American Studies Journal

American Studies Journal American Studies is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Mid-America American Studies Association, the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of American Studies, and KU Libraries.

American Studies is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Mid-America American Studies Association, the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of American Studies, and KU Libraries. American Studies (AMSJ) first appeared in 1959, and has 1,000 current subscribers. In 2005 it merged with American Studies International (ASI), and welcomes submissions with an international perspective. ASI, a journal for American Studies scholars outside the U.S., was published by the American Studies Department at George Washington University for over forty years. Beginning with Vol. 45 (2004), ASI ceased publication as an independent journal, and merged with AMSJ, with the agreement that AMSJ would devote at least one issue a year (or the equivalent) to transnational American Studies scholarship, international American Studies authors, and would maintain a significant showing of scholars outside the U.S. on its editorial board. The “On Teaching” forum, now on the AMSJ blog, originated as an ASI feature. With an editorial staff from a number of areas of study, the journal offers provocative perspectives on a variety of issues. Frequent special sections and special issues create a space for a broad discussion on a single topic. Articles on pedagogy inform the American Studies classroom. The book review section aims at keeping readers conversant with contemporary scholarship. This electronic edition provides free access to the back issues of the journal. The most recent three years are available via print subscription only.

Mission: American Studies encourages interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship in U.S. cultures and histories broadly defined. We welcome frameworks of comparative, international, and/or transnational perspectives. The journal is edited by Sherrie Tucker and Randal Maurice Jelks

Ashvin R. Kini In a recent episode of her podcast Intersectionality Matters,[i] entitled “Narrating the Nightmare and (R...
06/09/2020
On Teaching​ in the Time of COVID-19: “Narrative Reconstructions and Collective Knowledge”

Ashvin R. Kini In a recent episode of her podcast Intersectionality Matters,[i] entitled “Narrating the Nightmare and (Re)Imagining the Possible,” Kimberlé Crenshaw spoke with writers Kiese Laymon, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Arundhati Roy about the power and value of storytelling in times of crisis. “The work of social justice,” Crenshaw observed, “is the work of narrative reconstruction, building new stories around facts that are often disregarded, invisibilized and taken for granted as acceptable and unremarkable features of social life.” The conversation that followed touched on power and representation; the writer/artist in a society structured by racial capitalism, settler colonialism and unending war; and the political and ethical dimensions of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, scholarship, satire and humor—each important for understanding where we have been and where we might go from here. [ 883 more words ]
http://amsj.blog/2020/06/09/on-teaching-in-the-time-of-covid-19-narrative-reconstructions-and-collective-knowledge/

Ashvin R. Kini In a recent episode of her podcast Intersectionality Matters,[i] entitled “Narrating the Nightmare and (Re)Imagining the Possible,” Kimberlé Crenshaw spoke with writers Kiese Laymon,…

"Books" by Pascal Maramis “That reading wasn’t more comfortable than writing. That by reading one learned to question an...
06/08/2020
On Teaching​ in the Time of COVID-19: Misreadings

"Books" by Pascal Maramis “That reading wasn’t more comfortable than writing. That by reading one learned to question and remember. That memory was love.”1 I’ve been teaching the literary theory class required of all English majors, my sixth time teaching it in as many years. The common charge of many students in the class has been, and remains, that… [ 1,414 more word ]
http://amsj.blog/2020/06/08/misreading-and-misread/

“Books” by Pascal Maramis “That reading wasn’t more comfortable than writing. That by reading one learned to question and remember. That memory was love.”1 I’ve been teaching the liter…

“Radical Times in Asian Americanist Critique” Joo Ok Kim Photo by Mike Murase / GIDRA The new series on the AMSJ Blog as...
05/26/2020
On Teaching​ in the Time of COVID-19: Radical Times in Asian Americanist Critique

“Radical Times in Asian Americanist Critique” Joo Ok Kim Photo by Mike Murase / GIDRA The new series on the AMSJ Blog asks how American Studies and related fields might attend to this moment of crisis. Perhaps in tension with Arundhati Roy’s recent naming of the pandemic as a portal1 for a different future, and Saidiya Hartman’s meditations on the dramatically disproportioned… [ 839 more words ]
https://amsjournal.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/on-teaching%e2%80%8b-in-the-time-of-covid-19-radical-times-in-asian-americanist-critique/

“Radical Times in Asian Americanist Critique” Joo Ok Kim Photo by Mike Murase / GIDRA The new series on the AMSJ Blog asks how American Studies and related fields might attend to this moment of cri…

