Letter to Membership 2/13/18

February 13th, 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The first submission deadline for this year’s Cultural Studies Association annual conference is coming up on February 16th. We will be in Pittsburgh, May 31-June 2, and this year our theme is Interventions.

We are still encouraging proposals (you must be a member to submit, but we always welcome new members and encourage past members to renew their membership). Proposals on all topics of relevance to cultural studies will be considered, with priority given to proposals that critically and creatively engage this year's highlighted theme. Please go to our site for details: http://www.culturalstudiesassociation.org/conference

One plenary sessions this year will feature:

Gabeba Baderoon (Penn State U)

Lisa Brush (U. Pittsburgh)

Shalini Puri (U. Pittsburgh)

Carol Stabile (U.Maryland) 


And a special plenary on environmental issues will include

Claire Colebrook (Penn State U)

Toby Miller (CSA VP)

Kyle Whyte (Michigan State U)


As we did last year, we will devote one session to three starred panels:

Penn State University’s African American Studies program, convened by Cynthia Young

Conjunctures panel, convened by Gil Rodham

U. of Pittsburgh Cultural Studies Program panel, convened by Ronald Zboray.


We will also have 4 tremendous Author Meets Critics sessions, featuring

  • Frederick Luis Aldama, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics
  • Aimi Hamraie, Building Access: Universal Design, Disability, and the Politics of Knowing-Making
  • Sami Schalk, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction
  • Heath Fogg Davis, Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?


During the course of the meetings the Cultural Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh is also organizing a special seminar:

Voicing Disability: Cultural Interventions, Ethical Dilemmas, and Methodological Possibilities

With Mary Jo Festle, Lennard Davis, and Dea H Boster

And before the Cultural Studies Association conference itself, you are invited to a special one-day symposium on Wednesday, May 30th: The Future of Capitalism and Cultural Studies. This is hosted by the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon as part of their year-long “Marx @ 200” series of events.”

All of this adds up to what I’m certain will be yet another exciting and challenging conference for the CSA.

So, please submit proposals for panels and papers soon!

And be sure to contact us if you have any questions (admin@culturalstudiesassociation.org).

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Pittsburgh.

Paul Smith

President, Cultural Studies Association