ACS Ballot 2016

ACS Ballot 2016 has started and will go on untill May 31, 2016. A link to the ballot has been sent to all current ACS members’ email.

All ACS members can vote for the Chair and Vice Chair of the Association. Each member can also vote for candidates from their designated geographic region.

In addition to the election of the new Board, the current Board has drafted a proposed change to the ACS bylaws, which is now presented to the membership for their approval. If three-fourths of the voting members approve the proposal, then the bylaws shall be amended accordingly.

More information on the election and personal statements for the candidates can be found at: http://www.cultstud.org/wordpress/?page_id=1101.

Use your right to vote!

ACS Board Election 2016 – Candidates

The list of candidates for the ACS Board Election 2016 is ready, and can be found at http://www.cultstud.org/wordpress/?page_id=1101. Also included on the page, are the candidates’ personal statements. Please note that some
candidate statements are still forthcoming, and that we will update the
website as those arrive.

Also on that page: details of a proposed change to the ACS Bylaws — one
that would increase continuity between different versions of the Board
by staggering Board members’ terms — that the current Board has
approved and is presenting to the membership for a formal vote. As
required by the bylaws, this change requires approval by at least 75% of
the voting members in order to go into effect.

We will begin the formal voting process for both the Board elections and
the proposed bylaws change in early May. Please remember that voting
privileges are limited to current ACS members. If you need to renew (or
begin) your membership, you can find the necessary information for doing
so here: http://www.cultstud.org/wordpress/?page_id=18

ACS Board Election 2016

The ACS Bylaws call for an election of the association’s Board every four years, and since the current Board began its term in 2012, the time has come to elect a new Board.

The bylaws state that the Board has one Chair and one Vice Chair, plus regional representatives as follows:

Africa – 3 (one from Southern Africa)
Asia – 4 (one from Northeast Asia, one from Southeast Asia, and one from South Asia)
Australia and New Zealand – 2
Europe – 4 (one from Northern Europe, one from Central and Eastern Europe, and one from Western and Southern Europe)
Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean – 4
North America and the English- and French-speaking Caribbean – 4

The bylaws make it necessary to hold the election electronically, so that the results of the election can be announced at the Crossroads conference in December. The first step in the election process is to find good and willing candidates. We therefore ask for nominations now!

The following current Board members have chosen not to stand for re-election, and we would like to publicly thank them here for their service to the Association for the past four (or, for those Board members marked with an asterisk, eight) years:

Gil Rodman (Chair, North America)*
Bassey Ubong (Africa)
Hamied Alromaithy (Asia)*
Josephine Ho (Asia)
Kristina Gottschall (Australia/New Zealand)
Chantal Cornut-Gentille D’Arcy (Europe)*
Roman Horak (Europe)*
Eric Maigret (Europe)*
Rosario Radakovich (Latin America)*
Ana Wortman (Latin America)

All other current Board members are hereby nominated as candidates to the new Board:

Boulou Ebanda de B’beri (Africa)
Sumit Narula (Asia)
Jeremy Gilbert (Europe)
Ahtziri Molina (Latin America)
Juan Ricardo Aparicio (Latin America)
Mark Hayward (North America)
Matt Jordan (North America)
Sonjah Stanley Niaah (North America)

Additionally, Stephen Chan (Asia) and Catherine Driscoll (Australia/New Zealand), who have been serving on the Board since 2008 and 2012 (respectively), have agreed to stand for election as Chair and Vice Chair (again, respectively).

Considering the need to fill all positions, as well as the desire to have access to potential substitutes, it is obviously important that good representatives are nominated from all regions. We would thus like to invite the Association’s membership to submit nominations for suitable Board members, including the positions of Chair and Vice Chair.

All nominations must be submitted by 31 March 2016 via email to info@cultstud.org.

Each nomination (including those for current Board members standing for re-election) must be accompanied by a brief statement (250-500 words) presenting the nominee. Self-nominations are permitted. If nominating someone other than yourself, please provide contact information for the nominee so that we can confirm his or her willingness to be nominated.

All nominations will be announced on the ACS website in April 2016, with full information on the voting procedure, and with discussion time before the actual voting starts in May.

Crossroads 2016 website and CfP

ACS is delighted to announce that the website for Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference is now open and can be found at: http://www.crossroads2016.org/

Also included is the first call for papers for the event.

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS: CROSSROADS IN CULTURAL STUDIES, 2016
For the first time in its history, Crossroads in Cultural Studies is coming to the southern hemisphere. Hosted by the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, the 11th International Conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies will be held in Sydney, Australia, from December 14th to 17th 2016, bringing scholars together in the beautiful summertime setting of Sydney University to engage with the past, present and future of cultural studies scholarship.

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

A day-long postgraduate/graduate research student conference will precede the main conference (on 13 December, 2016).

• Submit your proposal using the online forms before April 30th, 2016: The call for both paper and pre-organised panel proposals is now open. Submission guidelines and forms can be accessed through our website:www.crossroads2016.org.
• ACS assistance scheme for Crossroads 2016: The Association for Cultural Studies will offer a small number of grants to assist participants from ACS under-represented regions with travel accommodation or registration expenses.
• 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 Sydney in our summer 2016!

