The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association bridges the gap between university-based and museum-based scholars to promote the study of material culture in American Studies programs. On this page, you’ll find announcements about current and upcoming Caucus activities, reports on past activities, and educational resources produced by the Caucus. For more information, visit the Caucus blog at
The ASA Material Culture Caucus
Please see the CFP below from the ASA's material culture caucus:
The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association wishes to encourage participation in the November 9-12, 2017, Annual Meeting: “Pedagogies of Dissent” in Chicago.
To read the conference Call for Papers see: http://www.theasa.net/submit_a_proposal
Special Thanks to Debby Andrews for sharing this great resource!
The following is a report from a conference workshop held at the 2014 American Studies Association meeting.
Twenty Years, Twenty Questions to Ask an Object
Friday November 7 2014
2:00 to 3:45pm, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Cerritos (L1)
Debby Andrews, Sarah Carter, Estella Chung, Ellen Garvey, Catherine Whalen
The Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association wishes to encourage participation in the 2016 Annual Meeting: “Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are,” November 17-20, 2016, Denver, Colorado.
To read the conference Call for Papers please see:
Areas of interest related to the theme include (but are not limited to) the material culture of:
I mis-typed the title of this post! These events all took place last weekend at ASA2015 in Toronto, not 2016 as the title says. Hope it didn't cause anyone to miss the meeting which was, by all accounts, wonderful! Hopefully you'll get a chance to catch up at ASA2016 in Denver. More on that later.
Colleagues in Material Culture,
Please join us at the annual business meeting of the Material Culture Caucus and at our sponsored sessions during the ASA meeting in Toronto on October 9 and 10. While the theme is misery and resistance, the atmosphere should be a pleasant one, as usual, with good conversations among the material culture oriented. I’ve listed titles and locations for our two sponsored sessions, scheduled back-to-back for our convenience, but much more detail is available in the online program.
In case it makes for easier viewing, here is the 20 questions document with links to video and more info:
Co-authored by Debby Andrews, Sarah Carter, Estella Chung, Ellen Garvey, Shirley Wajda, and Catherine Whalen. Revised based on feedback from the workshop “Twenty Years, Twenty Questions to Ask an Object,” conducted by the Material Culture Caucus of American Studies Association at the ASA’s 2014 annual meeting.
The Encyclopedia of American Studies Forum (EAS), an online publication on the American Studies Association website, invites contributions for its planned 2016 feature on "Exhibiting American Studies." This theme follows previous forums with multiple authors on
The University of Michigan will host this conference in March (submission deadline is in November), featuring visiting editors from numerous presses, including University of Minnesota Press, University of Illinois Press, University of California Press, UNC Press, and NYU Press.
Envisioning American Studies:
An Anniversary Conference
March 18, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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