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The ASA promotes meaningful dialogue about the U.S., throughout the U.S. and across the globe. Our purpose is to support scholars and scholarship committed to original research, innovative and effective teaching, critical thinking, and public discussion and debate. We are a network of scholars, teachers, writers, administrators and activists from around the world who hold in common the desire to view U.S. history and culture from multiple perspectives. In addition to being the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of U.S. culture and history in a global context, we are also one of the leading scholarly communities supporting social change.

Our main contributions to the mission of advancing public dialogue about the U.S. are the publication of American Quarterly, the flagship journal in the field; our annual international convention and many regional conventions; and our participation in public discussions of pressing issues related to the field of American Studies and the role of the U.S. in the world.

At our 2015 annual meeting the ASA will pursue these goals through panels, meetings and events based on our conference theme.


The theme of this year's annual meeting, "The Reproduction of Misery and the Ways of Resistance," provided ASA members multiple paths for proposing panels and papers and engaging in the work of the Association. The submissions help to realize what we as Co-Chairs of this year's Program Committee have seen as an especially rich opportunity to consider the systemic and ideological sources of the suffering that seems to spread more and more even as evidence of a gathering movement of change in the streets and on campuses becomes harder to ignore.

As of now, the Toronto meeting is slated to feature 1,638 participants in over 350 sessions, including 297 that were proposed as sessions and 48 that the committee created from individual paper submissions. Along with accepting the 297 sessions, the committee rejected 49, an acceptance rate of 86 percent. We received 344 individual paper proposals, of which we accepted 189 and turned down 155, an acceptance rate of 55 percent. This acceptance of individual paper proposals is somewhat higher than recent years.

Though some might not imagine "misery" a contender alongside the intellectual vibrancy generated by last year's theme of pain and pleasure, the ASA's membership has given pleasure a run for its money. For instance, we can look forward to "The Miseries of Marriage: What Do Queers Lose When We 'Win?'," which will bring together Susan Stryker, Lisa Duggan, Chandan Reddy, and others in an up-to-the-minute assessment of how marriage law affects other queer movements and their fights for economic, racial, and social justice that transcend the politics of homonormativity. Although so much of the discourse surrounding marriage victories focuses on narratives of progress, this panel examines what gets lost after winning marriage.

Marking anniversaries is once again an important part of the program. Contributors to an American Studies special issue on Ralph Ellison, whose centennial was in 2015, will explore facets of his personal relationship with language, writing, notions of race, public intellectual life, and American culture writ large. James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son is fifty this year and one catalyst for the panel "American Studies and the Theoretical Legacies of James Baldwin." This year is also the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Afro-Asian Conference of Non-Aligned States in Bandung, Indonesia. The panel "Non-Aligned" focuses on Bandung as a way to theorize and strategize responses to standing forms of dispossession and empire. By the time of the annual meeting, of course, the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri will be upon us. Among other sessions and papers, we will have an advance screening of Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory, followed by a question and answer session with filmmaker Orlando de Guzman and St. Louis area attorney Brendan Roediger, who has been involved in uncovering much of the evidence used in making the documentary.

We are also looking forward to some special events, including additional film screenings and a performance by Australian-Bengali comedian Aamer Rahman. A law school graduate and former political organizer, Rahman's standup has been described by the National (Abu Dhabi) as "incisive, cutting and controversial observations about society's ills, sprinkled with sardonic humor and pop-culture references." A walking history tour of sites important to the Indigenous present and past, a staged reading of Lisa B. Thompson's "Undergound," and various arts projects are among those creative efforts that assist us in understanding and imagining beyond miserable times.

It is precisely those types of visions that motivated much of our planning for the 2015 conference. Small wonder, then, that in the collaborative space of the Program Committee meetings some equally compelling and exciting topics arose with wonderful scholars, writers, and artists agreeing to participate. We have a panel of Canadian authors—featuring Dionne Brand, Thomas King, and Shyam Selvadurai—who will read from their work; a roundtable to engage literary scholar Lisa Lowe's forthcoming The Intimacies of Four Continents; a number of distinguished scholars in discussion of "Misery and Resistance in the Great Recession"; and a multi-panel series on race and violence. These excavations are, for us, critically significant for the work of a transnational and vigorous American Studies practice that brings light to conditions of dispossession but also highlights the strategies of resistance and performances of solidarity that animate our histories and present.

