Researchers, teachers, students, writers, activists, curators, community organizers, and activists from around the world who are dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of U.S. culture and history in a global context.
Many things that connect us to each other. We publish American Quarterly; organize an annual international meeting and regional events; provide resources; and collaborate with museums, public institutions, and communities.
Original research, teaching, critical thinking, public discussion, and dissent. We share a commitment to viewing U.S. history and culture from multiple perspectives and taking a stand on issues of importance and broad consensus.
Participation in the ASA gives you access to a vibrant scholarly community—at and beyond the annual meeting. You’ll find abundant opportunities for professional advancement, intellectual engagement, and personal development.
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Editors Joseph Darda and Amira Rose Davis
In their introduction, guest editors Joseph Darda and Amira Rose Davis point out, “the absence of sports from the study of American empire.” This special issue brings these conversations together to show what “the body issue” means today. The editors’ framing and the contributors’ inquiries move beyond existing scholarship, both in terms of specific sports studied, as well as in methodological tools and approaches at the forefront of American studies, e.g., Black studies, critical refugee studies, digital media studies, disability studies, queer and trans studies, and surveillance studies. The essays illustrate that, in the guest editors’ words, “sports are fundamental to how we know our bodies and, therefore, ourselves and the world through which we move.”Explore AQ »