The Cultural Studies Association (CSA), which was founded in 2003, is a non-profit association for scholarly purposes in the field of cultural studies. The goal of the CSA is to create and promote an effective community of cultural studies practitioners and scholars, to represent the field and its committed practitioners everywhere, and to advance cultural studies knowledges, projects, approaches, and methodologies throughout the world. Its members come from all over the world. The CSA provides a forum for scholars of cultural studies, in all its diverse manifestations, to exchange their work and ideas across disciplinary lines and institutional locations.

In the spring each year, the Cultural Studies Association holds an international annual conference. As with other professional organizations, the annual conference provides the membership an opportunity to meet and network with other professionals in the discipline, introduce students to the wider professional community, and share and discuss current efforts in cultural studies research and practice.

The Cultural Studies Association publishes its own journal, Lateral. Lateral, an e-publishing platform of the association, is a digital journal and production site designed to foster experimentation and collaboration among cultural studies practitioners and researchers. It is committed to critical studies of culture that advance and extend the reach of cultural studies as a field and method of inquiry and as an intellectual/political project.

The CSA is overseen by a Governing Board (serving three year terms), and a President and Vice President (serving two year terms), all elected by the membership. The Governing Board includes two to three graduate student representatives who serve three year terms.  The CSA also has an Executive Committee to ensure the timely transaction of the necessary business in the interim between the annual business meetings. 

Questions about or suggestions for the CSA should be sent to contact@culturalstudiesassociation.org

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Officers and Administration

  • Paul Smith, George Mason University, President and Acting Executive Director (2016-2018)
  • Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside, Vice President (2016-2018)
  • Sean Andrews, Columbia College Chicago, Treasurer
  • TBA, Communications and Technology Coordinator
  • Stefanie A. Jones, Eero Laine, and Chris Alen Sula, Interim Managing Editors, Lateral Journal
  • Michelle Fehsenfeld, North Park University, Administrative Manager 

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