The ASA promotes meaningful dialogue about the United States, 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 a view of U.S. history and culture from multiple perspectives. The oldest 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 United States 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 United States in the world.

At our 2017 annual meeting, the ASA will pursue these goals through panels, meetings and events based on our conference theme.


When we first generated the conference theme, "Pedagogies of Dissent," in the spring of 2016, we could not have anticipated how timely and relevant it would be in capturing the variety of collective responses to the tumultuous political events that occurred in the fall of 2016. Given the deadline for submissions on February 1st, just two weeks into the transition to a new federal administration in the U.S. and amidst the quite visible public mobilizations worldwide, panel proposals and paper submissions reflected the collective outrage and anxieties of that moment. But more importantly, they reminded us of the razor-sharp insights that the best of American Studies scholarship can offer to make critical sense of the heightened unpredictability and intensified precarity that continue to be felt so widely.

The Chicago meeting will reflect the astonishing breadth and volume of submissions, with 2,130 participants in 440 sessions, including 374 that were proposed as sessions and 66 that the committee created from individual paper submissions. Along with accepting the 374 sessions, the committee rejected 32, an acceptance rate of 92 percent. We received 387 individual paper proposals, of which we accepted 263 and turned down 124, an acceptance rate of 68 percent.

Across these sessions and individual papers, the two anchoring terms "pedagogies" and "dissent" are each taken up, modified, and refracted through other alignments, dissonant juxtapositions, and inventive reorderings. In addition to the oppositional tenor of dissent, liberatory pedagogies call for multiple orientations and registers ranging from skepticism, satire, and refusal to joy, pleasure, and the fantastic. Several sessions and individual papers underscore the lively thrum of the classroom and its layered nodes of relationality vulnerability, entanglement, solidarity, love and self-love. In addition to the analysis and theorization of classroom practices, proposals were creatively invested in collaboration with students that emphasized critical thinking for and as a long view. We were thrilled to receive many proposals that bypassed the current conflation between "classroom" and "battleground." Instead, there was a refreshing curiosity for a collective, non-expedient classroom ethos that pressed beyond the reactive roles that have sometimes been made available by trigger warnings and safe spaces. Across the proposals there was a palpable population of dedicated teachers nascent and veteran educators, tenured and adjunct professors, graduate assistants and independent scholars who are still at work in the transformative activity of thinking together with students despite the prevalence of anti-intellectual and cynical working conditions. Teachers are still working with what we can, but with an invigorated openness to new objects, methods, and tools, be they ephemeral or digital. The program also features a wide and deep array of critical formulations of dissent as creative practice, embodied sensation, and sonic landscape. Some papers probe dissent through its varied figurations, genres, and archives while others attend closely to its gestures, choreographies, and praxes. Another cluster of panels and papers consider the spatial matrix of dissent through mapping specific intimacies and proximities that also open out to wider topographies and geopolitics. Finally, there is a resonant thread among proposals that grapple with the exigent and desirous temporalities of both teaching and dissent: duration, survival, fugitivity, sanctuary, abolition, resurgence, revolution, justice and futurity.

The program features multiple conversations organized around urgent problems that command dissent in our present moment including several sessions on the recent struggles at Standing Rock, on campus sexual assaults and Title IX, on Black Lives Matter, Islamophobia, anti-semitism, fascism, and the targeting of undocumented immigrants. A number of panels take the long view, tracing histories of dissent that have much to teach us about the present as well, including earlier student protests, anti-censorship struggles, anti-lynching campaigns, AIDS activism, and anti-slavery organizing. Several panels remind us that 2017 marks the anniversaries of events and individuals that might anchor our critical conversations about the transmission of cultural and political practices of dissent, including the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective's landmark "Black Feminist Statement" of 1977, the centenary of the mighty Chicago poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and the 140th anniversary of the strikes by railroad workers that proliferated in 1877 in more than a dozen cities, including Chicago. Proposals also reflected a commitment to de-centering the U.S., by activating critical inquiry into the histories and practices of dissent in transnational and non-U.S. contexts on panels such as the "Geopolitics of Dissent," as well as on panels on Cuba, Palestine, and Philippine transnationalism. These invite collective address of a range of topics with both long-lived and immediate exigencies.

