfast

Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 Avalon (L3)

Please join us for breakfast in Los Angeles, CA as we present our third annual Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award posthumously to ASA Program Committee co-chair, José E. Muñoz. The Minority Scholars' Committee (MSC) Mentoring Award was named in honor of Professor Richard Yarborough (UCLA) in recognition of his extraordinary efforts as founder of the MSC, and as an exemplary mentor and colleague who helped countless students and junior faculty achieve their full academic potential.

We invite all minority students and faculty, and their allies, to celebrate Dr. Muñoz, make new friends, and consolidate existing mentoring networks. The cost is as follows: senior scholars $20.00, junior scholars $15.00, and graduate students $10.00. Tickets are available for purchase on the ASA's registration website, and a limited number will be available during the convention.

For further information related to the MSC Mentoring Award, please contact Treva Lindsey at lindsey.268@osu.edu.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Women's Brunch

Westin Bonaventure, Level 3 Avalon (L3)

SPEAKER:
Grace Kyungwon Hong, University of California
"Bringing Out The Dead": Women of Color Feminism's Prophetic Vision

Please join us for breakfast in Los Angeles, CA. We invite all students, faculty, and their allies to listen to our speaker, make new friends, and establish or renew scholarly and mentoring networks.

The cost is as follows: senior scholars $20.00, junior scholars $15.00, and graduate students $10.00. Tickets are available for purchase on the ASA's registration website, and a limited number will be available during the convention.

Professional Development Sessions

The Council has charged its standing committees with organizing professional development panels.

Committee on American Studies Departments, Programs, and Centers

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 Los Feliz (L1)

The ASA Committee on American Studies Departments, Programs, and Centers will offer the roundtables: The Fun, Fury, Pleasure, Pain, and Process of Program Review and Is There Room for Fun After the Fury?: The State of American Studies Programs, Centers and Departments in 2014. Kindly consult the program for details.

Committee on Graduate Education

Westin Bonaventure, Palos Verdes (L1), Santa Monica B (L3), and Los Feliz (L1)

The ASA Committee on Graduate Education with offer the sessions: Perfecting Your Pitch: Graduate Student Professionalization with the Pros, An Introduction to Publishing, and The Core of the Field: Required Courses in American Studies Doctoral Education. Kindly consult the program for details.

International Committee

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 San Bernardino (L1), Beaudry A (L1)

The ASA International Committee is pleased to offer the talkshop feature pioneered several years ago and successfully carried out during the last nine 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.

The 2014 talkshops include: Teaching American Studies Transnationally (co-sponsored by the Women's Committee), Promoting New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain in the Americas, and Egyptian Universities Beyond Crisis. Kindly consult the program for details.

Minority Scholars Committee

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 Beaudry B (L1)

The ASA Minority Scholars Committee will offer the roundtable sessions: Session I: Race, Indigeneity, and Structures of Work: Issues of Joint and Contingent Appointments and Race, Indigeneity and Session II: Race, Indigeneity, Structures of Work: Teaching Indigenous Studies and Working in Settler Colonial Contexts. These sessions will continue the committee's work of attending to the particular conditions of work in the academy for scholar-teachers of color, and thinking through the conditions of possibility for historically underrepresented students and faculty generally, as well as for politically-engaged academics broadly. Kindly consult the program for details.

Students' Committee Breakfast Forums

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 Palos Verdes (L1), Los Feliz (L1)

The ASA Students' Committee is pleased to announce the tenth year of the popular Breakfast Forums. These forums will take place on Friday and Saturday and will 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 to students, gratis, courtesy of the Association. All events are first come, first admitted.

The Students' Committee 2014 forums include: Breakfast Forum I: Mock Job Interview Workshop; Breakfast Forum II: Lightning Shorts, On Projects in Progress; New Directions in American Studies; Workshop I: Demystifying Fellowships and Grants, and Workshop II: Anatomy of a Syllabus. Kindly consult the program for details.

