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 2018 annual meeting, the ASA will pursue these goals through panels, meetings and events based on our conference theme.


From drone strikes in Yemen to white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, emergency and crisis are constant facts of life in the United States and in the world. The theme for the 2018 annual meeting of the American Studies Association, "States of Emergence," emphasizes that our sense of crisis must be thought alongside our constant commitment to challenging the calamities that beset us and to producing alternative—indeed better—worlds. The theme is partly taken from Homi Bhabha's 1986 foreword to Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks. In a reading of Walter Benjamin's famous theorization that the tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the 'state of emergency' in which we live is not the exception but the rule," Bhabha added, "And the state of emergency is also always a state of emergence." In our extension of Bhabha's suggestion, we seek to underline the plural nature of those emergences and to question what emergence means in the contemporary context.

In doing so, we invoke the various inspirations from the global north and the global south that have occasioned American Studies scholarship and its critical interventions for the last twenty years. Colleagues within the association have turned their attention as teachers and as scholars to the workings of settler and franchise colonialism, neocolonialism, militarization, heteropatriarchy, ableism, and labor exploitation to practically every region on the globe, from the early American and colonial periods to the present day. Part of this effort has meant that our members have also tried to detail the ways in which everyday people—in the words of Cedric Robinson—engaged in the "recovery of human life from the spoilage of degradation."

That degradation is one of the devastating characteristics of modern life. In 1958, the sociologist C. Wright Mills wrote, "the history of modern society may readily be understood as the story of the enlargement and the centralization of the means of power—in economic, in political, and in military institutions." Perhaps more today than ever, we are witnessing that enlargement and centralization not only in the U.S. but in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. At the same time, that enlargement and centralization have been met with political, intellectual, and cultural productions that are brilliantly revising and overturning received paradigms. As the world has become a battlefield, so too has it become a site of protest, critique, and dissent.

In bringing together emergency and emergence, the Program Committee invites inquiry into the intersecting means of power and critical responses to it. How should we analyze the current state of emergency or crisis? What are its main features and outcomes? What is its history? How can we understand its transnational dimension and also its geographical specificity? What social forms are emerging in relation to and out of this enlargement of the means of power? What critical and resistant political, cultural and intellectual formations have emerged and are emerging? From which institutional and geographical locations do they arise? What are their histories or genealogies and their strengths and weaknesses? How does conceiving emergence as constitutive to emergency change what the emergency is?

In understanding states of emergency as always and simultaneously states of emergence, we underscore the importance of a critical analytic for how we might apprehend and understand our contemporary moment. That is to say, how might we read our moment in order to recognize the emergence of contradictions, resistances, and resurgent modes of struggle where we might otherwise only see violence and brutality? What is the role of culture and epistemology to political practice? What alternative genealogies of resistance become legible when we register different arenas of struggle? What emergences are made visible while others are buried?

Foregrounding the notion of "emergence" as the ever-present corollary to "emergency" also renders heterogeneous the various temporalities of struggle. The notion of a "state of emergency" connotes a condition whose permanence is legitimated through the guise of being temporary, one which is, as in the Carl Schmitt-ian mode of exception, mobilized for an absolutist or authoritarian rule of law. In contrast, the temporality of "emergence" is always historically and materially contingent, provisional, and liminal—that is, mobilized for the purposes of liberation.

In an effort to imagine the broadest forms of liberation, we observe "states of emergence" as domains of coalition and relationality. This year's theme is therefore an affirmation of Audre Lorde's sense that our emergences and interventions are not "one-time [events]." They require us to "become always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established, outgrown responses." They are opportunities to "[learn] to address each other's difference with respect," creating allied emergences that are necessarily feminist, queer, unpredictable, and unlikely.

In contrast to Lorde's appreciation for the "smallest opportunities," our world too often assumes that the scholarly work that we do—that of interpreting the world—signifies our presumably comfortable retreat from and our insignificance to the world. Yet much of the contemporary theorization of American Studies scholars draws on the intellectual approaches of ethnic, indigenous, queer, Marxist, disability, postcolonial and feminist studies—formations embedded in social struggle, and interventions that provide much of the grammar for today's social activism. How might we use those formations and grammars to identify those opportunities for genuine change?

Lastly, Atlanta is a fitting location to explore the meanings of the 2018 theme. We recall that W. E. B. Du Bois wrote The Souls of Black Folk, Dusk of Dawn, and Black Reconstruction while teaching at Atlanta University. While there, he also founded the journal Phylon, an interdisciplinary quarterly whose goal was to do what the mainstream disciplinary journals and associations would not—that is, provide a voice and a forum for black intellectuals and their allies around issues of race and culture. In The Souls, Du Bois addresses Atlanta as a city at a crossroads: it could bow to the seductive but alienating ideals of racial capitalism, or it could—as he put it—"realize the broadest possibilities of life." With the local, national, and global parameters of that realization in mind, we submit this year's theme.



