THE THIRD ANNUAL CULTURAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION (U.S.) MEETING
April 21-24, 2005
DEADLINE EXTENSION IN CALL FOR SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS
New at this year's CSA conference are seminars. Seminars are small-group
(maximum 12 individuals) discussion sessions for which participants write
brief "position papers" that are circulated to the other seminar
participants prior to the conference. The seminars are designed to foster
more exchange than traditional paper-reading sessions, and they may allow
the formation of networks of scholars who continue to collaborate.
Participation in a seminar will allow conferees to seek financial support
from their institutions. Paper length and deadlines will be established by
individual seminar leaders.
An expanded list of eleven seminars for the 2005 appears below (see the
last two, which are newly added).
In order to participate in a seminar, send an email message to
[log in to unmask] with the words <seminar request> in the subject line.
Your message should list up to three seminars, ranked in order of
preference, in which you would like to participate. (You will be allowed to
participate in only one seminar, but you may participate in a seminar
regardless of what other role you may have on the program.) Your message
should also include your name, contact information, and institutional
affiliation. Seminar requests should be sent by January 28, 2005. You will
be notified of your seminar assignment by February 10th.
1. Public Cultural Studies
Charlie Bertsch Assistant Professor of English, University of Arizona
This seminar will consider the pros and cons of researching and writing
for a broad audience instead of scholars with similar points of reference.
At what point, if any, does striving for accessibility compromise
professional or political goals? Participants will discuss the
relationship between style and content, choice of publishing venue, and
the advantages and disadvantages of being polemical.
Participants will be asked to pre-circulate position papers of no more
than pages to other members by March 1, 2005.
2. What's Love Got To Do With It? Thinking the Estrangement Between
Studies of Reproductive Politics and Sexuality Studies
Laura Briggs Associate Professor of Women's Studies, University of
Arizona; former staff writer for Gay Community News; and member of the
Reproductive Rights National Network
Dr. Barbara Herbert Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of
Studies of reproduction continue to be crucial to numerous kinds of
feminist scholarship, from historical studies of welfare rights to an
anthropology of reproductive technology, while sexuality studies is a
vibrant interdiscipline particularly focused in, but by no means limited
to, queer studies. Why are these intellectual and political discourses so
often resolutely separate? Is it a given, for example, that Queer Studies
has nothing to say about deviant heterosexualities, or that scholarship on
the abortion wars cannot think through closely allied issue of the
right-wing's obsessive homophobia? This seminar will address the ways that
these political practices/ academic fields (for they are both these kinds
of hyphenated entities) have been mutually imbricated, models for thinking
them together, and the forces and histories that cause us to conceptualize
Partipants will be asked to write a 5 page position paper addressing the
questions posed, by March 1st, to be precirculated to the other seminar
3. Bush Won. What Next?
Eric Hayot Assistant Professor of English, University of Arizona
Assuming that practical considerations keep most of us from moving to
Canada, what kinds of (intellectual, pedagogical, practical) acts are
possible within the institutional frameworks in which we find ourselves?
But also: what possible personal relationships can those of us in the
United States adopt to the fact of our geographic location or our
citizenship? What kinds of resisting subject can emerge from that kind of
Participants will be asked to write short (3-5 page) answers to these
questions and distribute/read them in advance of the conference. Up to 30
participants will be accepted.
4. Sex, Race, and "Globalization" in the Early Modern Period
Kari Boyd McBride Associate Professor of Women's Studies, University
Through the Sex, Race and Globalization stream, the conference organizers
"seek to explore the imbrication of sexuality, gender and race with
economic, political and informational processes across local, regional,
national and transnational scales." This seminar asks how such processes
functioned in the early modern era. How were bodies and information
trafficked in that period? How did markers of social difference like race,
gender, and sexuality inflect such exchange? How were those categories
constructed in the transactions themselves? How did geography, place, and
space both catalyze and distort individual and national identities?
Participants will be asked to pre-circulate papers of no more than 10
pages to other members by March 1, 2005.
5. Family and Governmentality: The Question of Culture
Chandan Reddy Assistant Professor of English, University of Washington
Gillian Harkins Assistant Professor of English, University of
This seminar will address the current animation of family as a key figure
for contemporary cultural studies. Recent interest in the family has
spawned claims about its centrality to a remarkable range of intellectual
and political domains, including political economy, historiography,
liberal rights, and social and psychic formations. These heterogeneous
claims remark both radical changes, as well as continuities, between
residual and emergent systems of power. This seminar invites scholars
working in different historical and social contexts who seek to engage
Foucault's conception of governmentality to investigate the seeming
vibrancy of "family" as a site of social and intellectual struggle.
