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Extended deadline for Crossroads 2018

Submission Deadline Extended to December 20th, 2017!

Considering the obstruction in accessing the Crossroads 2018 conference website in the last three weeks of October, the organizing committee has decided to extend the submission deadline to December 20th, 2017 for both the main conference and pre-conference. You could enter our mirror station ( to get more information.

You can submit your panel or paper proposal here.

For Conference:

For Pre-conference:

This is the very first time for “Crossroads in Cultural Studies” conference to come to Mainland China. Hosted by Shanghai University, Crossroads 2018 has an exciting line up. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with leading researchers in the field. Featured speakers for now include Meaghan Morris, Lawrence Grossberg, WEN Tiejun, Sandro Mezzadra, Neferti X.M. Tadiar, and many more speakers to be announced!

Also, a unique online bulletin board called “People’s Park” ( been made accessible. Participants who need to organize panels are encouraged to find their panel partners with this platform. Please feel free to contact them to organize panels if you have similar ideas. You can also email the organizers ( with the subject line “People’s Park” if you are willing to find panel partners by joining “People’s Park.” A Microsoft Word attachment file (doc, docx) including the topic of your individual paper, suggestions for the topics of the potential panel you might organize, and personal information such as an email address and research interests will also be needed.

Crossroads 2018 website and CfP

The Association for Cultural Studies is delighted to announce that the next ACS Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference will be held in Shanghai, China, in August 2018. The website for Crossroads 2018 Shanghai conference is now open and can be reached at:

For the first time in its history, Crossroads in Cultural Studies is coming to mainland China. Hosted by Shanghai University, the 12th International Conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies will be held in Shanghai from August 12 to 15, 2018, bringing scholars together in the biggest Chinese city to engage with the past, present and future of cultural studies scholarship. In addition, a day-long pre-conference for graduate students will be held on August 11, 2018.

The Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference has played an important role in fostering the global exchange of Cultural Studies scholarship. It has become a major international conference where scholars from all five continents gather regularly to share their research, critical views, and scholarly insights. Organized by ACS, the Crossroads conference is held every other year in different parts of the world. Previous conferences have taken place in Birmingham (UK), Urbana-Champaign (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Kingston (Jamaica), Hong Kong (China), Paris (France), Tampere (Finland), and Sydney (Australia).


• Submit your proposal using the online forms before December 1, 2017: The call for both pre-organized panel and individual paper proposals is now open. Submission guidelines and forms can be accessed through, the website of Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Shanghai University, which is the local organizer of the event.
• ACS assistance scheme for Crossroads 2018: ACS offers a small number of grants to assist its members from under-represented regions with travel, accommodation or registration expenses. These funds are limited. Full support cannot usually be provided and travel assistance takes the form of a reimbursement. (Details will be provided in due course.)
• Information on keynote and plenary speakers, on registration and accommodation, and on the student pre-conference will follow soon.
• Spread the news! Please forward this message to your colleagues and friends – we look forward to seeing you in Shanghai!

Suggested topics:
The Crossroads conference is open to all topics relevant to cultural studies. Here you can find a number of suggested topics provided by the 2018 Crossroads organizer as food for thought, drawing on the work of the invited keynote, plenary and spotlight speakers, and on more general themes in cultural studies research. However, all contemporary cultural studies topics are welcome at this conference.

Relationships between the urban and the rural
Political/cultural unconscious of the youth
Ideas and practices for the alternative
Knowledge production and its transformation
Rethinking university and the academic community
Return to the communities
Human/non-human relations
Working class and the intellectual proletariat
Green culture/economy
Gender identity
Creative industry and cultural economy
Labor right and robot
Political and technical dimensions of “post-truth”
Practices of space
Food sovereignty, safety and quality
Redefinition of economy
Cultural citizenship
New media and new politics
Law and everyday-life rationality
Immaterial labor and intellectual property
Rethinking time in the digital era
Regional cultural traditions and global mainstream culture
Borders and mobilities

Email: the pre-conference)
Wechat: 当代文化研究网(cul-studies)

New Board and a Change to Bylaws

ACS membership has voted and we have a new Board! Congratulations to everyone elected.

Please see the list of the members of the new Board here.

The membership also voted YES on the proposed change to bylaws. This means that, from now on, roughly half the Board will stand for election every two years. The amendment also allowed for a one-time change in the term length for half the incoming Board, so as to set up the initial staggering of terms. Half of the new Board will thus serve the Board for 6 years, while the other half will serve it for 4 years. The next ACS Board election will be held in 2020.

Please see the bylaws in their entirety here.

Crossroads 2014 website live and first Call for Papers and Sessions being distributed.

Association for Cultural Studies is pleased to announce that the first Call for Papers and Session for the Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2014, held in Tampere, Finland from 1st to 4th of July 2014 is being distributed. You can read the CfP as well as additional information on the conference from the conference website.

Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2014, 1-4.7.2014

Association for Cultural Studies is pleased to announce that the bi-annual cultural studies conference, Crossroads in Cultural Studies, will return to it’s birthplace in Tampere, Finland in the summer of 2014.

Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2014 will be held 1st through 4th of July, 2014, at Tampere-talo, Tampere, Finland. The conference website will open during the spring of 2013, and first calls for papers and sessions will follow shortly thereafter.

Furthermore, ACS continues to assure to it’s members that it is committed to hosting Crossroads 2016 outside Europe. ACS is aware that hosting the conference twice in a row in Europe places more burden on members outside Europe. The decision was made based on demanding and unique circumstances. Call for Hosts for Crossroads 2016 will be opened to all interested parties on a later date.

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