In the spirit of our invitation for proposals in alternative formats to the traditional academic panel, the Program Committee will sponsor several workshops, teach-ins, and a panel titled, "The Dissent Mixtape," which will be accompanied by a specially curated program soundtrack. "The Blues Epistemology" is a double-session that takes flight from Clyde Woods' work. The breakdown of the false binary between art and activism in pedagogical practice was another inspiring current in the proposals and will feature prominently in "Technologies of Dissent: A Workshop on Organized Resistance in the Digital Age" On Saturday, there are two Program Committee-sponsored sessions that likewise focus on K–12 education: "Educators Unite!," which foregrounds labor organizing across all levels of education, and "Troubling schools+prisons: A Troublemakers' Teach-In," which is co-organized with the K–16 Collaboration Committee. We think these sessions will resonate with those that focus on youth and activism, including the session featuring Chicago's Black Youth Project, also sponsored by the Program Committee. The International Committee will host three "Talkshops." We anticipate these gatherings to become experimental laboratories with practical take-aways.

Multiple proposals took up the activist ground that is the Chicago metropolitan area in spirit if not always in name and we are truly excited to see how these local shimmers can push the limits of what we think we know about intersectional work. Among these is the session that features the Albany Park Theatre Project, which we are very pleased to announce will be the 2017 annual meeting Artist-in-Residence. The APTP is a Chicago-based, multiethnic, youth theater ensemble dedicated to art, to youth, and social justice: "At APTP, people directly impacted by sociopolitical issues create original plays that humanize those issues with intellectual rigor, fervent humanity, and vibrant imagination." The APTP will bring these creative and critical energies will into our meeting. Chicago also holds center of attention in a presidential plenary on "Chicago Latinidades." Encouraging attendees to get out into Chicago, the program features several events and activities that are inspired by organizations and work done in the city. A series of tours will be coupled with the program session, "Public Art and Activism in U.S. Cities," which is organized and sponsored by the Site Resources Committee. This session focuses particularly on neighborhoods where people of color have lived, worked, and engaged in community activism, in part, through creating and supporting vibrant forms of public art. Three different tours of the Bronzeville, Argyle, and Pilsen neighborhoods, which will be led by session panelists, will allow attendees to experience these arts first hand; please keep an eye out for tour registration information!

In addition to the members of the Site Resources Committe Roderick Ferguson, Nadine Naber, E. Patrick Johnson, Jodi Melamed, and A. Naomi Paik , we would like to thank the members of the Program Committee for their hard work, good cheer and silent dancing: Cindy Cheng, Laura Gutiérrez, Nicole King, Regina Kunzel, Edwin Mayorga, Beth Piatote, Rinaldo Walcott, and Chi-ming Yang.

Laura Kang, Program Chair
Siobhan Somerville, Program Chair
Alex Vazquez, Program Chair



6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Dissent Mixtape

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency B, Ballroom Level West Tower

This session, together with the actual Dissent Mixtape for this annual meeting produced by ASA member and special conference assistant Michael Casiano, acknowledges the key role that music has played in the activation, expression, and affirmation of dissent. It also recognizes music as a pedagogy i.e., not only the role that formal music education has played in the sustenance of the social hierarchies of the colonial-modern world, but also the inducement to radical sensibilities, queer politics, and alternative social formations that accompany both formal and informal musical training. The form of the mixtape itself the compilation, the sharing of which is a sign and a producer of intimacy itself suggests the life of music in the pedagogies of dissent. Panelists will offer comments in a roundtable format that engage these and other ideas.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception/Celebration of Authors/Exhibit Open

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, Lobby Level West Tower

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


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Annual Awards Ceremony

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Foyer

PRESIDING: Roderick Ferguson, University of Illinois at Chicago and president-elect, American Studies Association

Presentation of the Constance Rourke Prize for the best article in American Quarterly, 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 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.

8:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Presidential Address: Pedagogies of Dissent

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency AB, Ballroom Level West Tower

Kandice Chuh, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and president, American Studies Association

The variety, intensity, and regularity of the curtailment of our ability as educators to orient and organize teaching and learning, to express dissent at times, it seems, simply by virtue of the bodies with which we inhabit the academy cannot go unnoticed. Legislated curricular restrictions, withdrawal or refusal of funding and other kinds of support, termination of employment or refusal to hire, suspension, imprisonment, restrictions on travel, and the enactment in the United States of "campus carry" laws, attest to the foreclosure of the capacities we generally and collectively refer to as "academic freedom." Indeed, it is by insisting on the importance of academic freedom to the project of democracy that defense against these actions is regularly mounted. In the United States, such defenses commonly appear in the rhetoric of nationalist values, as a restatement of the ideals of U.S. liberal democracy's grounding in the principle and right of free expression and associated understanding of the necessity of dissent to the public good.

I take the occasion of this presidential address to invite collective reflection on the histories and present conditions that precipitate the meaningfulness of academic freedom, and that, I will suggest, mitigate its effectiveness in the protection of people and proliferation of especially politically resistant and revolutionary ideas. I ask us to bring to bear the trenchant critiques of bourgeois liberalism advanced by, in often overlapping forms, the intellectual traditions of Black and ethnic studies, native and indigenous studies, women of color feminism and queer of color critique, postcolonial studies, and others through which subjugated knowledges are brought forward, to this consideration of academic freedom and its emergent conditions. My aim here is to encourage the generation of tactics and strategies, including pedagogies, by which we might address the practices of power and subjugation characterizing the current global landscape without, however inadvertently, affirming under the sign of an unreconstructed "academic freedom" the ideologies, structures, and conditions that in fact produce dissent.

Accordingly, this address will engage such questions as these: What are the pedagogies of dissent by which I mean organized and collective efforts to produce awareness of and responses to social (in)justice through curriculum, administration, and teaching and learning practices appropriate to current conditions? How and in what ways are and should they be attuned to the embeddedness of the academy in the fabric of the dominant social, political economic, and cultural hegemonies? What horizons emerge for pedagogies of dissent when they are disarticulated from bourgeois liberalism? What, finally, might pedagogies of dissent do, and might American studies organized by and around them do, to make "freedom" more than "academic"?

9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

President's Reception

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency Foyer

The ASA President's Reception is generously supported by Northwestern University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


(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 interested in the study of American history and culture and who pays the applicable fees.

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Member (Employed Full Time) Conference  Registration Fee $200.00
Member (Employed Part Time) Conference  Registration Fee $85.00
Member (Student or Unemployed) Conference  Registration Fee $75.00
Non-Member Conference Registration Fee $250.00
Non-Member (Adjunct or Contingent) Conference  Registration Fee $110.00
Non-Member (Student or Unemployed) Conference  Registration Fee $100.00


The ASA registration desk in the Crystal Foyer at the Hyatt Regency Chicago will be open the following hours:

Wednesday, November 8 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, November 9 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, November 10 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 11 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 12 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.


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


Download the ASA Annual Meeting to your phone, tablet, or mobile device! With the 2017 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 Chicago 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 Sept 2017).


The Twitter hashtag for the ASA 2017 Annual Meeting is #2017ASA. To help with tweeting, we have included twitter hashtags 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.


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, November 9, 2017

11:30 am– 2:30 pm

Walls of Respect: Chicago Public Art Group Bronzeville Mural Tour

Meeting Place: Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower Lobby

A. Naomi Paik (
Kymberly Pinder (

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The ASA SRC is sponsoring a special bus tour led by Dr. Kymberly Pinder, author of Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago on Thursday morning (12 noon to 2 pm), November 9th. This tour will explore the rich history of murals, race and resistance on the city's South Side. The tour is two hours long, with no bathroom stops. Various mural stops in Bronzeville. Meet in West Tower Lobby of the Hyatt at 11.30 am. The tour guide or the designated representative of the tour will meet you in the lobby. Please preregister for this event. Space is limited. Ticket Cost: $20

12:00 pm– 2:00 pm

International Partnership Luncheon

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency D, Ballroom Level West Tower

