CSA President Letter

A Letter From CSA President, Toby Miller: 

Dear Cultural Studies Association Members,

It was great to meet many of you and listen to outstanding papers at the recent conference in Pittsburgh. As is often the case with such events, I felt exhilarated and enervated in equal measure by the end! Thanks to all of you for making it work, none more so than Michelle Fehsenfeld in our office, the site committee, and our past President, Paul Smith.

I look forward very much to your participation in next year's conference, which will be at Tulane University in New Orleans from May 30-June 1, 2019. The University features such renowned cultural-studies scholars as Ana López, Mimi Schippers, Mauro Porto, Chris Dunn, Ferruh Yilmaz, Mohan Ambikaipaker, Amalia Leguizamón, and Vicki Mayer, inter alios. For those of you interested in Latin America, Tulane library’s collection of archival and scholarly materials is unmatched in the US, and there are about 60 Faculty working on the region.

It’s a leisurely and gorgeous street-car ride from downtown to Tulane’s beautiful campus. The city itself remains a majority-black one, despite the racialized gentrification that has gone on since Katrina. A vibrant intermingling of responses and resistances to Spanish, French, and Anglo imperialism and colonialism is evident in daily life, in joyous as well as painful ways.

But on to business—the Association’s Nominations Committee invites applications from candidates interested in serving on the CSA Governing Board and as Working Group Leaders. Please nominate yourself if you’re interested. 

General Board:

We need to fill up to six positions on the Governing Board (GB): FIVE regular and ONE student. GB Members serve 3-year terms, starting on June 1, 2019 and ending in 2022 after our annual conference. 

General board members are expected to participate in ongoing subcommittee work, respond in a timely manner to all email correspondence, attend the CSA annual convention (and Sunday board meeting), and be members of the CSA in good standing. Please submit your nominations for governing board to nominating committee chair David Zeglen (dzeglen@gmu.edu) by August 31th, 2018.

Working Groups:

The CSA will also have several leadership positions opening up to convene Working Groups. An email will follow in the coming weeks with more information. CSA members are also invited to propose new working groups by reaching out directly to CSA’s Working Group Coordinator, Lisa Daily, Lisa.Daily@nyu.edu.

Additional information on CSA procedures, by-laws, and position information may be found in the CSA website.

Please feel free to email Working Group Coordinator Lisa Daily (Lisa.Daily@nyu.edu.) or Nominating Committee Chair David Zeglen (dzeglen@gmail.edu) with any questions or concerns. 


Toby Miller, CSA President