Against Method: Listen and Act before You Write

This session takes as its premise an all too common event among graduate students and professional ethnographers: whatever prospectus one wrote about methods becomes trash on arrival at a research location. The presenters have experienced this event with mixed feelings, those liberation (the...

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Hijacked Resistance

People never stop resisting unfair treatment imposed on them. Sometimes, they struggle single-handedly, while in many cases, their campaigns may be capitalized by a few demagogues with much broader and more ambitious goals that they do not necessarily endorse. In order to magnify their voice,...

Current contributors: 
Zhaokun Liu
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“Fighting as we Build?”: Race, Resistance, Psychoanalysis

This 2019 annual meeting theme, “build as we fight,” reminds us that revolutions necessarily entail a double investment, both in negating domination and exploitation and affirming alternative forms of life. The theme also leaves open the possibility that the relationship between what must be...

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David K. Seitz, Harvey Mudd College
Travis Alexander, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Arab American Studies & Resistance

Arab American Studies is a significant site for analyzing and envisioning transnational and ecological connectivity, particularly given recent interdisciplinary scholarship that emphasizes intersections with fields such as trans-Indigenous, Palestine, queer, and Black studies. For example, Arab...

Current contributors: 
Danielle Haque and Nina Shoman-Dajani
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Risky Places: Geographies of Race and Risk

We seek interdisciplinary papers for a proposed panel at the 2019 American Studies Association conference investigating the overlapping geographies of race and risk. While scholars have primarily emphasized risk as a modality of liberal governance and a technology of rule, our approach considers...

Current contributors: 
Jamal Batts
Brittany Meché
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Islamophobia and Hate Crime Against Muslim-Americans

Islamophobia is a kind of xenophobia which stigmatizes Middle Eastern-Americans as “others’ against “us”. The important point about Islamophobia is that it is a social phobia and anxiety, not an individualistic one, which can be considered as a reaction toward Islamic identity. Although the...

Current contributors: 
Soheil Sabriseilabi
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