[csaa-forum] Call for Hosts: Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2014

Gilbert B. Rodman gbrodman at mindspring.com
Mon Oct 3 23:08:47 CST 2011

Crossroads in Cultural Studies - CALL FOR HOSTS: 2014

For Immediate Release

The Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) seeks proposals from 
individuals and institutions interested in hosting the biennial 
“Crossroads in Cultural Studies” conference in 2014. Founded in 2002, 
the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) aims at forming and promoting 
an effective worldwide community of cultural studies. It is intended as 
a tool for building strong interdisciplinary and transnational 
connections by offering meaningful meeting places for the great 
diversity of committed scholars in this field. The ACS helps establish, 
maintain and strengthen contacts between cultural studies scholars and 
workers across different disciplines and within as well as between the 
different countries and regions of the world, by spreading information 
and encouraging collaborative work, facilitating the creation and 
linking of local, national and regional cultural studies groups.

The most important event ACS organizes to achieve these objectives is 
the Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conferences, which were started in 
1996 in Tampere, Finland. Although cultural studies was becoming 
increasingly international and multi-centered – or rather centerless 
because of its virtual nature – cultural studies people had scarce 
opportunities to see each other, to exchange ideas and to socialize. The 
Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conferences were designed to fill this 
gap in the cultural studies community. The Crossroads in Cultural 
Studies Conferences are not organized around specific themes. Subthemes 
inform plenary and spotlight sessions as well as individual panels.

The 2012 Crossroads conference will be held in Paris, France. Previous 
locations include:
• Tampere, Finland
• Birmingham, England
• Urbana, Illinois, USA
• Istanbul, Turkey
• Kingston, Jamaica
• Lingnan, Hong Kong

Proposals should address the following details:
• Concept / vision for the conference (including its contribution to 
regional and global development of cultural studies)
• Likely institutional support (financial, facilities, labor)
• Description of the main conference venue(s)
• Conference activities / format (including ancillary activities, such 
as tours, receptions, etc.)
• Anticipated members of planning and program committees
• Schedule of important dates (for the overall planning of the 
conference, publicity, CFPs, and the actual conference dates)
• Description of local facilities for travel / lodging / meals 
(airports, shuttle buses, hotels, dorms, restaurants, catering, etc.)
• Anticipated budget
The overall proposal should demonstrate sufficient facilities and 
support for at least 500 attendees for a span of 4-5 days.

Please direct any inquiries to:
The Administrative Secretary
info at cultstud.org
Proposals should be submitted to info at cultstud.org by 15 January 2012.

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