In light of Tony Allen’s transition, Fela Kuti’s innovative drummer, we want to remind our readers of Alexander Stewart’...
05/02/2020

In light of Tony Allen’s transition, Fela Kuti’s innovative drummer, we want to remind our readers of Alexander Stewart’s article “Make it Funky: Fela Kuti, James Brown and the Invention of Afro-Beat”

COVID Black: Organizing Information on Racial Health Disparities and Living Data By Faithe Day, PhD Assistant Director o...
04/27/2020
Blog Series: On Teaching​ in the Time of COVID-19

COVID Black: Organizing Information on Racial Health Disparities and Living Data By Faithe Day, PhD Assistant Director of COVID Black, A Taskforce on Black Health & Data On March 27, 2020, following weeks of general data released about the spread of COVID-19 in the US and abroad, Democratic lawmakers and politicians such as Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ayanna Pressley, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Robin Kelly stated in a letter to Health and Human Services Department Secretary, Alex Azar that it is imperative that the Center for Disease Control collect and report racial and ethnic health data by state.[1] … [ 1,204 more word ]
https://amsjournal.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/on-teaching-in-the-time-of-covid-19-series/

COVID Black: Organizing Information on Racial Health Disparities and Living Data By Faithe Day, PhD Assistant Director of COVID Black, A Taskforce on Black Health & Data On March 27, 2020, foll…

By  Joe Street ‘You lied. You lied. I’m mad at you Huey because you lied to me. BUT HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAY’ AMSJ Funk Iss...
04/13/2020
Betty Davis and Huey P. Newton: A Black Power Funk Crossover?

By Joe Street ‘You lied. You lied. I’m mad at you Huey because you lied to me. BUT HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAY’ AMSJ Funk Issue: ‘You lied. You lied. I’m mad at you Huey because you lied to me. BUT HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAY’ wrote a ‘pen pal’ to Huey P. Newton, the founder and leader of the Black Panther Party. [ 2,059 more words ]
https://amsjournal.wordpress.com/2020/04/13/betty-davis-and-huey-p-newton-a-black-power-funk-crossover/

By Joe Street ‘You lied. You lied. I’m mad at you Huey because you lied to me. BUT HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAY’ AMSJ Funk Issue: ‘You lied. You lied. I’m mad at you Huey because you lied to me. BUT HAPP…

American Studies Journal
04/13/2020

American Studies Journal

“The staff members at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) don’t seem to think so. Whereas most museum webs...
04/05/2020
Perspective | This Smithsonian exhibit says something powerful about Native Americans, even through your screen

“The staff members at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) don’t seem to think so. Whereas most museum websites might, at best, offer companion materials to their physical exhibitions, NMAI is trying to make exhibitions such as “Americans,” which examines representations of Native Americans in American culture, just as accessible and interesting on a Web browser as at the museum.”

The National Museum of the American Indian is embracing digital initiatives, and not just for the duration of this shutdown.

American Studies Journal wishes to update everyone: Please be patient with us in this time of COVIDー19! We are doing our...
04/01/2020
AMSJ: Forthcoming issue + Submission updates

American Studies Journal wishes to update everyone: Please be patient with us in this time of COVIDー19! We are doing our best to respond to your submissions. Please stay safe and follow the best scientific/health protocols! We look forward to your new submissions that will examine this historical moment down the line! New email for book reviews! The American Studies Journal would like to announce submissions for book reviews in forthcoming issues should be sent to the new Book Review Editor email: [email protected] Please send all book reviews and submissions for forthcoming issues to [email protected]!
https://amsjournal.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/amsj-forthcoming-issue-submission-updates/

American Studies Journal wishes to update everyone: Please be patient with us in this time of COVIDー19! We are doing our best to respond to your submissions. Please stay safe and follow the best sc…

On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 AMSJ’s editors are seeking contributions for a new blog series, “On Teaching in the ...
03/30/2020
On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 AMSJ’s editors are seeking contributions for a new blog series, “On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19.” We look to this unfolding crisis as a flashpoint with potential to frame how we engage students, educators, colleges and universities, and the various communities within/outside. As this new outbreak narrative (Wald, 2008) interrupts, redirects, and reconfigures meaning across the globe, we invite scholars and teachers to consider how COVID-19 unsettles on local/global stages as we sit it in and outside of the classroom. [ 97 more words ]
https://amsjournal.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/on-teaching-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19  AMSJ’s editors are seeking contributions for a new blog series, “On Teaching in the Time of COVID-19.” We look to this unfolding crisis as a flashpoin…

