New! Keywords Autoethnography Assignment

Three faculty members at the University of Iowa – Naomi Greyser, Aniruddha Dutta, and Aimee Carrillo Rowe – have kindly shared a keywords assignment that was part of their course on “Diversity and Power: Gender, Race, and Class in the United States.” They offer it as an instance of what can be done with Keywords for American Cultural Studies in an undergraduate course, and we’re very happy to be able to pass it along to you.

The assignment is different from others on the site. It asks students to write a short autoethnography in which they share reflections on how their everyday lives are shaped by a term from Keywords. It also invites them to address their keyword’s intersection with additional categories of identity and experience such as sexuality, religion, citizenship, and age.

The course – offered through the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies program – fulfills the …


Post-ASA 2014

Hope everyone enjoyed the 84-degree weather at the American Studies Association conference in LA.  (For those of you who missed it, don’t worry, it rained the whole time.)

We came away from the conference even more excited by conversations we had about the volume with lots of folks, including the editors of the other keyword books coming out from NYU Press in the near future.  Many of those conversations focused on the uses that individuals have made of the first edition in courses and/or the additional keywords they were interested in working on or reading, including terms such as “safety” and “gesture.”

We want to repeat here what we said to many at the conference.  We are very interested in two forms of post-publication response to the print/digital volume.

1)  Please send us syllabi and/or assignments that have used Keywords for American Cultural Studies.  We are committed to building …

From the Editors, New Essays, Teaching

Welcome, Keywords for African American Studies

We are excited to announce the release of the newest edition of the Keywords series: Keywords for African American Studies. Our efforts, as co-editors, centered on reaching out to specialists across scholarly disciplines who can describe, with authority and clarity, the fundamental meanings and utilities of words that are essential to the discourse and exploration of African American Studies. An inherently interdisciplinary venture, this project employs a language that transcends the disciplinary prose of any one area of study. Historians, sociologists, literary scholars, political scientists, and other enrich this publication. Each essay adds broader understanding of the field of what is alternatively known as Africana Studies or Black Studies.

As the most recent iteration of the NYU Press Keywords series, the book builds upon the tradition of providing a critical source for engaging and understanding a wide range of terms and concepts that circulate in a field of study. …

From the Editors, Teaching

Welcome, Keywords for Environmental Studies

We’re delighted to announce the publication of Keywords for Environmental Studies, the fifth volume in NYU Press’s Keywords series. Our goal in producing the volume has been to create a new “state of the field” inventory and analysis of the central terms and debates currently structuring the most exciting research in and across environmental studies, including the environmental humanities, environmental social sciences, sustainability sciences, and the sciences of nature.

The breadth of this approach means that while our volume shares many of the central features of the other books in the series—incisive essays on key terms in the field, a comprehensive bibliography, an open invitation to discussion and dialogue—it’s also unique in that our contributors hail not only from the humanities and social sciences but also from the environmental sciences. In this volume you will find contributions from distinguished voices in an appropriately wide range of areas, including …

From the Editors, Teaching

Welcome, Keywords for Media Studies

We’re delighted to announce the publication of Keywords for Media Studies.  Our project maps the interdisciplinary field of media studies—past, present, and future.  We are grateful to have assembled a stellar group of scholars to assist in this endeavor.  Our 65 pieces come from contributors who were asked to approach their keyword as a challenge, a problematic, and a field of debate and inquiry.  Moving beyond simple definitions, the entries provoke critical reflection and intervene in the major ideas and debates that have defined and shaped the vibrant and evolving field of media studies.

We intend the book to serve a range of audiences. It will be a useful resource for teachers and students at various levels of instruction, from introductory courses to graduate seminars.  We also hope its conceptual provocations will challenge media studies scholars to grapple with the critical building blocks of our field.  Finally, the book …

From the Editors, Teaching
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