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

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3:30 pm– 5:00 pm

Walking Tour of Argyle Street (one hour tour)

Meeting Place: 3:30 pm Argyle Street Redline Station, Station Entrance

Patricia Nguyen (
Anna Guevarra (

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Argyle is known historically as a "port of entry" for immigrants and refugees in Chicago. Currently, a vibrant Southeast Asian business district with the only "shared street" in the state of Illinois, this tour, led by community members, will address the area's history, politics of development, and an emerging arts initiative through local murals, architecture, and stories. The tour will end with a snapshot of an ongoing collaborative initiative between the local community, and faculty and students at UIC to develop and map a community history of this space/place. Participants are welcome to choose from a variety of delicious restaurants to dine in after the tour, which will be accompanied with a selection of curated menus created with the business owners and Axis Lab. All participant fees go to Axis Lab, a community-centered platform that centers art, food, and design to advocate for equitable and inclusive development. Participants are responsible for the cost of their meals. Ticket Cost: $10 General

Friday, November 10, 2017

8:00 am– 10:30 am

Networking Breakfast for Program and Center Directors

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Acapulco, Ballroom Level West Tower

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 "How to be An Effective Chair/Director: What No One Teaches You." Cost of tickets is $20.00.

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2:00 pm

Guided Tour of MCA, sponsored by Visual Studies Caucus (Sold Out)

Meeting Place: 1:30 pm in Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower Lobby

Sampada Aranke (
Christopher Lukasik (

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This year, the ASA Visual Caucus has organized a guided tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA). Open since 1967, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time. As a part of our guided tour, we will see several ongoing exhibitions, including: To the Racy Brink which kicks off the MCA's 50th anniversary by honoring the artists and exhibitions that placed the museum on the vanguard of contemporary art; Woman with a Camera which presents photographs by 16 women artists who come from a diverse set of backgrounds and generations, and address various artistic concerns; and We Are Here, a major three-part exhibition drawn from the MCA's collection to commemorate the museum's 50th anniversary. Cost: $6.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

8:00 am– 10:00 am

Minority Scholars Committee Mentoring Breakfast

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency D, Ballroom Level West Tower

Please join us for breakfast in Chicago, Illinois as we present our seventh annual Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award to Ruth Wilson Gilmore. 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.

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11:00 am– 1:00 pm

Gender and Sexuality Studies Networking Brunch

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency D, Ballroom Level West Tower

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). This year's breakfast will feature a dynamic conversation between Barbara Ransby and Cathy Cohen who will discuss their scholarship, service, and activism, engaging in an organic dialogue about the ways gender and sexuality studies has developed through, or exceeded, pedagogies of dissent. We will also present the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty 2017 to Annette Rodriguez.

The cost is as follows: senior scholars $20.00, junior scholars $15.00, and graduate students $10.00.

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Sunday, November 12

11:30 am– 2:00 pm

Walking Tour of Pilsen Neighborhood's Latinx Murals 

Meeting Place: 11:30 am at Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower Lobby

Jason Ruiz (
A. Naomi Paik (

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This interactive walking tour will introduce participants to the murals of Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, one of the city's most vibrant Latinx communities and home to its greatest concentration of public art. We will explore some of the most fascinating examples of Latinx muralism in the neighborhood and will use them to foster discussion of important urban issues such as white flight, ethnic succession, and gentrification and how they affect Pilsen and, more broadly, Latinx communities in Chicago and the United States. We will discuss about ten murals in this 1.5 mile walking tour, ending, of course, at a local taqueria. Participants will have the option of spending additional time at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Participant fees go to the Yollocalli Youth Arts Program, whose mission is "to strengthen the value of youth art and culture by providing equal access to communal, artistic, and cultural resources that allow youth to become creative and engaged community members" ( Cost: $10


Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency C, Ballroom Level West Tower

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 7:30 – 10:00 am on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, 2017. The breakfasts are generously supported by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

At Friday's breakfast, the committee will host its annual forum "Lightning Shorts: On Projects in Progress," where participants will offer "lightning" talks related to papers, proposals, theses, and dissertations in an effort to forge connections with other graduate students who share similar research interests, methodological approaches, and career trajectories.

