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

ASA 2014

For those of you attending the 2014 American Studies Association annual meeting, be sure to check out the session on “Keywords and Field-Formation.” It highlights this keywords publication and others from NYU Press.  And you will hear from the branding master-mind behind these diverse projects: NYU Press Associate Director and Editor-in-Chief Eric Zinner.

The session takes place on Friday, November 7, 2:00-3:45, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry B. Here’s the description from the conference program:

Keywords volumes for American cultural studies, Asian American studies, the study of children’s literature, disability studies, and environmental studies are either published, in press, or in progress. Each of the volumes aims to create a new inventory and analysis of the central terms used in their respective fields. The deeper roots of these projects may be found in Raymond Williams’s Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society and in the iconic “blank pages” at …

Events, From the Editors


We’re thrilled that the second edition of Keywords for American Cultural Studies is finally here.  In our roles as co-editors, we have had a great time working with such an exciting group of scholars across a wide array of interdisciplinary fields, including American studies and cultural studies.  We hope that you will find their essays as stimulating and thought-provoking as we do.

As we note in our introduction to the second edition, we’ve been working with NYU Press on this “hybrid print-digital publication” even before any of us knew exactly what that phrase could or would mean.  It’s been a learning experience for us as co-editors and for the Press.  Now that it has arrived, we hope that it will be a rich and engaging learning opportunity for our readers.

The site is pretty straightforward.  It includes the digital essays in full, the opening passages of the print essays, and …

From the Editors
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