The work of the Program Committee is among the most rewarding service available to members of the association, but it is also a lot of work and requires an intense amount of concentration and dedication. Thus, we are indebted to Gayatri Gopinath, Michael Innes-Jiménez, Jeannette Eileen Jones, Nadine Suleiman Naber, Jean O'Brien, Jason Ruiz, and Christina Sharpe. We additionally thank site committee coordinator Katherine McKittrick and her team of volunteers. No program committee could hope to complete its work without the expertise of ASA Executive Director John Stephens, as well as Ilyas Abukar, who works with John in the national office. We are both delighted and grateful to Dave Roediger for the honor of entrusting us with this responsibility. Lastly, we appreciate the vibrancy of the ASA's membership, your innovative ideas, and the renewed hope you have brought to us through your submissions.

Welcome to Toronto!

Jennifer Pierce (co-chair), University of Minnesota
Shana L. Redmond (co-chair), University of Southern California
Robert Warrior (co-chair), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Thursday, October 8, 2015

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception/Celebration of Authors/Exhibit Open

Sheraton Centre, Grand W & C Book Exhibits

Join with fellow ASA members in a welcome reception and celebration of authors at the Sheraton Toronto. The Book Exhibit will be open. All members and guests are encouraged to attend. The reception will also honor the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Association for American Studies.

Friday, October 9, 2015

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Annual Awards Ceremony

Sheraton Centre, Civic Ballroom Foyer (next to the Waterfall Garden)

Presentation of the Constance Rourke Prize for the best article in American Quarterly, the Critical Ethnic Studies Prize for the best paper presented in comparative ethnic studies at the annual meeting, the Wise-Susman Prize for the best student paper at the convention, the Yasuo Sakakibara Prize for the best paper presented by an international scholar at the meeting, the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best dissertation in American studies, the Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize, the John Hope Franklin Best Book Publication Prize, the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty, the Mary C. Turpie Prize for outstanding teaching, advising, and program development in American studies, the Angela Y. Davis Prize for outstanding public scholarship, and the Bode-Pearson Prize for outstanding contributions to American studies.

Note: The 2015 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award will be presented at the Minority Scholars Mentoring Breakfast on Saturday, October 10.

Robert Warrior, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and president-elect, American Studies Association

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Presidential Address: Troubling Solidarities: The Promises and Presumptions of Unity from Bacon's Rebellion to Black Lives Matter

Sheraton Centre, Grand Ballroom East

David R. Roediger, University of Kansas, and president, American Studies Association

The spectacular insurgencies that have matured in response to the vigilante murder of Trayvon Martin and the many murders by police of mostly young Black women and men have brought outpourings of solidarity and important debates over what forms such solidarity should take. In Ferguson, Minneapolis and elsewhere, for example, demonstrators collectively debated whether protesters who were not Black ought to raise their hands in "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" chants. Much like debates over whites wearing "I Am Trayvon Martin" t-shirts, these discussions aimed to trouble a too easy discussion of unity by pointing out that some populations face threats of extralegal, but typically un-penalized, violence in ways very different from others. Embryonic movement debates over whether the sometimes too flatly invoked role of "ally" ought to give way to "accomplice" as an ideal way of participating in a Black-led movement by those who are not Black. At the same time the bringing together of questions of state violence and police racism with the rights of immigrants went largely unrealized and labor solidarity with Ferguson was impressive only within a discourse that expects almost nothing.

This presidential address is very much interested in such recent debates and in the deeply impressive solidarities that matured in and beyond Ferguson among Black, queer and Palestinian movements. In one sense we are well-positioned to understand the problem of solidarity, benefitting as we do from scholarship showing how often inclusion of some in categories such as American, or free, or workingman, or white has been premised on exclusion of others. On the other hand, awareness of such realities coexists with a surprisingly broad willingness to see moments such as Bacon's Rebellion or slogans such as "An injury to one is an injury to all" as almost magical in their ability to express shining, possibilities of a logic of unity that only needs to be embraced not deeply interrogated and struggled over. Indeed, ever four years a large share of the number of U.S. radical thinkers accede to the view that failure to set a firm agenda for anti-imperialism, reproductive freedom, anti-racism, or labor rights is the very essence of smart, pragmatic progressive electoral politics.

