'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?' Journeys, Treks, and Voyages That Have Shape(d) the Americas

deadline for submissions: 
October 8, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT)
contact email: 

The 61st Annual American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT) Conference will be held November 9th-11th, 2017 on the campus of Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. The Conference Committee is now accepting proposals for the upcoming meeting. The title of the 2017 conference is “'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?' Journeys, Treks, and Voyages that Define(d) the Americas” The following is a suggested, though not a comprehensive list of subject areas to consider:

Agriculture and Rural Studies                                                                Ingenuity and invention

Art (visual/performing) and Music                                                         Journalism

Communication Studies                                                                        Language and Literature          

Creative Writing                                                                                   Penal Systems and Reform                 

Environment and Landscape Studies                                                      Political Science                        

Fashion and Design                                                                              Popular Culture

Film Studies                                                                                         Sports

Folklore Studies                                                                                   Technology

Gender Studies                                                                                    Transatlantic Topics

Health and Wellness                                                                             War and the military

Historical Perspectives                                                                          Zeitgeist

 Panel Proposals sought for this year's meeting:

  • An Homage to the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War
  • Celebrating 50 years of the Public Broadcasting System
  • Returning to Vietnam, 1967
  • Retrospective discussions on iconic American/Texas Road Films and their Directors, and American/Texas Roadhouses and Roadhouse Bands 

The committee encourages the submission of proposals for panels, papers, posters, and visual presentations that reflect academic/creative inquiry of the conference theme from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Sessions will include 4-20 minute time slots for individual and/or collaborative presentations. Panel presentations are limited to 4 participants. Presenters should be professionals in their fields; graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals endorsed by a faculty mentor. The committee also welcomes submissions of creative works that address the conference theme (creative non-fiction, short works of fiction, poetry, dramatic excerpts. Blind abstracts (limited to 300 words) that clearly state a line of inquiry as it applies to the conference theme should be sent as email attached documents to: asat@shsu.edu Please include the following information on a separate cover sheet: full name, college/university affiliation, (if applicable), fall 2017 teaching schedule, contact information (campus email address, mailing address, and extension; if not university affiliated, please provide a personal email address, mailing address and phone number), and the working title of the presentation proposal. The submitter’s name/university affiliation should not appear on the abstract. Please indicate “proposal for ASAT 2017” in the email subject line.  A confirmation of receipt email will be sent immediately. If a confirmation is not received within 72 hours, please re-submit, as the proposal may not have been received initially.

A selection of scholarly and creative works presented at this year’s meeting will be solicited for publication in the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (JASAT), an annual, peer-reviewed journal edited and published on the campus of Baylor University.

ASAT 2017 is hosted by the Sam Houston State University English department, with the generous support of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Office of Academic Affairs, The Honors College, and the Office of Graduate Studies.