New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA)
Emergence and Emergencies
New York University
New York, New York
In serving the American Studies community in the New York City region, NYMASA aims to sustain our connection to the significant work of the ASA by offering our constituency the opportunity to present their work in concert with American studies colleagues across the nation. With the permission of the ASA, we have intentionally aligned our CFP to facilitate such collaboration.
NYMASA invites inquiry into states, themes, and subjects of emergence and emergency across the disciplines and sub-fields of American studies. In doing so, we invoke the various inspirations from the global north and the global south that have occasioned American Studies scholarship and its critical interventions for the last twenty years, particularly around the relationship of emergence to emergency. In emphasizing states of emergence, we underscore its importance as a critical analytic for how we might apprehend and understand our contemporary moment, as well as histories of the present.
In an effort to imagine emergence alongside the ASA, we too observe “states of emergence” as domains of coalition, relationality, and political struggle. This year’s theme is therefore an affirmation of Audre Lorde’s sense that our emergences and interventions are not “one-time [events].” They require us to “become always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established, outgrown responses.” They are opportunities to “[learn] to address each other’s difference with respect,” creating allied emergences that are necessarily feminist, queer, unpredictable, and unlikely.
Keynote Conversation: Dr. Kandice Chuh (CUNY Graduate Center, 2017-2018 ASA President)