Beginning with a discussion of the musical history that leads from the African American ring shout "Oh, Brother," to "John Brown's Body," to "Battle Hymn of the Republic," to "Solidarity Forever," the talk argues that the causes of Black survival, revolutionary abolitionism, radicalization of citizenship, and working class self-emancipation were experienced in proximity and overlapped. Such a context makes the failure of most of the U.S. past and present to realize Frederick Douglass' hope that "All good causes are mutually helpful" require not so much urgent as patient explication.

Offering mostly historical and some contemporary examples to this end, the address begins with recent understandings by radical historians of Bacon's Rebellion as a class rebellion uniting the Black and white poor against colonial elites. On this view the insurgency so shook the foundations of domination as to catalyze a turn by planters to racial slavery as a system of exploitation and social control. Such a story, so containing important insights, erases the centrality of the demand for accelerated dispossession of Indians within the rebels' program. The problems of why left scholars sometimes prefer simplicity and how to treat stories in which there was almost no record of solidarity over long periods, for example labor and Native Americans or labor and Chinese immigrant rights, also deserve attention. Other emphases include the question of citizenship as a presumed goal of solidarity, a topic in part broached through an examination of W.E.B. Du Bois' brief campaign to build an "anti-Nordic" alliance in the 1920s.

9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

President's Reception

Sheraton Centre, Grand Foyer Reception

The ASA President's Reception is generously supported by the American Studies Department of the University of Kansas, Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, and the Chicago Surrealist Group.

10:00 pm – close

Post-Presidential Mash Up at Harlem

After the ASA Presidential address and reception join us at Harlem for a Mash Up. The DJ duo, Bigger than Hip Hop, will provide a diverse range of beats, mashing up Soca, Electro, Reggae, Hip Hop, top 40 and UK Funky. 10:00 pm: arrive at 67 Richmond Street East or Cost $8.00 at door and cash bar.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

To Keep from Crying: Aamer Rahman Stand-Up

Sheraton Centre, Grand East

To laugh is, in some very real ways, to know that one lives. In the midst of global inequalities, pleasure can and often does, whether recognized or not, provide a type of freedom and release—an opportunity to remember again that there are alternatives to the frightening present. This is especially true for communities of color who have suffered the violence of racial taxonomies and their attendant dispossession. As scholar Glenda Carpio writes, "... to confront the maddening illusions of race and the insidiousness of racism we may just need to laugh long and hard, perhaps in the tragicomic notes of the blues or in the life-affirming spirit of righteous insurgency." This stand-up performance will give participants of the ASA an opportunity to laugh—freely but thoughtfully—under the guidance of comedian Aamer Rahman. A law school graduate and former political organizer, Rahman is an Australian-Bengali comic whose stand-up was described by The National (Abu Dhabi) as "incisive, cutting and controversial observations about society's ills, sprinkled with sardonic humor and pop-culture references." His take on comedy is an extension of his work as half of Fear of a Brown Planet, an award-winning comedic team that he co-founded. Rahman draws heavily on national political issues and debates (over immigration and Islamaphobia, for example) as well as the structures that tie together the experiences and cultures of numerous global communities. His 2013 "reverse racism" routine received more than 1.5 million views on YouTube, launching him internationally and garnering him a number of accolades, including an opening spot for U.S. comedian Dave Chappelle and favorable reviews from Britain's The Guardian. Rahman's performance will usher to the ASA stage an important method in the "ways of resistance" by displaying how laughter can re-enliven and mobilize our collective resilience and imagination.

This event is co-sponsored by The Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

(adopted November 11, 2004)

WHEREAS, hotel union representation raises wages, supplies benefits, and protects worker dignity, thereby insuring that economic growth benefits a workforce often composed of people of color, and particularly women of color; and

WHEREAS, the American Studies Association's decision to hold meetings in union or non-union hotels strengthens or weakens the ability of these workers and their unions to secure better working conditions and contribute to equitable urban growth;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Studies Association will adopt, as part of its standing rules, a policy of union preference in negotiating hotel and service contracts for the Annual Meeting and for any other meetings organized by the Association; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that those responsible for negotiating and administering said contracts shall, in accordance with this policy of union preference:

(A) select a union hotel and/or service provider if any such provider(s) respond(s) to a request for proposals; and
(B) take active measures to support workers in any labor disputes arising at a contracted hotel, such that meeting attendees will be not compelled to cross picket lines or violate a boycott; and
(C) add labor disputes to the standard escape clause in any ASA contract for convention hotels and meetings.

