Let's Make this CASA, our CASA

Edward J. Blum

The good people at the California American Studies Association were foolish enough to put me in charge of this year's annual conference (#miCASA13). You know me and my insane rage for US religious history so I'm hoping that this year's CASA meeting can become RiAH west coast edition. (with all of the amazing work being done on California and religion ... isn't it high time we flexed our muscle here on the best coast too). So ... fire up those word programs, type, type, type, submit the proposal or panel, and come join me for street tacos. I promise not to complain about the word "evangelical," not to mention the color of Christ, and to have 5 copies of Matt Sutton's Jerry Falwell to give out to needy graduate students. Let's pretend we are Finneyite home missionaries in the burned over district: enter the CASA and refuse to take "no" for an answer.

California American Studies Association
2013 Annual Meeting
San Diego State University
April 26-27, 2013

The Program Committee for the California American Studies Association invites proposals for presentations to the 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, hosted by San Diego State University. 

Proposals for individual papers, conference panels (usually 3 papers, a commentator and a chair), roundtables (4-5 participants maximum), field trips, and other special sessions (such as films or performances) are welcome.

Rather than announce a specific theme, the program committee invites panels and individual papers addressing all major aspects of the critical study of U.S. cultures. Submissions do not necessarily need to focus on California.  Possible topics include—but are not limited to—images of California in American culture; California and the world; regional identities; protest culture; carceral studies; borderland and diasporic communities; ***religion***; race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; childhood and youth studies; material culture; ecological or environmental concerns; forms of oral or public history; the globalization of U.S. popular culture; academic and community-oriented collaborations; theoretical and methodological “keywords” in American Studies; the state of American Studies as a discipline in the context of the nation’s (and/or California’s) crisis in higher education.

CASA has a tradition of inclusiveness in representing American studies as practiced in multiple contexts; therefore we encourage proposals that highlight American Studies pedagogy and/or public engagement in K-12 and university classrooms, community settings, and other areas.

Proposals should include the organizer's name, contact information (including email), and a session title; a 250 word abstract for EACH paper or proposed contribution (and a session abstract if a panel is being proposed); and a brief (1-2 page) CV for EACH participant.  These materials should be forwarded electronically, as attachments (PDF preferred), no later than February 1, 2013 to:


Inquiries may be directed to Ed Blum,
CASA Program Committee Chair,

The California American Studies Association, founded in 1982, is a chapter of the American Studies Association, and is dedicated to the promotion of collegial dialogue and dissemination of current research.


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