CFP: Panelist proposals for ASA 2020-Art’s Reparative Turn: Creating Agency, Hopeful Futurities, and Movement Towards an Exit

deadline for submissions: 
January 25, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Shannon Forrester, Royal College of Art, UK

CFP: Seeking panelist proposals for Creativity within Revolt, the American Studies Association (ASA) 2020 annual conference taking place November 12-15, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland USA

Full panel proposal to be submitted to the ASA review committee conference information available here:

Please submit proposals via on or before: January, 25, 2020

The American Studies Association annual meeting theme “Creativity within Revolt” speaks to creative practitioners across disciplines. This panel seeks proposals from those in: visual arts, music, dance, poetics, interdisciplinary practice, and performance to present current artistic research from practices that intersect with the concept of a reparative turn. In Reparative Reading, Paranoid Reading (2003) Sedgwick proposed that a critical reparative-based approach offers promising, productive, and undiscovered potential to create individual and social agency that produces a move toward an exit from identity-based bias by reaching for pleasure rather than avoiding shame while also assimilating the violence and trauma that permeates these systems (Sedgwick: 2003; and Best: 2016). A reparative turn offers a constructive action, a re-making-inventing of an empowered-self narrative, an undertaking of a kind of surgery on wounds inflicted by systemic oppression, producing a hopeful exit from othering’s shadows in the context of a creative imaginary engaged with the many possible new existence(s) repair might produce. Sedgwick's paper is a call for queer and feminist scholars to consider reparative theory vs. paranoid approaches that currently dominate the fields of liberatory studies. This panel seeks to further Sedgwick’s proposal for investment in reparative theory by replacing the suggested reading framework with artistic practice. Specifically, this call seeks contributions foregrounding artistic practices that embody subversive imaginaries in revolt against hegemonic and social othering through a reparative turn towards agency and an exit from dynamics of bias. 

The ASA conference theme “Creativity in Revolt” asks “What imaginative and practical possibilities are (simultaneously) opened when people move against seemingly immovable systems of violent domination? How might revolt itself be conceptualized as a creative and artistic form, catalyzing as it actively produces new ways of interacting with what Sylvia Wynter calls the “praxis of human being?”” (ASA open call)

Brief guidelines on ASA and the panel format: 

All panel participants are required to be members of ASA in advance of panel proposal submission. If a participant is an artist they must email in advance of proposal submission to request a membership waiver. ASA requires all speakers to register for the conference.

Panels are 1 hour and 45 minutes including the chair’s remarks, each individual presentation, and Q&A. More in  depth information is available on the ASA website

If you would like to submit a proposal to present as part of this panel, please go to and upload the information below before January, 25, 2020

  • Your email address

  • Your full name

  • Your affiliation and title

  • Paper or presentation title (maximum of 15 words)

  • Paper or presentation abstract (maximum of 500 words)

  • Biographical statement (maximum of 350-words) ASA biographical statement guidance

  • Professional website

    Thank you, I look forward to reviewing your submissions