American Studies for the Future

Presented by the American & New England Studies Program

We are excited to announce the program for another year of this series, for 2023-2024. Please save the following dates and times and stay tuned for additional details.

February 28, 2024

2:00 PM: A seminar with Takeo Rivera (BU, English), who will discuss a pre-circulated chapter, “Another Joke is Possible: Kristina Wong and Mutual Aid Carnivalesque,” with Diana Taylor (New York University) responding. This event is open to the BU community and will be held on Zoom and in-person (in Room 110, 226 Bay State Road, Boston). We ask all participants to register here for the Zoom link, whether you plan to attend in-person or remotely. Registrants will receive the chapter draft about one week in advance.

5:00 PM: Public talk with Diana Taylor, “Zuckerberg’s Smile or Presence in the Age of Digital Technologies.” This event is open to the general public and will be held only on Zoom; please register here to receive a link.

May 1, 2024

4:00 PM: Keynote with Nazli Kibria (BU, Sociology)


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November 9, 2023

2:00 PM: A seminar with Charlotte Howell (BU, Film & TV), who will discuss a pre-circulated chapter entitled “U.S. National Teams: Negotiating Niche and Mass Appeal with Global Soccer Media Events.” Victoria E. Johnson (UC-Irvine) will respond.

5:00 PM: A public talk with Victoria E. Johnson, “If You Build It…”: The Sports Experience Economy and “Flyover” Dreams.”



November 8, 2022

2:00 PM, Seminar with Andrew Robichaud (BU History), who discussed a pre-circulated chapter, “Frozen Time: Ice and the Political Economy of Dead Meat,” with Walter Johnson (Harvard University) responding.

5:00 PM, Public talk with Walter Johnson, “John Brown’s Economy.”

February 9, 2023

2:00 PM: Seminar with Ianna Hawkins Owen (BU, English) and Christina Sharpe (York University), responding. In this seminar, we discussed a pre-circulated paper by Prof. Owen entitled “Sweating Diaspora.”

5:00 PM: Public talk with Christina Sharpe, “Ordinary Notes.”

April 20, 2023

4:00 PM: Keynote with Anita Patterson (BU English)



February 10

2:00 PM: Seminar with Ross Barrett (BU, History of Art), and Alan Braddock (William & Mary) responded. In this seminar, we discussed a pre-circulated paper by Prof. Barrett entitled “Painting and Property on Prout’s Neck.”

5:00 PM: public lecture by Alan Braddock, “Black Landscapes: Artistic Origins of Environmental Justice and Dilemmas of Decolonization.”

March 3

2:00 PM; Seminar with Paula Austin (BU, History & Af-Am Studies), and Cheryl Hicks (University of Delaware) responded. In this seminar, we discussed a pre-circulated paper by Prof. Austin entitled “‘Thugs in Uniform or Why Must Such Extreme and Fatal Force Be Used’: Black DC’s Campaign to End Police Violence 1919 – 1970.”

5:00 PM; public lecture by Cheryl Hicks, “‘A Woman of This Stamp’: Sexual Politics and Black Progressive-Era Activism.”

April 21

4:00pm; Keynote Address by André de Quadros (BU, Music), “The Exilic Condition in America: A Personal Encounter with Power, Asymmetry, and Border Crossings.”