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)

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