18/05/2018 – The 2018 Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College

Monday June 18, 2018 – Sunday June 24, 2018.

Director: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)

Co-Directors: Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth College), Soyica Diggs Colbert (Georgetown University), Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University), Winfried Fluck (Freie Universität, Berlin), Donatella Izzo (Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale,”), Cindi Katz (CUNY Graduate Center), Eng-Beng Lim (Dartmouth College), Eric W. Lott (CUNY Graduate Center)

The twentieth year of the Institute is the fourth of a five-year focus on “Questions Worth Asking.” The speakers at the 2018 Futures Institute are invited to address questions concerned with emergent, residual, and dominant formations within the field of American Studies:


* “What explains the enduring power of (under)commons democracy?”
* “Is anti-black violence a category of ontology?”
* “Does Digital Humanities have a method?”
* “What is the role of critique in a post-truth?”
* “Capitalocene/Anthropocene: how can the end of human exceptionalism become imaginable?
* “What is the geo-political significance of the #MeToo movement?”
* “How do colonial settlers racialize capitalism?”
* “What are the major challenges facing Asian American Studies in the ‘Pacific Century?’”
* “How has your way of reading canonical U.S. writers changed at this historical conjuncture?”
* “Is a politics of “common sense” at work in Trump’s populist movement?”


* Monique Allewaert (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
* Victor Bascara (University of California, Los Angeles)
* Lauren Berlant (University of Chicago)
* Tony Bogues (Brown University)
* Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds)
* Evan Carton (University of Texas at Austin)
* Chris Castiglia (Penn State University)
* Brian Edwards (Northwestern University)
* James E. Dobson (Dartmouth College)
* Duncan Faherty (City University of New York)
* Christian Haines (Dartmouth College)
* Stefano Harney (Singapore Management University)
* Andrew Hebard (Miami University)
* Ronald Judy (University of Pittsburgh)
* Lauren Klein (Georgia Institute of Technology)
* Giorgio Mariani (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)
* Fred Moten (University of California, Riverside)
* Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky)
* Heike Paul (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg)
* Hortense Spillers (Vanderbilt University)
* Patricia Stuelke (Dartmouth College)
* Kyla Tompkins (Pomona College)
* Ivy Wilson (Northwestern)
* Lynda Zwinger (University of Arizona)

The Institute is divided into plenary sessions that feature talks from Institute faculty and research seminars in which all participants present and discuss their own work-in-progress. Each day of the institute begins with a morning session in which plenary speakers deliver presentations of no longer than thirty-minutes that contribute to our convoking topic. These presentations are followed by questions from the participants. After a lunch break, the Institute’s participants meet in intensive workshop groups (consisting of no more than 15 participants), each of which is led by a Co-Director of the Institute. These workshops offer those enrolled in the Institute-over one hundred scholars from a variety of disciplines and institutions-the opportunity for critical conversations about the central intellectual issues in their research.

The Institute welcomes participants who are involved in a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests. Their research need not be restricted to the questions organizing the plenary sessions. The Institute was designed to provide a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants’ work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential scholars. Over the past nineteen years, plenary speakers have recommended participants’ work to the leading journals and university presses within the field of American Studies, and have provided participants with recommendations and support in an increasingly competitive job market.

APPLYING TO THE INSTITUTE: Applications for the 2018 Institute will be accepted until all slots have been filled, but applications received by May 18th, 2018 will be granted priority. Applicants should send a brief description of their own projects (no more than 1 page) along with a current CV, a writing sample (10-15 pages), and a $10 application fee (please make checks payable to “Dartmouth College”). Acceptances will be sent via email, so please make sure to include your email address in your CV.

Applications should be mailed to:

The Futures of American Studies Institute
Dartmouth College
116 Wentworth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755

Fee: The fee for the Institute (covering registration, housing, and seminars) is $695.00. The fee to attend only the Institute plenary sessions is $500.

For further information, please contact:

Futures of American Studies

email: Futures.of.American.Studies@Dartmouth.EDU
url: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~futures/
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/futures.of.american.studies
phone: 603-646-3592

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