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The American Studies Association is committed to being an inclusive, non-discriminatory organization. Registration is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Purchase conference registration, tour, and special events tickets at the ASA e-commerce site, Even if paying by check, attendees must still register and purchase tickets from the ASA e-commerce site. 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 (employed part time) $85.00
ASA member or international affiliate (student or unemployed) $75.00
Nonmembers $200.00
Nonmembers (employed part time) $110.00
Nonmember (student or unemployed) $100.00

Registration Hours

The ASA registration desk at the Sheraton Toronto will be open the following hours:

Wednesday, October 7 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 8 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, October 9 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 10 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 11 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 2015 Annual Meeting, you will find a category marked "carbon offset." Like all other event fees, this category is optional. There is no obligation to participate. Rather, we have added the category as a useful service that the ASA can provide to our membership: the option to offset carbon emissions that may result from your travel to our annual meeting.

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

The cost to purchase Carbon Offset (@ 1 ton) to cover average travel to Toronto, Canada is $15.00.

Program Book

The printed program should be picked up on-site at the conference registration desk. An electronic version of the program book is also available:

Off Site Events for ASA



Download the ASA Annual Meeting to your phone, tablet, or mobile device! With the 2015 conference app, you can browse sessions, search the program, participate in ASA surveys, receive push notifications from the conference organizers, and find places to explore in Toronto with friends and colleagues alike. The app works across all mobile device platforms. Simply search for the "American Studies Association" in the app store. (Available September 2015.)


The Twitter handle for the ASA 2015 Annual Meeting is #2015ASA. To help with tweeting, we have included twitter handles on badges. Live-tweeting from sessions is encouraged, unless a presenter asks you not to. If you are presenting material that you wish not to be live-tweeted, please say so explicitly at the beginning of your presentation. When live-tweeting from sessions, we suggest using the session number provided in the Program.


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.

Ticketed Events

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.

Thursday, October, 8, 2015

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

First Story Indigenous Toronto Walking Tour

Sponsored by the Site Resources Committee

Natalie Coulter (, Katherine McKittrick (, and Jill Carter (

The First Story Tour with Jill Carter is a three-hour walking tour of indigenous Toronto, focusing specifically on pre-contact and historical landmarks illustrating the Indigenous presence in the city. Meet Jill Carter in the Hotel Lobby at 10:00 am. 30 spots. All participant fees go to First Story Tours. Download the FIRST STORY APP (Apple or Android) for free. Cost of tickets is $10.00.

Sign up online at "First Story" button at

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

International Partnership Luncheon

Sheraton Centre, Sheraton Hall A

We welcome all representatives of U.S. and non-U.S. American studies programs interested in exploring possible international partnerships as well as existing partnerships. The luncheon will feature an address by Eric Sandeen (University of Wyoming) who will talk about his decade-long work for the IC and about his extended personal and institutional experiences with inter- nationalizing American Studies.

This event is generously underwritten by a grant from the Fisher Foundation. Cost of tickets is $15.00.

Sign up online at the "Partnership Luncheon" button at

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

First Peoples Resistances and Rebellions Tour at the Royal Ontario Museum

Sponsored by the Site Resources Committee

Natalie Coulter ( and Katherine McKittrick (

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has organized a private one hour gallery discussion on the themes of First Peoples Resistance and Rebellions. Assistant Curator of Anthropology, Kenneth Lister, will explore the themes of resistance and rebellion of First Peoples cultures in relation to colonial and postcolonial assimilationist tactics. The tour will explore topics such as: issues of "ownership" of First Peoples cultural objects, gallery design in response to historic interpretations of Indigenous cultures, response to treaty rights, objects as agents of empowerment, and the residential school system as represented in the artwork of Jane Ash Poitras. Meet Natalie Coulter ( in Hotel Lobby at 2 pm and take TTC to ROM. 25 spots. Cost of tickets is $25 ($20 with a valid student ID).

Sign up online at the AGO "First Peoples" button at:

Friday, October 9, 2015

8:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Breakfast for Program and Center Directors

Sheraton Centre, Sheraton Hall A

We invite all program and center directors, heads, and coordinators who are tasked with growing, strengthening, revising, or reinvigorating our constituent and affiliated programs. Immediately following the breakfast, in the same room, the ASA Committee on American Studies Departments, Programs and Centers presents a roundtable discussion on "American Studies on a Shoe-String ... When You're the Shoe-String." Cost of tickets is $20.00.