AMSJ’s editors are seeking contributions for a new blog series, “​On Teaching​ in the Time of COVID-19.” We look to this...
03/23/2020
AMSJ Blog Series: On Teaching​ in the Time of COVID-19

AMSJ’s editors are seeking contributions for a new blog series, “​On Teaching​ in the Time of COVID-19.” We look to this unfolding crisis as a flashpoint with the potential to frame how we engage students, educators, colleges and universities, and the various communities within/outside. As this new ​outbreak narrative​ (Wald, 2008) interrupts, redirects, and reconfigures meaning across the globe, we invite scholars and teachers to consider how COVID-19 unsettles on local/global stages as it manifests in and outside of the classroom. [ 115 more words ]
https://amsjournal.wordpress.com/2020/03/23/amsj-blog-series-on-teaching%e2%80%8b-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

AMSJ’s editors are seeking contributions for a new blog series, “​On Teaching​ in the Time of COVID-19.” We look to this unfolding crisis as a flashpoint with the potential to frame how we engage s…

‪In our latest issue of #AMSJ we also have an article on #MilesDavis titled “Your Sound is Like Your Sweat’: Miles Davis...
02/24/2020
'It sounded like the future': behind Miles Davis's greatest album

‪In our latest issue of #AMSJ we also have an article on #MilesDavis titled “Your Sound is Like Your Sweat’: Miles Davis’s Disembodied Sound Discourse” by #KelseyAKKlotz by all means check it out!

On the 50th anniversary of Bitches Brew, one of the contributing musicians and the director of a new documentary share their thoughts on the record

American Studies Journal
02/11/2020

American Studies Journal

Have a book you would like to see reviewed for the forthcoming issue of American Studies Journal? We are open to suggest...
02/10/2020
Feature Books For Review: Summer Issue 2020 "Books We Need Now"

Have a book you would like to see reviewed for the forthcoming issue of American Studies Journal? We are open to suggestions -- email [email protected]. Follow us on social media for updates and featured content on books available to review from the AMSJ!
https://amsjournal.wordpress.com/2020/02/10/feature-books-for-review-summer-issue-2020-books-we-need-now/

Have a book you would like to see reviewed for the forthcoming issue of American Studies Journal? We are open to suggestions — email [email protected]. Follow us on social media for updates and…

Our latest issue is out in the mail. You can find us on project Muse through your library if you don’t subscribe. Our is...
02/07/2020

Our latest issue is out in the mail. You can find us on project Muse through your library if you don’t subscribe. Our issue covers a wide variety of topics about culture and society in the U.S. Our authors range from PhD candidates to Profesor Emerita. Plus superb books reviews for your edification.

‪Our editorial board member #EmilyLordi @ejlordi on #NPR discussing #MarlenaShaw, we forget what a powerhouse Shaw was i...
02/05/2020
The Overlooked Activist Power Of Marlena Shaw

‪Our editorial board member #EmilyLordi @ejlordi on #NPR discussing #MarlenaShaw, we forget what a powerhouse Shaw was in the 1970s. Kudos!

As part of NPR's "One-Hit Wonders/Second-Best Songs," Vanderbilt professor Emily Lordi recommends "Woman of the Ghetto" by Marlena Shaw. She's known mostly for her 1969 hit, "California Soul."

Check out the Books for Review page for a full list of titles available for Book Review submission to the AMSJ. Here are...
01/28/2020
Summer Issue 2020: Books For Review

Check out the Books for Review page for a full list of titles available for Book Review submission to the AMSJ. Here are some AMSJ staff picks for recent publications that we love to see some reviews on!
https://amsjournal.wordpress.com/2020/01/28/summer-issue-2020-books-for-review/

Check out the Books for Review page for a full list of titles available for Book Review submission to the AMSJ. Here are some AMSJ staff picks for recent publications that we love to see some revie…

Happy New Year from our side of the world 🌎
12/31/2019

Happy New Year from our side of the world 🌎

12/23/2019

‪We wish you happy holidays from AMSJ! We hope all of you have a respite and enough time to recovery and rediscover all the things you love-art, cinema, family, friends, and music‬

Our co-editor @drjelks and one of our former #KU faculty members #JacobDorman discuss the heinous #jerseycityshooting wi...
12/20/2019
OPINION: Why that Jersey City shootout has me shaking my head

Our co-editor @drjelks and one of our former #KU faculty members #JacobDorman discuss the heinous #jerseycityshooting with #GracieBondStaples #AtlantaJournalConstitution

In wake of Jersey City shootout, we ask: Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites?

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