Each spring, CSA holds an international annual conference. As with other professional organizations, the conference members 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. Programs from past conferences are also available.
2024 Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Annual
Twenty-Second Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (USA)
May 30 - June 1, 2024
Online and in-person, hosted by The Cultural Studies Association and Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus in Savannah, Georgia, USA
DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 17th, 2024, 11:59 PM EST
The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) invites proposals for participation in its twenty-second annual hybrid meeting. Proposals on all topics relevant to cultural studies will be considered, with priority given to those that engage this year's theme of “Expansions.”
THIS YEAR’S THEME: EXPANSIONS
Throughout history, the notion of expansions has been used to both build up and tear down entire cultures, nations, and peoples. It has been used as a justification for state, religious, and racial violence, and simultaneously has lifted millions out of poverty. Technological expansions have meant that our responsibilities as global citizens have broadened, as we bear witness to protests, conflict, and war across the world in real time. All the while, the growth of capitalism as a political and economic system perpetuates the cycle of expansions, even as we grapple with climate change as the existential crisis of our time to our planet and species.
How do we as cultural studies scholars make sense of expansions under these conditions? Do expansions directly correlate with growth and progress, or can we also think of expansions as sites of emptiness or uncertainty? Who has the power to expand, and who does not? How can we foster the expansion of marginalized or oppressed voices? What is the impact of expansions on the global and the local? Are expansions necessary for survival, or do they ultimately lead to destruction?
This year’s theme of “Expansions” continues the CSA's minimalist approach to conference themes that we have taken over the past two years with “Conclusions” and “Reckoning(s).” This theme gestures toward the expansion of the canon of cultural studies to include a greater variety of disciplines, methodologies, and voices. It makes reference to how the CSA is as an organization expanding, through its efforts to create new working groups and strengthen existing ones, as well as encouraging submissions in a diverse array of presentation and panel formats. More generally, it reflects how the academy as a whole is expanding, or must expand, to include a greater diversity of voices, as well as the increasing need to expand equity and accessibility in light of the structural faults revealed by the pandemic. Expansions as a theme lacks a clear positive or negative connotation, which allows for a variety of interpretations as to its application to the field of cultural studies. It could point toward tensions arising from expansion against political retrenchment, or could make reference to an expansion as a bridge, or joint, that emerges to connect two places or ideas. It brings to mind the notion of the expanse as a void, an empty space that can hold vast potential or elicit a fear of the unknown. It allows us to question whether expansions, of technologies, economic or political systems, or ideologies, are ultimately beneficial or harmful.
ENGAGING WITH THE THEME
As with past conferences, we welcome proposals from all disciplines and topics relevant to cultural studies. We also encourage proposers to think within, beyond, and perhaps against the following topics as they consider the shape and content of their prospective participation:
Travel and Lodging
The Savannah, Georgia area has a great deal of options for lodging - in hotels throughout the city, especially by the riverwalk and downtown, as well as AirBnBs. Public transit is available to and from the conference location, please plan accordingly. The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is approximately 30 minutes to downtown Savannah.
Our goal this year is to again hold all sessions in a fully hybrid format, as we have done successfully for all iterations of the conference in recent years. This is not only a matter of convenience or choice, but is due to the Governing Board’s commitment to make the conference more accessible for those who cannot join us due to health, mobility, or visa/travel. Hybrid means that most sessions will be composed of both in-person and virtual participants. All in-person participants are therefore effectively “hybrid” participants as well, ideally able to interact with both the other in-person participants in the room as well as the virtual participants in the synchronous Zoom session. We will update the website with any changes to format as we get closer to the event.
SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION
● Friday, December 1, 2023: Submission System Open
● Sunday, February 11, 2024: Final Deadline for Submissions
● Monday, December 4, 2023 until Friday, April 5, 2024: Early Bird Registration
● Friday, March 1, 2024: Notifications sent out
● Friday, April 5, 2024: Early Registration Ends, Regular Registration Rate Begins
● Friday, May, 11, 2024: Last day to register to participate in the conference. If you do not register by this date and are not a current member, your name will be dropped from the program.
REGISTRATION: In order to participate in the conference and be listed in the program, all those accepted to participate must register before Friday, May 3, 2024. Remember: registration for the conference and membership in the CSA are combined transactions. All proposals should be submitted through Easy Chair using the following link:
Make sure to create and/or log in to your Easy Chair account before you attempt to submit. Please prepare all the materials required to propose your session according to the given directions before you begin electronic submission. All program information--names, presentation titles, and institutional affiliations--will be based on initial conference submissions. Please avoid lengthy presentation and session titles, use normal capitalization and standard fonts, and include your name and affiliations as you would like them to appear on the conference program schedule.
INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIPS include individual memberships for up to seven affiliate faculty, staff and students at member institutions. Graduate students who wish to submit proposals are strongly encouraged to speak with their Department Chair or Program Director about institutional membership and where possible, make use of the complimentary individual memberships and therefore reduced registration rates. Full benefits of institutional membership are described here:
SUBMISSION FORMATS: We especially encourage submissions of pre-constituted sessions, though individual paper proposals will be considered/accepted. Proposals with participants from multiple institutions will be given preference.
All sessions are 90 minutes long. All conference formats are intended to encourage the presentation and discussion of projects at different stages of development and to foster intellectual exchange and collaboration. Please feel free to adapt the suggested formats or propose others in order to suit your session’s goals. Further information regarding various session formats available for submission can be found below.
If you have any questions, please address them to Michelle Fehsenfeld at: firstname.lastname@example.org
LATERAL WORKSHOP: Lateral, the journal of the Cultural Studies Association, invites submissions of emerging work for constructive feedback with the Lateral editors at the Cultural Studies Association 2024 Conference. If you are interested in being considered for the workshop merely check “yes” when prompted to do so in Easychair and, if accepted to the conference, you will also automatically be considered for the workshop. We especially invite participation from junior scholars, graduate students, and those working beyond the bounds of the university, as well as those who intend to eventually submit their work to Lateral (workshop papers that are later submitted to the journal will undergo regular editorial and peer review). Those interested in participating will be notified of their acceptance into the workshop in February, and complete drafts of articles (approximately 4,000–9,000 words in length) will be due two weeks before the conference. Strong submissions will situate their considerations of cultural practices, critical theories, and/or pedagogies within established and emerging conversations in cultural studies. Prospective workshop participants should submit abstracts (no more than 500 words) or draft articles (approximately 4,000–9,000 words in length) through the submission system by the deadline for submissions. The journal can be accessed at csalateral.org