Sign up online at the "Networking Breakfast" button at

11:00 am 1:00 pm

Camera Atomica Tour at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Co-sponsored by the Material Culture and Visual Culture Caucuses

Natasha Bissonauth ( and Matt Johnston (

Curator Sophie Sackett will lead ASA members on a tour of the exhibition, Camera Atomica, which looks at the relationship between photography and things atomic. The show will include a range of photographic material by well-known artists as well as less-known makers, press photographs, and ephemera. 25 spots. $16 ($9 with a valid student ID).

Sign up online at AGO "Camera Atomica" button at:

(NB: The ASA Site Resources Committee will also be hosting a "Misery" tour of the AGO on Saturday October 10, 2 pm – 3 pm.)

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Evergreen Brick Works Tour and Walking Tour of Lower Don River

Sponsored by the Site Resources Committee

Natalie Coulter ( and Katherine McKittrick (

Evergreen Brick Works Tour

Evergreen Brick Works is revitalized industrial space, where the misery and degradation of an abandoned brick factory devoid of nature has been reclaimed as a global showcase for green design and urban innovation. The tour will touch on the key themes related to the site, such as Sustainability, Heritage, Graffiti, Art and Geology and will take you into buildings new and old.

Lower Don River Tour

Afterwards, hike the Don River, a wildest part of Toronto's urban jungle. Explore the past of Toronto as the river has supported and sustained everything from millionaires to prisoners of war; from booming industry to burgeoning conservationism. The tour concludes at the Distillery District, an internationally acclaimed pedestrian-only village that is home to unique cafes, award winning restaurants and art galleries.

Cost and Other Details

$12 ($10 for students) for only the Brick Works Site Tour

$25 ($20 for students) for Brick Works tour and Don Valley Hike25 spots available

Lunch, available at the end of the Brick Works tour, is not included in cost.

Sign Up Online at "BrickWorks/Don Valley" or "BrickWorks" button at


12:00 pm: Meet Natalie Coulter at Hotel Lobby and take TTC to Brick Works
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Brick Works Tour
2:00 pm – 2.30 pm: Snack Break (not included in cost)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Lower Don River Walk

Saturday, October 10, 2015

8:00 am 10:00 am

Minority Scholars Committee Mentoring Breakfast

Sheraton Centre, Sheraton Hall A

Please join us for breakfast in Toronto, Canada, as we present our fourth annual Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award. 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 the winner, make new friends, and consolidate existing mentoring networks. At the breakfast, we will also recognize the winner of the Minority and Indigenous Student Travel Award, a collaborative effort between the MSC and the ASA's Ethnic Studies Committee. Please come and share this opportunity to honor and practice mentorship and build community. The cost is as follows: senior scholars $20.00, junior scholars $15.00, and graduate students $10.00.

Sign up online at the "Mentoring Breakfast" button at

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Women's Networking Brunch

Sheraton Centre, Sheraton Hall B

This is a networking brunch for senior scholars, junior scholars, and graduate students, sponsored by the Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies (formerly the Women's Committee). We invite all women faculty and their allies committed to this endeavor to attend. This year's speaker is Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) of the University of Victoria. The title of her talk is "Colonial Criminalities: The Making of the Savage in Lawless Lands." The cost is as follows: senior scholars $20.00, junior scholars $15.00, and graduate students $10.00.

Sign up online at the "Women's Brunch" button at

2:00 pm3:00 pm

Misery Tour at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Sponsored by the Site Resources Committee

Natalie Coulter ( and Katherine McKittrick (

With the assistance of the Art Gallery of Ontario we have arranged a private one-hour "Misery" tour for ASA members. The Education Officer will take participants to various exhibits that attend to representations of misery, unhappiness and grief, with the underlying provocation that "ways of resistance" are always embedded in texts of sadness and sorrow. 1:30 pm: Meet Maya Stitski and Kara Melton in Hotel Lobby and walk to AGO. Limited to 25 spots only. Cost of tickets is $16 (or $9 with a valid student ID).

Sign up online at AGO "Misery Tour" button at

(NB: The Material and Visual Culture Caucus will also be hosting a tour of Camera Atomica at the AGO on Friday October 9, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.)