7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception/Celebration of Authors/Exhibit Open

Westin Peachtree, Peachtree Ballroom, Eighth Floor

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


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Annual Awards Ceremony

Westin Peachtree, Augusta Room, Seventh Floor

PRESIDING: Scott Kurashige, University of Washington Bothell 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: To Catch a Light-filled Vision: American Studies and the Activation of Radical Traditions

Westin Peachtree, Savannah Ballroom, Tenth Floor

SPEAKER: Roderick Ferguson, University of Illinois at Chicago and president, American Studies Association

In "Responsibilities of the Black Scholar to the Community," Vincent Harding—the historian, theologian, and founder of the Atlanta-based Institute of the Black World—said something that applies to all of us no matter our identities: "I think that the black scholar's responsibility is to do whatever he has to do to catch a light-filled vision…" For Harding that vision was filled with images of housing and health care for all, a world that would work toward environmental health and the annihilation of patriarchy, and a nation that would do right by the old. This talk takes inspiration from Harding's essay and Georgia's history to argue that in a moment of growing authoritarianism, Georgia is one of the sites that can provide the historical and intellectual inspiration we need. Indeed, the state is a toolshed for an array of emergences to meet this moment's emergencies. This presidential address, thus, historicizes and theorizes Georgia as the site of overlapping geopolitical and geo-historical struggles that traverse the boundaries of the rural, the urban, the national, the transnational, and the diasporic. The history of Georgia is one made up of contestations over race, indigeneity, settler colonialism, military expansion, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, labor exploitation, and criminalization. These emergencies have occasioned a dynamic and ongoing history of anti-racist, feminist, queer, and labor insurgencies. Using autobiography, history, and theory, this presidential address engages the ways in which Georgia provides yet another impetus to link the global north and the global south as we observe and formulate light-filled states of emergence in a time of emergencies.

9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

President's Reception

Westin Peachtree, Savannah Ballroom Terrace, Tenth Floor


(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 pays the applicable fees.

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, attendees should print out a copy and make checks payable to the American Studies Association and mail them to:

Johns Hopkins University Press

P.O. Box 19966

Baltimore, MD 21211-0966 USA

Please do not send hotel registration forms or room payments to this address.

On-Site Rate

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

Registration Hours

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

Wednesday, November 7      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, November 8      7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, November 9      7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, November 10      7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, November 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.

Headquarters Hotel

The 2018 Convention Headquarters for the American Studies Association Annual Meeting is the Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, 210 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta GA 30303. The Westin Peachtree Atlanta was selected in accordance with the ASA's policy on labor union preference for conventions. The Westin Peachtree Atlanta also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, its regulations, and guidelines. 

Attendees can make reservations via:

Attendees can also call 404-659-1400 and ask for the American Studies Association group rate.

ASA Convention guest room rates are $179.00 for single/double, $20 for each additional occupant. Available November 7–11, 2018. Group rate available until October 9, 2018. Subject to availability.

Plan Ahead

Please make your reservation PRIOR to October 9, 2018. After October 9, all sleeping rooms will be sold on a space available basis and will NOT be subject to the group discount. Please mention you are attending the ASA Annual Meeting to receive the discounted room rate. Availability of rooms at the group rate after the cut-off date is subject to availability. If the group room block fills up before the October 9th cut off, you may be closed out of the conference headquarters hotel at the group rate. All rates are subject to taxes.

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

The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, its regulations, and guidelines. So that the hotel can better assist persons with special needs, individuals should indicate their specific needs when making a reservation. In addition, they should make their reservations as early as possible.


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Overflow Hotels

Overflow arrangements will be announced after the room block at the Westin Peachtree is filled. Additional student rooms will be reserved at overflow hotels and announced later on. All rates are subject to taxes.

Internet Access at Westin Peachtree Atlanta 

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


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.

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.


Download the ASA Annual Meeting to your phone, tablet, or mobile device! With the 2018 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 Atlanta 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. 2018).


The Twitter hashtag for the ASA 2018 Annual Meeting is #2018ASA. 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.