The ASA Students Committee would like to thank the following departments and individuals for their generous contributions to the graduate student travel grants program and professional development workshops:

Aimee Bahng
Anthony Stanonis
Chris Newfield
Christina Zwarg
Curtis Marez
Dennis D. Moore
Elizabeth Freeman
Eric Covey
Estelle Freedman
George Washington University, American Studies Department
Jennifer Wicke
Jodi Melamed
Marcia Chatelain
Margaret Wagner
Matthew Jacobson
Misao Ikeno
Nicholas Sammond
Patricia Hills
Penelope Waite
Susan Harris
University of Michigan, American Culture Department
University of Notre Dame, American Studies Department

K–16 Collaboration Committee Workshops

This year's annual meeting will continue to explore opportunities for 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.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Welcome Breakfast for K–16 Collaboration Teachers

Westin Bonaventure, Level 1 La Brea (L1)

This year's annual meeting welcome breakfast will be an opportunity for panelists, partnering organizations, college/university and K–12 teachers to discuss the ways in which they enact social justice pedagogy in their local struggles as youth organizers and educators. Through sharing local contexts, we will explore possibilities for K–16 collaboration.

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, the committee will host the session: Radical Learning in the City of Dreams and Nightmares Autonomous Education in Los Angeles off-site at the Southern California Library (6120 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Following the breakfast on Sunday, November 9, 2014, in the same room, the committee will offer its sessions: Discourses and Acts of "Violence" in the United States Education System and Building Power, Making Change: Tools for Educational/Justice Mobilizations. Kindly consult the program for details.

Book Exhibit

The Convention book exhibit will be held within the California Ballroom on the second level of the Westin Bonaventure. Admission will be by registration badge only. Hours of the book exhibit are:

Friday, November 7  9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 8  9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, November 9  8:30 am – 11:00 am

Childcare Information

The ASA will provide an open space for supervised children to play near meeting and session rooms at its annual meeting. Member-parents, guardians, or sitters are welcome to bring toys to share and to help contribute to making the space fun and safe for all kids to play. This space is supported by conference registration fees and will be available during all meeting hours. There will be no professional childcare provided.

Please contact the concierge desk at the Westin Bonaventure for professional care referrals. Check the hotel's website online or call for information.

Disabled Persons

The Westin Bonaventure 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. For additional assistance, please contact either the hotel or the ASA Office of the Executive Director at annualmeeting@theasa.net.

Convention Headquarters

THE WESTIN BONAVENTURE NOTIFIED US ON OCTOBER 7 THAT IT IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT.

The overflow hotel is the Millennium Biltmore. The Millinneum Hotel has arranged a block of guest rooms for ASA at $159. The reservations call in phone number is: 800-245-8673. Guests will need to mention American Studies Association or the group code: 1411AMSTAN

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-624-1011
0.3 miles from the Westin

The 2014 Convention Headquarters for the American Studies Association Annual Meeting is the Westin Bonaventure where all sessions and events take place.

Headquarters Hotel
Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites
404 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071-1710

Westin Bonaventure Plaza Pool Deck

Westin Bonaventure Lobby Level

Westin Bonaventure Exhibition Level

Westin Bonaventure Second Floor

Westin Bonaventure Third Floor

Transportation

Arrival by Air

Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 18 miles/29 km and 25 minutes from the Westin Bonaventure. LA/Ontario Airport is 42 miles/69 km and 45 minutes from the Westin Bonaventure. Bob Hope Airport is 17 miles/29 km and 25 minutes from the Westin Bonaventure. Long Beach Airport is 25 miles/40 km and 31 minutes from the Westin Bonaventure. All times presume normal traffic conditions.

Travel information from the various regional airports maybe found at their Web sites:

LAX: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=132
LA/Ontario Airport: http://www.lawa.org/welcomeont.aspx
Bob Hope Airport: http://bobhopeairport.com/
Long Beach Airport: http://www.lgb.org/travelers/transit.asp

Customized driving directions from any of the above airports to the hotel may be generated at http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/area /directions.html?propertyID=1004.