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm


Boodle Fight: Competitive Eating, Toronto's Foodways, and the Philippine Diaspora

Bella's Lechon, 1139 Morningside Ave., Toronto, ON Canada M1B 0A7

Daniel Bender ( and Marc De Leon (

A boodle fight is a carnivalesque eating competition in which all ranks of the Philippine Army gather around banana leaf covered tables to feast on meats (including lechon, roast, crispy skin pig), fish, and vegetables piled on mounds of rice. The boodle fight has reappeared in the diaspora as a new form of culinary tourism, drawing migrants and curious customers to Toronto's growing number of Philippine restaurants. Sponsored by the Culinaria Research Centre, this boodle fight will be held at Bella's Lechon, located in the heart of Scarborough, Canada's largest immigrant gateway and the east end of Toronto. Savour Philippine specialities, key examples of the foodways of this diverse city, while considering, specifically, the remarkable transformation of a gendered postcolonial military ritual in the context of migrant meals and diasporic dining. 7:30 pm: Meet in Hotel Lobby. Limited to 35 spots only. Cost including transport from the Sheraton is $38 (or $28 with a valid student ID); alcohol is extra.

Sign up online at the "Boodle Fight" button at

Sunday, October 11, 2015

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jane's Walk Tour

Sponsored by the Site Resources Committee

Natalie Coulter ( and Katherine McKittrick (

In the sprit of Jane Jacobs, an activist and urban visionary, Jane's Walks embody Jacob's belief in the importance of local residents having input on how their neighbourhoods develop. Jacobs encouraged people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live, work and play. The theme of this Jane's Walk will contain the themes of urban misery, and the conflicts, struggles and resistances of Toronto residents. All fees will go to Jane's Walk Toronto. 20 spots available. 10:00 am meet in Hotel Lobby. Cost $5.00 per person.

Sign up online at "Jane's Walk" button at

Students Committee Breakfasts

Sheraton Centre, Sheraton Hall B

The ASA Students' Committee is pleased to announce the eleventh year of its popular buffet breakfast which is available to student registrants, gratis, courtesy of the Association from 8:00 am – 11:00 am on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, 2015.

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:

Hill, Rebecca
La Fountain, Lawrence
Lefresne, Brian
Lott, Eric
Matsukawa, Yuko
McCracken, Allison
Rodriguez, Juana Maria
Sammond, Nic
Seigel, Micol
Shockley, Evie
Takacs, Stacy
Zwarg, Christina
University of Michigan, American Culture Department

Welcome Breakfast for K–16 Collaboration Teachers

Sheraton Centre Chestnut East

This welcome breakfast, gratis, courtesy of the Association, 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 organizers and educators. The breakfast will be held from 7:15 am – 8:00 am on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Featured Sessions

The Program Committee has organized several special sessions on issues and themes that will be of interest to large numbers of ASA members. The Program Committee's hope is that these sessions will generate extensive conversation among meeting participants about common interests and concerns. Some are also meant to forge a common ground between the ASA and the larger Toronto public. In the pages that follow, grey shading highlights each of the special sessions.

Note: An individual may serve on one featured panel and on one scholarly or professional development panel.

Professional Development Sessions

The Council has charged its editorial boards and standing committees with organizing professional development panels. Kindly consult the program for details.

American Quarterly

American Quarterly Review and Editorial Process

Hokulani Aikau, Elizabeth Colwill, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Richard C. Rath, Henry Yu, Stacy Nojima

American Quarterly Special Issue on Pacific Currents

Paul Lyons, David A. Chang, Hokulani Aikau, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Craig Santos Perez, Kealani Cook, Alfred Peredo Flores

Re-situating American Quarterly in Hawai'i, Pacific, and Asia

Mari Yoshihara, Monisha Das Gupta, Vernadette Vicuna Gonzalez, Laura Lyons, Chih-ming Wang, Yujin Yaguchi

Committee on American Studies Departments, Programs, and Center

American Studies on a Shoe-String ... When You're the Shoe-String

Oneka LaBennett, Lynnell Thomas, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Krystyn R. Moon, Griselda Thomas, Mimi Thi Nguyen

Beyond the Buzz? The Pleasures and Miseries of Internationalization

Hans T. Bak, Deborah Cohn, Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Udo Hebel, Hsinya Huang, Eric Sandeen, Bryce Traister

What Is This Thing Called Interdisciplinarity?

