Every year, the American Studies Association provides early access to the program schedule so members can plan their time at the annual meeting.

Members can access the program three ways:

  1. A searchable, online program is made available in early summer through All Academic, the ASA's conference management system. This program is updated continuously.
  2. An online version of the program book will be made available in early fall through the support of Johns Hopkins University Press, which publishes the print program of the annual meeting. The online program book also becomes archived among the Library of Congress's collection of past meetings.
  3. Additionally, the ASA coordinates a conference app that gives members the ease of managing their weekend schedule from their mobile device.

More on This Year's Program

Photo of 2017 Annual meeting cover- word 'Dissent'
The Chicago meeting will reflect the astonishing breadth and volume of submissions, with 2,130 participants in 440 sessions, including 374 that were proposed as sessions and 66 that the committee created from individual paper submissions. Along with accepting the 374 sessions, the committee rejected 32, an acceptance rate of 92 percent. We received 387 individual paper proposals, of which we accepted 263 and turned down 124, an acceptance rate of 68 percent.


The program features multiple conversations organized around urgent problems that command dissent in our present moment – including several sessions on the recent struggles at Standing Rock, on campus sexual assaults and Title IX, on Black Lives Matter, Islamophobia, anti-semitism, fascism, and the targeting of undocumented immigrants. In addition, several of this year's panels remind us that 2017 marks the anniversaries of events and individuals that might anchor our critical conversations about the transmission of cultural and political practices of dissent, including the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective’s landmark “Black Feminist Statement” of 1977, the centenary of the mighty Chicago poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and the 140th anniversary of the strikes by railroad workers that proliferated in 1877 in more than a dozen cities, including Chicago.