At Saturday's breakfast, the committee will host its annual "Mock Job Interview" forum. The forum provides an opportunity for students to witness what may transpire during an academic job interview. An open Q&A will take place following the interview, graduate students can ask faculty specific questions and seek advice on interviewing and strategies while on the academic job market.

Friday, November 10, 2017


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 Chicago public. In the pages that follow, grey shading highlight each of the special sessions.

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


The Albany Park Theatre Project

The Albany Park Theater Project, a multiethnic, youth theater ensemble that is the ASA 2017 Annual Meeting artist-in-residence, is dedicated to art, to youth, and a vision of social justice. They will perform on Saturday, November 11, 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Comiskey, Concourse Level West Tower

8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

137. Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Film Panel)

Hyatt Regency Chicago Hong Kong, Ballroom Level West Tower

Robert Warrior, University of Kansas
Sonya Childress, Firelight Media Monia Berra, Firelight Media Sharon P. Holland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the Civil War and influenced the course of our nation yet remains one of America's most important untold stories. Until now. Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities is the first and only feature documentary and multi-platform project to research, gather, and share a rich mosaic of stories that relay the history of HBCUs.


Thursday, November 9

5:00 pm– 7:00 pm

The Secret Lives of Indigenous Archives

The Newberry Library (60 W Walton St), Ruggles Room

Reception at 5 pm, followed by the session. Featuring Lisa Brooks, Amy Lonetree, Tiya Miles, and Philip Round, this panel of prize-winning authors, whose research was based at the Newberry and other major archives, will reflect not only on the power of the official records for their work, but also upon the affective or "other life" of the archives. Drawing on personal experience of working in the archive, these scholars will discuss the "secret life" of the indigenous archive: what haunts and/or comforts them as researchers, the unexpected intimacies, the unresolved questions, the wondrous discoveries, the feeling of kinship to the lives of others and the material traces they leave behind. These are aspects of the research that might not have a tangible presence in their work, but nonetheless shape and inform it. The reflections will be followed by an open discussion with the audience.

Directions to the Newberry Library: The Newberry Library is 1.4 miles from the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Walking, public transportation, and ride sharing (an eight-minute cab ride) are very easy options. If you wish to share a cab, gather at the taxi stand at 4:30 pm and look for the sign that reads "ASA/Newberry Library."

Walking Directions from Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601) to Newberry Library (60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610): Walk west on East Upper Wacker Drive and take the first right onto Michigan Avenue. Continue north on Michigan Avenue (across the bridge) and walk for about a mile until you reach Walton Street. Take a left on Walton Street and walk for four blocks. The Newberry Library will be on your right, just past Dearborn Street.

Or, take the CTA Red Line to the Newberry Library -directions.html Cost: $3 each way for a single pass and $10 for a day pass.

Friday, November 10

5:00 pm– 6:30 pm

Connect Chicago: Resistance Movements meet Insurgent Scholarship

Arab American Cultural Center, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

A conversation and celebration of movement-based scholarship, activism, and performance with a special performance by Kristiana Colón from the Let Us Breathe Collective and roundtable with activists:

Janaé Bonsu, Black Youth Project 100
Bassem Kawar, Arab American Action Network
Reyna Wences, Organized Communities Against Deportation
Aislinn Pulley, Black Lives Matter Chicago
Kelly Hayes, Lifted Voices Collective

Refreshments will be served. Transportation by bus will be provided for ASA conference participants from the conference hotel. Meet in Hyatt Lobby at 4:30 PM. Or share a taxi from the Hyatt Regency (about 10 minutes).

Organized by the ASA Critical Prison Studies Caucus, the ASA Activist Caucus, the Arab American Studies Association, the Arab American Cultural Center at UIC and the Social Justice Initiative at UIC.

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

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


The main guestrooms have complimentary internet. Complimentary WiFi will also be available across all exhibit and meeting spaces.


The book exhibit will be held in the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, Lobby Level West Tower. Admission will be by registration badge only. Hours of the book exhibit are:

Friday, November 109:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 119:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, November 128:30 am – 11:00 am


The 2017 Convention Headquarters for the American Studies Association Annual Meeting is the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago IL, 60601. The Hyatt Regency Chicago has been selected in accordance with the ASA's policy on labor union preference for conventions.