Rebecca Nell Hill, Andrew Ross, Wendy Kozol, Shelley Streeby, Julie Sze, Kevin Murphy

Committee on Graduate Education

Perfecting Your Pitch: Graduate Student Professionalization with the Pros

Moderated by Kristin Ann Hass

Precarious Resistance to the University of Austerity

Ben Chappell, Kerry Knerr, Sara Matthiesen, Michael O'Bryan, Lilian Radovac, Jason Zachary Resnikoff, Anna Waltman

The Ethics of Graduate Education in the 21st Century Academy

Lisa Guerrero, Chris Newfield, Roshanak Kheshti, Regina N. Bradley, Scott Poulson-Bryant, Malathi Iyengar

Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies

Globalizing Sexuality in the Queer Studies Curriculum

Gregory Mitchell, Marcia Ochoa, Elias Krell, Kareem Khubchandani, Paul Amar, Evren Savci

Critical Ethnic Studies Committee

Ethnic Studies Past, Present and Future at the University of California, San Diego

Damian Bracamontes, Yen Le Espiritu, Daphne Taylor-García, Dayo Gore, Mattie Harper, Ruby Tapia, Curtis Marez

International Committee (Talkshops)

American Studies and the U.S. State

Alex Lubin, Donald Pease, Patrick McGreevy, Gesa Mackenthun, Liam Kennedy, I-Ping Liang, Elspeth Brown, Oliver Scheiding

Indigenous and Critical Race Perspectives on Transnational Power

Sharon Holland, Scott Morgensen, Jodi Byrd, Glen Coulthard, Tiya Miles, Sherene Razack

The Locations of American Studies

Bryce Traister, Joni Adamson, Tzu-I Chung, Dalia El-Shayal, Jang Wook Huh, William Nessly, Hsinya Huang, Brian K. Goodman, Lianggong Luo

K–16 Collaboration Committee

In Anger and Violence: The Cruxes of Misery through U.S. Public Schooling

Connie Wun, Sabina Vaught, Erica Meiners, Therese Quinn, Subini Ancy Annamma, Lynette Parker

Radical Partnerships: Building Sustainable Academic, Activist and Community Collaborations

Natalie Havlin, Jessi Quizar, Claudia Garcia-Rojas, Sameena Eidoo, Anna Kurhajec, Amrah Salomon

The Carceral University I (co-sponsored with the Critical Prison Studies Caucus)

Rob Scott, Connie Wun, Danny Murillo, Victoria Bryan, Georgia M. Roberts, Anoop Mirpuri, Tamara Lee Spira

The Carceral University II (co-sponsored with the Critical Prison Studies Caucus)

Shana Agid, Priya Kandaswamy, Micol Seigel, Galen Baughman, James Kilgore

Minority Scholars Committee

The Business of Diversity

Kiara Maria Vigil, Frances Aparicio, Tayana Hardin, Sujani Reddy, Mérida M. Rúa

The Invisibility and Performance of Labor of Diversity

Habiba Ibrahim, Lauren Araiza, Julietta Hua, Randy Ontiveros

Regional Chapters Committee

A Discussion with ASA Regional Student Award Winners

Brett Mizelle, Hervé Mayer, Kalima Young, Caitlin Black, Tyler Jackson Rogers, Joseph M. Thompson, Mark Metzler Sawin

Students' Committee

Innovative Assignments

Amy K King, Tanja Aho, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Matthew Pratt Guterl, Kathryn Lofton, Shana L. Redmond

Job Materials

Kritika Agarwal, Aureliano Maria DeSoto, Duchess Harris, Cynthia Wu, Mary Cathryn Cain

Lightning Shorts, On Projects in Progress

Thomas Dichter, Brian Lefresne, Jenny LeRoy, Jennifer Loft, Juhi Roy, Sarah Stanford-McIntyre, Christopher Elias

Mock Job Interview

Genevieve Alva Clutario, Alyosha Goldstein, Christina Hanhardt, Amanda Stuckey

Overcoming Misery: Accessing Structures of Support in the University

Deborah R. Vargas, Christopher Eng, Liat Ben-Moshe, Nicole R. Fleetwood, Ann Cvetkovich, Bethany Moreton, Marisol LeBrón

Note: An individual may serve on one professional development panel and on one featured or scholarly panel.

Internet Access at Sheraton Toronto

The main guestrooms have complimentary internet. Wireless is being provided and covers all exhibit and meeting space.

Book Exhibit

The book exhibit will be held in the Sheraton Centre, Grand W & C. Admission will be by registration badge only. Hours of the book exhibit are:

Friday, October 9 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, October 10 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, October 11 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Convention Headquarters

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2M9 Canada
Phone: (416) 361-1000

Hotel Reservations:

To make your hotel reservation, please visit the following link, or call either 416-361-1000 or 1-888-627-7175.