Book Exhibit

The book exhibit will be held in the Westin Peachtree Ballroom, Eighth Floor. Admission will be by registration badge only. Hours of the book exhibit are:

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

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. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Game Night

Westin Peachtree Atlanta, Augusta 1, Seventh Floor

The focus will be on one-shot table top Role Playing Games (such as D&D, Fate, Fiasco, etc) The event itself is meant to be a fun opportunity for ASA members to socialize, enjoy a hobby in a new context, learn about gaming, and even consider how games could be used pedagogically. Players with or without experience are welcome to join. If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Hill at

Thursday, November 8, 2018

12:00 pm 2:00 pm

International Partnership Luncheon

Westin Peachtree Atlanta, Augusta 1, Seventh Floor

The International Committee invites all ASA members—based inside and outside the United States—to join us for our annual luncheon and an address by Kevin Gaines. The lunch will provide ample opportunity for getting to know existing venues of international collaboration and for initiating new transnational networks in research, teaching, and academic outreach. This event is generously underwritten by a grant from the Renée B. Fisher Foundation. Cost of tickets is $20.00. 

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Immediately following the luncheon, in the same room, the Committee will present International Committee Talkshop I: Transnational Research from Emergency to Emerging Projects.

Friday, November 9, 2018

8:00 am – 9:45 am 

Students Committee Breakfast

Westin Peachtree Atlanta, Chastain J, Sixth Floor

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 8:00–9:45 am on Friday, November 9, 2018. 

At the breakfast, the committee will host its annual "Mock Job Interview Forum." This forum provides an opportunity for students to witness what may transpire during an academic job interview by presenting a mock interview between faculty members who will serve on a mock search committee and a graduate student who is preparing for or on the job market. Constructive feedback from the faculty members will also be given to the interviewee before an open period of Q&A will occur. During the open Q&A, student attendees can ask faculty specific questions on interviewing, and seek advice on navigating the current academic job market.

8:00 am 11:45 am

Networking Breakfast for Program and Center Directors

Westin Peachtree Atlanta, Augusta 1, Seventh Floor

We invite all program and center directors, heads, and coordinators who are tasked with growing, strengthening, revising, or reinvigorating our constituent and affiliated programs. Cost of tickets is $20.00. 

Sign up online at the "Networking Breakfast" button at

At the breakfast, the ASA Committee on American Studies Departments, Programs and Centers will present a roundtable discussions on "Subverting the Hustle: Emergence and Transformation within the University Complex." Immediately following the breakfast, in the same room, it will present a roundtable "Pedagogies, Emergent Capacities and Sustaining the Magic of American Studies." 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Brunch: Generational Gifts: A Convivial Celebration of Mentoring, Scholarship, and the Future of American Studies

Westin Peachtree Atlanta, Overlook, Sixth Floor

We invite all minority students and faculty, and their allies, to join the Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Minority Scholars' Committee, the Committee on Critical Ethnic Studies, and the Students' Committee for brunch in Atlanta, Georgia as we present the eighth annual Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award, the eighth annual Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award, and host a networking meet-and-greet for scholars and students alike. Please come and share this opportunity to celebrate the winners, make new friends, meet new mentors, and consolidate existing mentoring networks.

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


Friday, November 9, 2018

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

Spelman College Tour: Revolutionary and Foundational Site of Emergence (co-sponsored by ASA and NWSA)

(start time is AT Spelman College, so allow time to get there either by taxi caravan or mass transit)

Contact: Amy Farrell (Dickinson College)


Sponsored by the Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies

The call for this year's conference in Atlanta rightfully notes that W. E. B. DuBois wrote many of his canonical works at Atlanta University. Equally important as a site of emergence is Spelman College, founded in 1881 originally as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary. Spelman has served as one of the foundational institutions of Black female higher education, graduating many of the most pathbreaking African American women in U.S. history. It has also created the institutional space for fostering revolutionary Black feminist thinking.

This Site Visit to Spelman College, sponsored by the Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies (CGSS), is also offered through the NWSA Conference. The CGSS has worked with Beverly Guy Sheftall, Patricia Ventura, and Holly Smith, all of Spelman College, to create an event that will include a visit to the Spelman College Archives where Holly Smith will pull materials from the Audre Lorde and Toni Cade Bambara collections to share with participants and a visit to the Spelman Museum, where the work of South African artist Zanele Muholi will be exhibited.

