Saturday, August 05, 2006


Portland, Oregon (Portland State University) April 19-21, 2007

The Cultural Studies Association (U.S.) invites participation in its Fifth Annual Meeting from all areas and on all topics of relevance to Cultural Studies, including but not limited to literature, history, sociology, geography, anthropology, communications, popular culture, cultural theory,
queer studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, postcolonial studies, media and film studies, material culture studies, performance and visual arts studies.

The conference this year will feature plenary sessions on Ethics and Environment; Asia, The Pacific Rim, and Capitalism; and Post-9/11 America and the World. Plenarists will include:

Jill Casid, Art History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Eric Cazdyn, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Katharyne Mitchell, Geography, University of Washington
David Palumbo-Liu, Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Paul Smith, Cultural Studies, George Mason University
Andrew Ross, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

All participants in the Fifth Annual meeting must pay registration fees by March 15, 2007, to be listed and participate in the program. See the registration page of the CSA conference website for details about fees at

If you have any questions about procedures for submission or other concerns,
please e-mail us at:

We welcome proposals in the following four categories:

Proposals for individual papers are due October 16, 2006.

Successful papers will reach several constituencies of the organization and will connect analysis to social, political, economic, or ethical questions.

They should be submitted at
Successful submission will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours, please resubmit. The acknowledgement will say that your proposal has been "successfully submitted," which does NOT mean your proposal has been accepted.

All paper proposals require:

a. The name, email address, department and institutional affiliation of the author, entered on the website.
b. A 500-word abstract for the 20-minute paper entered on the website.
c. Any needed audio-visual equipment must be noted following the abstract in that space on the site.

Proposals for pre-constituted sessions are due October 16, 2006.

Roundtables are sessions in which panelists offer brief remarks, but the bulk of the session is devoted to discussion among the panelists and audience members. Workshops are similarly devoted primarily to discussion, but they focus on practical problems in such areas as teaching, research, or activism. No paper titles may be included for roundtables or workshops.

Pre-constituted sessions should NOT be submitted on the website, but should be sent to with the words "Session Proposal" in the subject line. All proposals will be acknowledged, but please allow at least two business days before inquiring.

All session proposals require:

a. The name, email address, phone number, and department and institutional
affiliation of the proposer.
b. The names, email addresses, and department and institutional affiliations
of each participant.
c. A 500-word overview of the session, including identifying the type of
session (panel, roundtable, workshop) proposed. For paper sessions, also
include 500-word abstracts of each of the papers. Paper sessions should
have three or four papers.
d. A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must
be requested with the proposal.

Proposals for division sessions are due October 16, 2006.

CSA is initiating a new format for the conference: divisions, which are thematic groupings of sessions, organized by division leaders. Division leaders will organize two to three sessions for the conference. These division sessions will be marked in the conference program. Lists of
divisions and procedures for submission to divisions are at (See link in the bottom paragraph.)

Proposals for seminars are due October 16, 2006.

The conference will again feature a series of seminars. Seminars are small-group (maximum 15 individuals) discussion sessions for which participants write brief "position papers" that are circulated prior to the conference. Those wishing to lead seminars are encouraged to submit a
proposal. Once seminar leaders are chosen, the seminars will be announced through the CSA's various public e-mail lists on November 1. Participants will contact the seminar leader directly who will then inform the Program Committee who will participate in the seminar after November 20.

Seminar proposals should be sent to: May Joseph, Assoc. Prof. Global Studies, Pratt Institute

All seminar proposals require:

a. A 500-word overview of the topic designed to attract participants and
clear instructions about how the seminar will work.
b. The name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and departmental
and institutional affiliation of the leader(s) proposing the seminar.
c. A brief bio or one page CV of the leader proposing the seminar.
d. A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must
be requested with the proposal. Since seminars typically involve discussion
of previously circulated papers, such requests must be explained.

Those interested in participating in (rather than leading) a seminar should
consult the list of seminars and the instructions for signing up for them,
available on November 1 at