Participants are asked to read Michel Foucault's essay Governmentality and
provide a brief written response to the essay and/or the seminar topic
(2-5 pages). This written response should stage and respond to key
questions raised in relation to the participants' own research. Questions
could focus on methodology, archive, domains of culture, domains of
kinship, changes in state practice, etc. These response papers will be
distributed to all seminar participants by March 1st. Seminar leaders will
pre-circulate a synthesis of key questions and topics of interest based on
these response papers.
6. Genders, Sexualities, and Muslim Worlds
Elif Shafak Assistant Professor of Turkish and Women's Studies,
University of Arizona
Rudolf P. Gaudio Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Purchase
College, State University of New York
This seminar deviates from and challenges the prevailing Western-academic
obsession with "Woman and Islam" by exploring gender and sexuality in
Islamic societies within a complexity of relations that are both positive
and negative, confining and liberating. Questions to be considered
include: How are categories of 'feminine' and 'masculine', 'Muslim' and
'Islam' defined, negotiated and contested in different social and
geographical settings? How have diverse gender and sexual identities been
imaginatively fashioned in Muslim societies in the past, how are they
being articulated today? How and to what extent are Muslims' gender and
sexual identities facilitated and/or constrained by different approaches
to Islamic governance and scriptural interpretation?
Each participant will be required to write and distribute to other seminar
participants a 5-page essay in advance of the conference.
7. Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice
David Shumway, Professor of English and Literary and Cultural Studies,
Carnegie Mellon University
This seminar will address the intersection of theory and practice in
Cultural Studies, both as it has occurred up until now and how it might be
better implemented in the future. How has cultural studies practice
responded to theory? How should we as scholars bring "theory" and
"practice" together? Brief papers should address one or both of these
Participants will be asked to write short (5 page) answers to these
questions and distribute/read them in advance of the conference.
8. Cultural Studies: Curriculum and Methodology
Paul Smith, Professor, Cultural Studies PhD Program, George Mason
As Cultural Studies comes to be institutionalised in more ways and in more
places, the demand for rigorous curricula and lucid methodologies becomes
paramount. The seminar will focus, then, on curricula and methodology
equally, and on the two as as necessarily inter-related. The view will be
toward forming some consensus on the pragmatic and theoretical issues
facing Cultural Studies in the university.
Participants are asked to send and distibute to other participants
beforehand a short (2-3 pp) position paper on curricular or methodological
issues, or on the relation between curricula and methodology.
9. Next Directions in Media Reception Studies
Janet Staiger, Department of Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas
Cultural and reception research in media studies has possibly hit a
plateau. Multiple theories and methods guide broad and specific
studies of interpretations and effects of film, television, and the
internet. What gaps exist in our field? What new directions need to
be explored? Where do we go from here?
Seminar participants will prepare a 1000- to 2000-word position paper
by March 15, 2005, to be circulated in advance.
10. Globalization, Democracy and Cultural Studies
Wolfgang Natter, Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky
Under the banner of globalization from below, alternative models to
corporate globalization have strongly suggested the need to rethink the
function of the university. These have pointed to the particular
desirability of exploring new models for partnership between community
based scholars and their organizations and civic professionally-minded
academics supportive of participatory research and democratic planning.
This seminar seeks to bring together activists, artists and scholars
interested in exploring such ideas and in sharing specific practices
supportive of a scaling up of sustainability and social justice concerns
across the intermeshed sites of "the local" and "the global." What roles
can culture and art play in promoting such collaboration across
institutional and geographical divides or differences of identity and
interest? Which institutional forms and practices of academic scholarship
might best re-circuit and deploy notions of "expert knowledge" toward
democratic and sustainable goals?
Several essays will be made available to seminar participants. Participants
will in turn be invited to write 3-5 page papers by March 20 which will be
distributed to other seminar participants. These papers might describe and
assess (successes and failures) a specific case in which their authors
attempted to a) increase diverse participation in some project; or b)
collaborate across institutional and geographical boundaries; or c) deploy
any aspect of "culture" to help achieve social equity, sustainable economic
or environmental development.
11. Hijacking Authenticity: Media Images, Resistance and Racialized
Shari Popen, College of Education and Dept of Political Science, University
of Arizona; and Rosanne Kanhai, Department of English and Director of
Women's Studies, Western Washington University
This seminar will examine the current notions of authenticity (what is
innocent, worthy, natural), deployed in political and racialized ideologies
created by the corporate media. In particular we will examine images and
reports found in mainsteam news media.
Seminar participants will be asked to read a paper written by the seminar
leaders in advance of the conference and prepare a brief response to be
presented orally during the seminar session at the conference.
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