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Going to ASA? Don’t Miss These Panels and Events!

In addition to AASA-organized panels and events there are a variety of presentations on related topics at the upcoming American Studies Association conference in November. Please plan to join us!

Thursday, November 9

  • 2:00 – 3:45: New Directions in Arab American Studies: How We Read Now
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Dusable, Third Floor West Tower
  • 4:00 – 5:45: Queer and Feminist Dissents: Locating Pedagogies of Refusal in Iranian and Arab Cultural Production
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Haymarket, Concourse Level West Tower


Friday, November 10, 2017

  • 12:00 – 1:30: Arab American Studies Association Board Meeting
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Stetson BC, Exhibit Level West Tower
  • 1:30 – 2:30: Arab American Studies Association Members Meeting
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Stetson BC, Exhibit Level West Tower
  • 5:00 – 6:30: Connect Chicago: Resistance Movements meet Insurgent Scholarship
    • A conversation and celebration of movement-based scholarship, activism, and performance
    • Location: Arab American Cultural Center, UIC, 701 south Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607, 111 Stevenson Hall,
    • Organized by the Arab American Studies Association, the ASA Critical Prison Studies Caucus, the ASA Activist Caucus, the Arab American Cultural Center at UIC, and the Social Justice Initiative at UIC.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • 8:00 – 9:45: Dissent Horizons: The Consequences of Ambivalence for Arab and Muslim Americans
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260, Skyway Level East Tower
  •  10:00 – 11:45: Arab American Studies Association: Dissenting Pedagogies: Teaching in an Age of Islamophobia
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260, Skyway Level East Tower
  • 12:00 – 1:45: Arab American Studies Association: Grounded but Unsettled Solidarities: Exploring Strategically Mobile Resistances to US Militarism and Empire
    • Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260, Skyway Level East Tower
  • 2:00 – 3:45: Arab American Studies Association: Sanctuary and its Radical Futures: Sanctuary Movements in the Framework of Joint Struggle
    •  Hyatt Regency Chicago, Skyway 260, Skyway Level East Tower

Announcing AASA’s 2017 conference

Please join us for our upcoming conference–check out the schedule and register today!


Honoring Elaine Hagopian at AASA Members Meeting, MESA 2016

The Arab American Studies Association will be holding its annual members meeting at the Middle East Studies Association conference in Boston this year. In addition to the usual business of the members meeting (updates about the organization, conference planning, networking, etc) the AASA board is taking the opportunity to hold a small reception to honor Elaine Hagopian and her contributions to Arab American studies. We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 17th at MESA at the Copley Marriott, downtown Boston.

The members meeting is at at 6:30 and the reception for Elaine will be at 7:30. All are welcome to attend both.

The reception will include a selection of hors d’oeuvres and water, but please bring your own beverage.

Space is limited!
RSVP required to attend.


Date and Time

Thu, November 17, 2016

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

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Boston Marriott Copley Place

Salon C

110 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02116

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: CFP: AASA 2017 Conference, March 24-26, 2017 at the AANM

Waypoints and Watersheds:
Arab American Activism and Memories,
a Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War.

Arab American Studies Association 2017 Conference

March 24-26, 2017

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

Several important Arab and Arab American institutions and associations were established in the immediate aftermath of the 1967 War. They variously sought to counteract negative stereotypes about Arabs, represent the interests of Arabs in the U.S., influence U.S. foreign policy, return refugees to their homes, meet their needs, or consolidate an identity politics that would bring together American citizens of Arab descent with new arrivals from the Arab region. In a context of the Vietnam war, student protests and the civil rights movements, Arab Americans were part of the transformations happening within the U.S. as well as events in the Middle East. With the 50th anniversary of 1967 in mind, this conference will explore whether and how 1967 and its aftermath was formative for Arab American identity, activism, cultural production, and scholarship. We also seek to investigate the impacts of the 1967 War and other watershed events, such as the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the Hart-Celler Act, the Iranian Revolution, and 9/11, among others, on historical and contemporary Arab American dynamics.

Scholars from American studies, media studies, literature, history, ethnic studies, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, Arab and Islamic Studies, gender, sexuality and women’s studies, performance studies, public health, psychology and other related fields are invited to submit individual paper abstracts or pre-organized panels.

Activists in Arab American formations in the 1960s, 70s and 80s are invited to participate in roundtables that are intended to celebrate the activism of an earlier generation and discuss the legacies of their work, good and bad, in the present moment.

Possible paper and panel topics include:

  • Changing race, class, gender, and sexual identities in Arab American “community” dynamics resulting from the 1967 war and other watershed events in Arab American history over the last half-century
  • Memory and nostalgia in literature, biographies, and art
  • The role of wars and international events in the creation of “community” and identity
  • Cultural and intellectual products in relationship to political activisms
  • Racialization and stereotyping of Arab and Muslim Americans in the media and society
  • The role of religion and secularism at the national, transnational, or local levels
  • Displacement, diaspora, and demographics within the Arab American community
  • Engagements with the environment, globalization, disability and social justice issues
  • Shifting political alliances and ideologies in solidarity movements
  • Fluctuations in anti-Arab (or Islamophobic) violence
  • State-sponsored discrimination (including immigration policies)
  • Arab creative output, material products and business enterprises in the U.S.
  • Discourses on Arab Americans and health, including psychology public health and mental health fields
  • Gendered analyses of any of these topics


LAST UPDATED (6/30/16):

To propose a pre-arranged panel or individual paper for this conference, please submit a 300-500-word abstract to the submission website for AASA 2017 at by June 30, 2016 the NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE of August 1st, 2016.


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Conference registration and current membership in the AASA will be required for all accepted scholarly panels.