2022 Conference & CFP

The 2022 Annual AAAS Conference will be taking place in Denver, Colorado from April 14-16, 2022.

To the right, you will find the 2022 CFP guidelines and deadline to submit for consideration. Remember: You MUST be a current AAAS member in order to submit a proposal. Memberships now begin July 1 and run through June 30. New memberships have a 3-5 day turnaround; please do not renew or request a new membership right before the proposal submission deadline as you will not receive your membership information in time.

This year, we are asking members submitting proposals for the conference to indicate whether they would prefer to present in-person, virtually, or both. We are dedicating Friday, April 15th, to virtual panels and presentations.

We encourage you to visit our Submissions Guidelines & FAQs page for information on rules for submissions, the variety of roles offered for the conference, presentation formats, and proposal submission FAQs.

Our Conference Proposal Submission Form is live and can be accessed by logging in to our member portal: https://aaastudies.org/member-login/.

We have created an instructional guide with screenshots on accessing the Members Portal to submit your proposal, which can be found here: https://aaastudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Instructions-for-Logging-in-to-Member-Portal-to-Submit-Proposal-for-2022-AAAS-Conference.pdf

Conference Proposals are due Monday, October 11th, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

Denver, Colorado

AAAS 2022 Call for Papers: Ruin and Renewal

April 14-16, 2022 in Denver, CO
Submissions Due: October 11th, 2021 by 11:59pm PST

This 2022 conference signals the return of “live” conferencing after COVID-19 prompted the cancellation of the 2020 conference and virtual format of the 2021 conference. In reconvening, we can reflect on the continued effects of the Trump administration and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ongoing problems that recent times have amplified, including systemic racism and sexism, climate change, and rising forced displacement around the world. 

Asian American experiences throughout this historical moment have varied. Many face hate crimes and eviction. Others have had to completely reconfigure jobs, family lives, and where and how to live. So many of us have had to work remotely and connect with each other virtually. What do we do now as we try to sustain ourselves and support one another? What are we building in terms of strategies of mutual aid and collective care? Where and how do we now cultivate joy, pleasure, and love? For many, this juncture represents a “reset” button that invites us to take the conference as an opportunity to reflect on the extent to which our work, personal care, and community commitment can be mutually supporting.

We will gather in Denver, Colorado–a prominent airport hub–in an attempt to mitigate the impact of fossil fuel emissions from airplane travel. Denver is characterized by histories of ruin and renewal–America’s Old West turned New Tech, a site of forced displacements and genocides that today boasts a multicultural future and aerospace development as the new American frontier, even as these innovations continue to wreak environmental havoc. As our conference site, Denver challenges us to think about Asian American studies in terms of entwined trajectories of ruin and renewal. What different meanings, aesthetics, and politics do these words carry? How have Asian/American settler colonialism, transnational capital, and technology contributed to various forms of ruin, and how have new worlds been imagined in the aftermath? How has Asian American studies contributed to unsustainable growth and development, and in what ways can it better theorize and practice sustainability and create durable networks of progressive change?

We welcome a range of interdisciplinary papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, performances, and demonstrations that grapple with these topics as well as with our broader role as Asian Americanists and how AAAS as an organization should function moving forward.

This year, we are asking members to indicate if they would prefer to present in-person, virtually, or both. The question is housed within the proposal submission form. We will be dedicating Friday, April 16 to virtual panels and presentations for the 2022 AAAS conference.

2022 Conference Co-Chairs

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Marguerite Nguyen

Associate Professor of English
Wesleyan University
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Marguerite Nguyen studies 20th – 21st-century American literature, specializing in Asian American and diasporic literature, refugee contexts, and environmental humanities. She is author of America’s Vietnam: The Longue Durée of U.S. Literature and Empire (Temple University Press, 2018) and co-editor of Refugee Cultures: Forty Years after the Vietnam War (MELUS, 2016). Prior to Wesleyan, she spent time in New Orleans researching Vietnamese Americans pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina to understand intersections of race, disaster, and narrative form. Her next project, tentatively titled Refugee Ecologies, is based on this work and argues for ecocritical readings of refugee cultures.

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Catherine Fung

English Faculty
Lick-Wilmerding High School
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Catherine Fung is currently a high school English teacher specializing in Ethnic Studies and social justice curriculum. As a former professor of English and Media Studies, she also has experience (13 years) working in higher education. She continues to be an active researcher and writer, having published in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies. She is working on an academic monograph on refugee narratives, as well as a creative monograph based on her family’s history. She has served as a reviewer and editor for journals and as a board member of academic associations.