Possible topics
The conference is open to all topics relevant to cultural studies. Here are some suggested topics as food for thought, drawing on the work of our invited keynote, plenary and spotlight speakers, and on more general themes in cultural studies research. However, all contemporary cultural studies research is welcome at this conference:
• Diversity, culture, governance
• Indigenous knowledge and politics
• Borders and mobilities
• Culture, gender and decolonisation
• Data cultures
• Extraction: cultures and industries
• Media regulation: from censorship to piracy
• Popular affect online
• Transforming christianities
• Who counts in the anthropocene? gender, sexuality, race and class
• Securitization
• Australasian cultural studies
• Consumption and everyday life
• Critical and cultural theory
• Digital infrastructure
• Culture, gender and sexuality
• Globalisation and culture
• Human/non-human relations
• Inter-Asian cultural studies
• Managing cities
• Migrant cultural studies
• Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
• Popular cultures and genres
• Public culture and cultural policy
• Rethinking the human
• Rural cultural studies
• Screen and media culture
• Transforming/Globalising universities
Steering Committee: Professor Catherine Driscoll (USyd), Professor Tony Bennett (WSU), Associate Professor Tess Lea (USyd), Professor Brett Nielson (WSU), Professor Elspeth Probyn (USyd), Dr Guy Redden (USyd), Dr Shanthi Robertson (WSU).

Web: www.crossroads2016.org
Email: acs.2016@sydney.edu.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/XR2016/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/XR_2016

The 11th Association for Cultural Studies “Crossroads in Cultural Studies” conference in Sydney, Australia, in December 2016

Save the date!

We are excited to announce that the 11th Association for Cultural Studies “Crossroads in Cultural Studies” conference will be held in Sydney, Australia, in December 2016. This is the first time in its history that the Crossroads conference has been held in the southern hemisphere. Make your plans now to enjoy an exciting international scholarly event in the Australian summer.

When:
14-16 December (with a separate pre-conference event for graduate/postgraduate researchers on 13 December)
Where:
The University of Sydney, Australia (pre-conference event at the University of Western Sydney)

A call for papers, and information on invited speakers, will follow later this year. For any preliminary inquiries please email acs.2016@sydney.edu.au.

The Third ACS Institute 2015: Precarious Futures in Bloemfontein, South Africa

The Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) is delighted to announce the third  ACS Institute, which will be held from 7-12 December 2015 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The theme of the 2015 Institute is “Precarious Futures.”

The ACS Institute will be a forum for critical discussions of important perspectives on cultural studies today.  Our theme is intended to forge productive and provocative conversations about how cultural studies might help to chart less precarious and more equitable futures. As a field that has, since its inception, been centrally concerned with the relationship between culture and power, cultural studies can offer unique perspectives on precariousness as not only an endemic experience of contemporary life, but as a state increasingly anticipated for human and non-human planetary futures. This Institute will provide a sustained opportunity for critical reflection on the cultural, economic and political trajectories that point to, or might alter, such futures.

The Institute will provide an intense and rewarding pedagogical experience for postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers (established scholars are also welcome) who will have the opportunity to spend the week learning from lectures and seminars delivered by five keynote speakers and a faculty staff of leading cultural studies scholars from around the world.  The following keynote speakers have been confirmed:

  • Jean Comaroff (Harvard University, USA)
  • John Erni (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
  • Jo Littler (City University London, UK)
  • Zethu Matebeni (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Handel Kashope Wright (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Following on the great successes of the previous ACS Institutes — 2011 at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and 2013 at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt (Austria) — the 2015 edition of the Institute will bring together people from a wide range of disciplines to explore what it means to conduct cultural studies. We invite and encourage participation from researchers who work in disciplines such as cultural studies, film studies, media studies, cultural sociology, cultural anthropology, literary theory and criticism, discourse analysis, new literacy studies, educational studies, rhetorical criticism, and so forth.

Those interested in participating are invited to take notice of the above mentioned dates. Email inquiries can be addressed to either Helene Strauss (2015 ACS Institute Organizer, strausshj@ufs.ac.za) or Gil Rodman (ACS Chair, gbrodman@mindspring.com).   Practical information about registration and a full list of Institute keynotes and faculty will be disseminated in due course.

Handel Kashope Wright

European Journal of Cultural Studies panel discussion at Crossroads 2014

Room: Sopraano

Time: Thursday July 3, 15.45

Panelists:

Mila Steele, publisher at Sage Publications (and former publishing editor of ECS)

Pertti Alasuutari, University of Tampere, Finland

Ann Gray, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Joke Hermes, Inholland University, The Netherlands

 Started in Tampere in 1996, with the first issue out in 1998, the teen-aged European Journal of Cultural Studies (ECS) has become a key outlet of scholarship in this cross-disciplinary field. The panel members, former publishing editor of ECS at Sage and the three founding editors discuss the past, present and future of cultural studies through the ‘lens’ of the history of ECS. It will draw on recollections of the editors as well as on the increasingly available ‘big data’ collected on how the journal is used. Key questions will be: how has cultural studies changed over the years in terms of the scholarship, geographical spread, topics and themes covered? What inferences can be made from the way readers use ECS by looking at the list of most-read and most-cited articles? Looking towards the future: how will journal publishing (in cross-disciplinary fields such as cultural studies) be affected by open access publishing? This will be an informal event, in which the participation of all present is invited! Snacks and wine will be served towards the end of the session.