To make your hotel reservation, please visit the following link:

Attendees can also call 888-421-1442 and ask for the American Studies Association group rate.

ASA Convention guest room rates are $229.00 for single/double, $30 for each additional occupant. Available November 8–12, 2017. Group rate available until October 13, 2017. Subject to Availability. All rates are subject to taxes.



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333 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Ph. 312-245-0333
$179 + tax per night
Last day to book: 10/5/2017

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Additional student rooms will be reserved at overflow hotels and announced later on. All rates are subject to taxes.


Please make your reservation prior to October 13, 2017 as after October 13, all guest rooms will be sold on a space-available basis and will NOT be subject to the group discount. Be sure to obtain a confirmation number and bring your confirmation number with you to the hotel, in case you are asked for it upon check-in. Persons without reservation confirmation numbers may not be able to get a room at the hotel.


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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 Hyatt Regency Chicago for professional care referrals. Check the hotel's website online or call for information.


On the Blue/Skyway Level near the Fitness Center at the Hyatt Regency there is a “Mother’s Room/Breastfeeding Room.”


The Hyatt Regency Chicago 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 and make their reservations as early as possible.


The Hyatt Regency Chicago will provide clearly designated gender-neutral bathrooms accessible to conference attendees in the conference areas.


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.


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Delta, KLM, Air France, Alitalia:

Other airlines are currently not offering group discounts.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The American Studies Association will provide ASL interpretation for panels with hearing-impaired presenters. If your panel will need sign-interpreting service at the ASA annual meeting, you must notify the Office of the Executive Director (OED) at least one month in advance and all your panelists must be registered for the meeting. The ASA will also provide sign interpreting services to registered members in attendance.

Requesting Sign Interpreting Services

Hearing-impaired members who will need sign-interpreting service at the ASA annual meeting must coordinate the following at least one month in advance of the meeting:

  1. Notify the Office of the Executive Director (OED) of their need for ASL interpretation.
  2. Register for the meeting.
  3. Review the online program and 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 #2017ASA for immediate assistance.


The papers and commentaries presented during this meeting are intended solely for the engagement 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.


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 photographs taken at the conference of those in attendance for educational and promotional purposes. Attendees are asked to indicate their wishes to be excluded from images at the registration table.


If you have written a formal paper, presenters should send the session chair and commentator a copy by October 8, 2017. Also send your session chair a brief vita or resume to help the chair introduce you.

For those who find themselves missing one or more panelists, the ASA would like to offer the following reminders and guidance.

  1. Anyone who is not able to attend the conference should *please* let your panel chair, other panelists, and the ASA staff (annualmeeting know right away. This is crucial for us to be able to keep the panels working.

    Anyone who is not able to attend the conference should send a digital recording of the paper or presentation to the session chair. You may also upload the talk, for example, to Vimeo, and that could be shown at the conference. Anyone who cancels may also send the paper or presentation to the panel chair, so that the paper may be read by someone else.
  2. Since all papers should have been completed by now, even those who become ill at the last minute should be able to send a paper. If you can't, then you will unfortunately be counted as a no-show for this year, which likely means that you won't be accepted for a panel next year.
  3. Panelists and chairs: you will have to be flexible and creative in dealing with these absences. The Program Committee has exhausted its list of people able to step in to assist. Panelists should appeal to panel organizers and chairs for assistance in the case of unexpected absences.

    If you have only one person absent, we suggest that the panel chair or commentator read the paper, or that you to ask one of the other panelists to do so. If you have more than one person absent, you should still plan to hold the panel; in that case, you might even bring in a friend or colleague to add their voice to the panel. Colleagues who agree to read someone's paper are doing a service; they will not be listed on the program, and are exempt from the no-double- appearances rule.
  4. 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.

We have a very high participation rate at this year's conference and an excellent set of panels. The number of people who have had to cancel is very small. Your commitment to the intellectual life of the ASA is much appreciated, and your ingenuity and good humor will go a long way to making things work well in Chicago.