Airline Discounts

The following airlines have discounts in place for ASA 2014 conference attendees:

United, Air Canada, Austrian, Tyrolean, Brussels, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, All Nippon

Arrival by Rail

Union Station is the principal interstate rail station within Los Angeles.

The station is served by:

Amtrak: www.amtrak.com
Metrolink (Southern California): www.metrolinktrains.com

Union Station is also a principal Metro Station and Metrobus transfer point. For further information about Union Station, please visit: http://www.metro.net/about/union-station/

Arrival by Automobile

General driving directions to the hotel may be obtained directly from the hotel website: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/area /directions.html?propertyID=1004.

Attendees may obtain driving directions from Google Maps, MapQuest, or similar services. Please be sure to thoroughly check all directions for complications arising from seasonal construction projects, major events, and other such issues.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Information regarding travel by the LACMTA, including the Metro and Metrobus, may be found at http://www.metro.net/around/. Fare and Smartcards for all LACMTA transportation may be purchased inside most Metro Stations. (See map on following page.)

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

There is space for two wheelchairs in each meeting room. Please keep this area, the door, and the aisles clear for persons using wheelchairs, canes, crutches, or motorized vehicles.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing and who use sign language interpreters or read lips should sit where they can see both the speakers and the interpreter. The interpreter may stand close to the speaker within a direct line of sight that allows the audience to view both the speaker and the interpreter. Speakers should be aware of the location of interpreters and attempt to keep this line of vision clear.

Papers, Handouts, and Audiovisuals

Speakers should bring five copies of their papers, even in draft form, for the use of members who wish, or need, to follow a written text. Speakers who use handouts should prepare some copies in large-print format (14- or 16-point font size) and briefly describe all handouts to the audience. Avoid colored papers. Speakers should indicate where to return their papers and handouts.

Allow ample time when referring to a visual aid or handout or when pointing out the location of materials.

When not using an overhead projector, turn it off. This reduces background noise and helps focus attention on the speaker.

Communication/Presentation Style

Speak clearly and distinctly, but do not shout. Use regular speed unless asked to slow down.

Because microphones often fail to pick up voices in the audience, speakers should always repeat questions or statements made by members of the audience. In dialogues or discussions, only one person should speak at a time, and speakers should identify themselves so that audience members know who is speaking.

Avoid speaking from a darkened area of the room. Some people read lips, so the audience should have a direct and clear view of the speaker's mouth and face.

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 5, 2014). After reviewing the program, but not later than one month in advance of the meeting (October 5, 2014), 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.

Audio-Visual Equipment

The ASA will supply all session rooms with a Digital Equipment Package. Included: LCD/multimedia data projector, with speakers, laptop (MS Powerpoint, CD, and DVD capable, PC and MAC compatible), screen, and on site technical support. Not included: live internet connection. If you want additional digital equipment, WIFI, or live internet connection you will have to rent it at your own expense. If you want to use analog equipment such as an Overhead Projector, Slide Projectors, or TV/VCR/DVD's, you will have to bring your own equipment or rent it at your own expense.

We have been asked about the possible use of Skype to accommodate individual panelists who do not attend the meeting in person. This is NOT an option. Skype is a very unsatisfactory medium for video-conferencing with a group. The picture quality when blown up to a necessary size for a group is very poor, and the speaker at the remote location will not be able to identify questioners.

Internet access at Westin Bonaventure

The main Lobby and the Guestrooms have complimentary internet.

Internet Access in the Meeting Rooms at Westin Bonaventure

Wireless is being provided and covers all Meeting Space.

Hardwired:

3 MB/s (shared bandwidth): $200 per day
5 MB/s (dedicated bandwidth with password): $795 per day

There is a service charge of 24% and a tax of 9% applied to all orders by the hotel.

The internet needs to be ordered through sgiles@psav.com and a credit card or account must be set-up with the hotel through the convention services manager.

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