Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Reminder: CSA submission deadline is Nov. 10th


New York City, New York (New York University) May 22-24, 2008

The Cultural Studies Association (U.S.) invites participation in its Sixth Annual Meeting from all areas and on all topics of relevance to Cultural Studies, including but not limited to literature, history, sociology, geography, anthropology, communications, popular culture, cultural theory, queer studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, postcolonial studies, media and film studies, material culture studies, performance and visual arts studies.

The conference this year will feature plenary sessions on New York and Culture, Gender and Sexuality, Law and Minorities. Plenarists include:

- Arlene Davila, New York University, author of Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos and the Neoliberal City, and Latinos, Inc., The Marketing and Making of a People

- Rosemary Coombe, Law, Communications and Cultural Studies, York University, author of The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties, and "Legal Claims to Culture in and Against the Market"

- Janet Jacobsen, Columbia, author of Working Alliances and the Politics of Difference: Diversity and Feminist Ethics, and Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance

- Jasbir Puar, Women's and Gender Studies and Geography, Rutgers University, author of "On Torture: Abu Ghraib," and "Queer Times, Queer Assemblages."

- Neil Smith, CUNY Graduate Center, author of American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization, and The Endgame of Globalization.

The conference will continue to host last year's highly successful "salon" panels by major cultural studies journals. Thus far, the following journals plan on hosting a journal salon:

Theory & Event

South Atlantic Quarterly

Boundary 2

Callaloo (special issue on Katrina and New Orleans)

Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies

Positions: East Asia Cultural Critique

Rethinking Marxism

Women & Performance

Radical History Review

Signs (special issue on race/gendered logics of war and terror)

Public Culture

Critical Inquiry

Social Text

All participants in the Sixth Annual meeting must pay registration fees by April 15, 2008, to be listed and participate in the program. See the registration page of the CSA conference website for details about fees at http://www.csaus.pitt.edu.

If you have any questions about procedures for submission or other concerns, please e-mail us at: csaus@pitt.edu. We welcome proposals in the following four categories:

Proposals for individual papers are due November 10, 2007.

Successful papers will reach several constituencies of the organization and will connect analysis to social, political, economic, or ethical questions.

They should be submitted online below on the conference website:

Successful submission will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours, please resubmit. The acknowledgment will say that your proposal has been "successfully submitted," which does NOT mean your proposal has been accepted.

All paper proposals require:

a. The name, email address, department and institutional affiliation of the author, entered on the website.

b. A 500-word abstract for the 20-minute paper entered on the website.

c. Any needed audio-visual equipment must be noted following the abstract in that space on the site.

Proposals for pre-constituted sessions are due November 10, 2007.

Roundtables are sessions in which panelists offer brief remarks, but the bulk of the session is devoted to discussion among the panelists and audience members. Workshops are similarly devoted primarily to discussion, but they focus on practical problems in such areas as teaching, research, or activism. No paper titles may be included for roundtables or workshops.

Pre-constituted sessions should NOT be submitted on the website, but should be sent to with the words ''Session Proposal'' in the subject line. All proposals will be acknowledged, but please allow at least two business days before inquiring.

All session proposals require:

a. The name, email address, phone number, and department and institutional affiliation of the proposer.

b. The names, email addresses, and department and institutional affiliations of each participant.

c. A 500-word overview of the session, including identifying the type of session (panel, roundtable, workshop) proposed. For paper sessions, also include 500-word abstracts of each of the papers. Paper sessions should have three or four papers.

d. A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must be requested with the proposal.


A list of divisions is available at http://www.csaus.pitt.edu. Calls for papers and procedures for submission to divisions may be posted on that site. Proposals for divisions should NOT be submitted here or to csaus@pitt.

Proposals for seminars are due November 10, 2007.

Seminars are small-group (maximum 15 individuals) discussion sessions for which participants prepare in advance of the conference. In previous years, preparation has involved shared readings, pre-circulated ''position papers'' by seminar leaders and/or participants, and other forms of pre-conference collaboration. We particularly invite proposals for seminars designed to advance emerging lines of inquiry and research/teaching initiatives within Cultural Studies broadly construed. We also invite seminars designed to generate future collaborations among conference attendees. Once a limited number of seminar topics and leaders are chosen, the seminars will be announced through the CSA's various public e-mail lists on November 1. Participants will contact the seminar leader(s) directly who will then inform the Program Committee who will participate in the seminar after November 20.

All seminar proposals require:

a. A 500-word overview of the topic designed to attract participants and clear instructions about how the seminar will work, including details about what advanced preparation will be required of seminar participants.

b. The name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and departmental and institutional affiliation of the leader(s) proposing the seminar.

c. A brief bio or one page CV of the leader(s) proposing the seminar.

d. A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must be requested with the proposal. Since seminars typically involve discussion of previously circulated papers, such requests must be explained.

Seminar proposals should be sent to:

Bruce Burgett, Professor and Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell burgett@u.washington.edu

Those interested in participating in (rather than leading) a seminar should consult the list of seminars and the instructions for signing up for them, available at http://www.csaus.pitt.edu after November 20, 2007. Deadline to sign up will be December 15, 2007.

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