The Sheraton is now sold out on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 and on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

ASA convention guest room rates are $150.00 CAD for single/double occupancy, $30 for each additional occupant. Available October 6–11, 2015. Group rate available until September 6, 2015. Subject to availability.

Click to view hotel floorplan.

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 Sheraton Toronto for professional care referrals. Check the hotel's website online or call for information.

Disabled Persons

The Sheraton Centre 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 can contact Sharon Lim ( or 416-814-1344 for assistance.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms

The Sheraton Center will provide gender-neutral bathrooms that are accessible to conference attendees in the conference areas and they will be clearly designated.

Gender neutral restrooms are in "Grand Foyer" across from the high traffic book exhibit space.

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.

Visiting Canada


You will need a valid passport if you are traveling to the convention from outside Canada. Make sure your passport is current. United States passport orders and renewals can take four to six weeks to process.

Visas, Reentry, and Other Restrictions

Find out more about visiting Canada and about whether you need a visa for the 2015 convention. Students in the United States on F-1 visas can find out about requirements for reentry on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Web site.

Canada may deny entry to persons who are deemed inadmissible because of crime convictions, certain health issues, serious financial problems, and other reasons. For admissibility information visit


Arrival by Air

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ): 30 min/15 miles/30 km from the Sheraton Toronto.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport (YTZ): 10 min/5 miles/3 km from the Sheraton Toronto.

All times presume normal traffic conditions.

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

Toronto Pearson International Airport:
Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport:

Customized driving directions from any of the above airports to the hotel may be generated at:

Taxi Information

One way taxi to/from Toronto Island Airport (YTZ) will be approximately $20 CAD

One way taxi to/from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) will be approximately $65 CAD

One way taxi to/from Toronto Coach Bus Terminal will be approximately $6 CAD

One way taxi to/from Union Station will be approximately $6 CAD

Union Pearson Express (UP Express) Information

The Union Pearson Express train (UP Express) provides transportation between Pearson International Airport and Union Station in Downtown Toronto every 15 minutes (19 hours a day between 5:30 am and 1 am,) 7 days a week. It is approximately a 10 minute walk to the hotel from Union Station.

Fees: Per person one-way:

Adult – $27.50 CAD
Student – $23.40 CAD
Senior – $23.40 CAD
Child – $13.75 CAD

Prices are subject to change and are at the discretion of Metrolinx. For more information, you may contact UP Express at or visit

Airline Discounts

The following airlines have discounts in place for ASA 2015 conference attendees:

Air Canada

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

Delta, KLM, Air France, Alitalia:

Arrival by Automobile

To see multiple driving options to the Sheraton Toronto, please visit

Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel valet parking ($50 CAD per day with in/our privileges). For more information, please visit

To see Toronto parking lots within proximity of the Sheraton, please visit

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.

Arrival by Rail

Union Station is the primary railway station and intercity transportation facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on Front Street West, on the south side of the block bounded by Bay Street and York Street in downtown Toronto. It is approximately a 10 minute walk to the hotel from Union Station.

Via Rail's Meetings and Conventions program helps you save with a discounted convention fare. Enjoy wireless internet access, comfortable seating and scenic views—a productive and efficient way to get to and from your meeting. For more information please visit

For further information about Union Station, please visit:

Public Transportation:

Toronto Transit Commission provides public transportation in Toronto. Information about TTC can be found here:

Toronto Visitors Guide

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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, 2015). After reviewing the program, but not later than one month in advance of the meeting, 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 conference staff and hotel security are available to respond immediately should the conference attendees and functions be subject to disruption by either registered or non-registered individuals. Should such a disruption occur—such as concern over an individual's behavior—please tweet the security concern to #2015ASA for immediate assistance.

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 advance written consent of the authors. Permission must be obtained prior to recording, not after the fact. 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. The ASA reserves the right to revoke registration of anyone who records sessions without appropriate permissions.

Permission to Record Session

It is the policy of the American Studies Association that your presentation cannot be filmed or disseminated without your permission. If you are amenable to having your presentation recorded (audio and/or video), we ask that you indicate your approval in writing. This agreement does not address your intellectual property rights to the materials presented in any way, but it does grant the individual or organization recording the event a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free right to record and distribute your presentation in electronic or other media formats. The requesting individual or organization bears responsibility to obtain your approval and to provide confirmation in writing to the ASA headquarters.

Note: The ASA reserves the right to use images and recordings of the conference and those in attendance for educational and promotional purposes.

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