Participants should meet in the ASA hotel lobby 45 minutes prior to the event (by 1:45) and will caravan there in taxis or Lyfts. As individuals, participants can take MARTA, the Atlanta rapid transit system, for $2.50 each way (from the Ashby Street Station on the E/W line an .8 mile walk to the College), or drive on their own (parking fee of $3 per day in the Spelman College parking deck) and meeting in the Lobby of the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, EdD, Academic Center at Spelman College. If you drive, the correct GPS address is 440 Westview Dr., SW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30310. For MARTA routes and schedules, visit: Please contact Amy Farrell at with any questions. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Roundtable: Sorrow of the City and Tour of South-View Cemetery

(start time is at Clark Atlanta Museum, so allow time to get there either by taxi caravan or mass transit)

Contact: Michelle S Hite (Spelman College)


8:00 am – 9:45 am

Roundtable: Sorrow of the City 

Clark Atlanta Museum (223 Brawley Drive SW) 

Taking its title and most of its cues from Maurice J. Hobson's influential monograph The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta (2017), this roundtable session features Atlanta based scholars, archivists, and curators to consider the(after)life of the Atlanta Child Murders through its archival memory and the expressive culture it influenced. Recalling the two-year period between 1979–1981 when at least 28 mostly poor black boys were found dead and discarded in the city's outdoors, the roundtable explores the intra-racial class and political tensions of this period and examines its current role in shaping contemporary storytelling about black American experience. 

Participants: Dr. Maurice Hobson, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, Tiffany Atwater Lee, Public Services Archivist-Robert Woodruff Library, Dr. Calinda Lee, Atlanta History Center, Holly Smith, Archivist, Spelman College; Dr. Maurita Poole, Curator, Clark Atlanta University.

Participants should meet in the ASA hotel lobby 45 minutes prior to the event and will caravan there in taxis or Lyfts (an 8-minute ride). Please contact Michelle Hite with any questions.

10:00 am – 11:45 am 

South-View Cemetery (reservation required)

South-View Cemetery was founded in 1886 by formerly enslaved African Americans who objected to the conditions and the treatment they received at Atlanta's segregated burial grounds. South-View's landscape reflects the influence of 19th century funerary art and symbolism. A variety of gravestone materials, from elaborate marble monuments to simple concrete markers, memorialize African Americans of all social strata. Notable burials include Alonzo Herndon, the founder of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company; Rev. & Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr., religious and civil rights leaders; and Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, Reconstruction-era state legislator and African Methodist Episcopal Church organizer.

Join South-View historian, Dr. D. L. Henderson, for this cemetery tour as we consider "states of emergence" through the lens of the Atlanta Child Murders. Seven of the twenty-eight poor, black children who were murdered and discarded in rivers and pathways in Atlanta from 1979–1981 are buried at South-View.

A group will assemble at Clark Atlanta University immediately following the Roundtable: Sorrow in the City with transportation provided to South View Cemetery. Others wishing to attend only the tour only should meet in the ASA hotel lobby 45 minutes prior to the event and caravan there 
in taxis or Lyfts (a 15-minute ride). Please contact Michelle Hite with any questions.

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

Childcare Information

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

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

Disabled Persons

The Westin Peachtree Atlanta also 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.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms

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

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.


Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport:

Located approximately 10 miles from downtown Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is the busiest passenger airport in the United States. The Ground Transportation Center (located near the baggage claim) houses all transportation services including taxis, rental cars, local Atlanta bus and train services. For driving directions to Westin Peachtree Atlanta and downtown Atlanta, visit the Airport website or phone: 1-800-897-1910.

Cabs and Rental Cars:

For cabs a set fee prevails between the airport and the central business district. A special per-person rate applies for two or more passengers. 

Rental Car Center (RCC) Hours:

The Rental Car Center (RCC) is a one-stop facility that houses 13 rental car brands and vehicles for ATL guests. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the RCC is just a few minutes away from ATL via the SkyTrain, an electric-powered automated people mover system that connects the Rental Car Center to additional parking and the Airport. 

Driving Directions

Take Interstate 75/Interstate 85 North to Exit 248C. Turn left onto International Boulevard. Proceed 5 blocks. Cross over Peachtree Street. The hotel motor lobby is located at the end of the block on the left.

MARTA Bus and Train:

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) covers the metro Atlanta area with scheduled service to and from the airport and downtown Atlanta every 15 minutes. For route maps, visitor's passes, schedules visit the MARTA web site or contact Customer Service weekdays 8:30–5:00; 404-848-4711.


The Atlanta AMTRAK Station is located at 1688 Peachtree Street, NW. Phone: (800) 872-7245,

Bus Access:

Greyhound buses have main stations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and at 232 Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta. There is 
also a limited Greyhound service at Atlanta's Amtrak station. For 
more information and reservations contact 1-888-287-6359,

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 8, 2018). 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 #2018 ASA 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.


If you have written a formal paper, presenters should send the session chair and commentator a copy by October 8, 2018. 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.

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.

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.

4. If you have one or more 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 fill in at the last minute are doing a service; they will not be listed on the program and are exempt from the no-double-appearances rule.

5. We do not offer a video-conferencing solution except for visa situations to accommodate individual panelists who will not attend the meeting in person.

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 Atlanta.