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Nominations Sought by the School for Advanced Research for $10,000 J. I. Staley Prize

The Staley prize recognizes innovative books in anthropology that add new dimensions to our understanding of the human species.

Deadline for the 2016 Staley Prize Nominations is October 1, 2015

For additional information, including eligibility criteria and instructions for nominating a book, please visit http://sarweb.org/index.php?staley_prize

This prize was made possible through the generosity of J. I. Staley.
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The reduced rate room block at the Hyatt Regency (the conference hotel) is no longer available, but the deadlines for the blocks of rooms at two other nearby hotels have been extended:

- Hyatt Place -- 33 New York Ave NE (1 miles from the Hyatt Regency) – rooms at $229 per night (plus tax) – reservations must be made by May 22 -- 1-888-492-8847 FREE (remember to tell them it’s for NAISA) or use this link:
http://www.washingtondcuscapitol.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-NAIS

- The Doubletree -- 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (1.7 miles from the Hyatt Regency) – rooms at $219 per night (plus tax) – reservations must be made by May 22 -- 1-800-492-5195 FREE (remember to tell them it’s for NAISA)
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Envisioning American Studies:
An Anniversary Conference
March 18, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan announces a call for papers that highlight new approaches and emerging research at the forefront of American studies. Selected papers will be presented at a conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 18, 2016.

This conference will feature recent Ph.D.s from around the world who are poised to advance American studies scholarship in the coming years. Together we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of our department and the emergence of the field. We seek papers that demonstrate original approaches, a wide range of emerging fields of scholarly inquiry, and compelling work in all branches of American studies. We are especially interested in scholars who have not yet published their first books, as we will be inviting editors of several academic presses to attend. We welcome proposals for papers or for panels (conventional, roundtable, state-of-the-field).

This anniversary recognizes recent archival research revealing that Michigan’s American Culture program is the oldest of its kind in the nation. In 1935, several U-M faculty launched a concentration in the “Development of American Culture” that was committed to an interdisciplinary exploration of national meaning and belonging. In subsequent decades, American Culture has embraced a capacious approach in which American studies has been inextricably bound up with questions of social justice. Building on this rich tradition, our program brings together African American studies, Arab and Muslim American studies, Asian and Pacific Islander American studies, digital studies, Latina/o studies, and Native American studies under the umbrella of American Culture. In addition, these interdisciplinary pursuits continue to encompass history, literature, disability studies, media studies, and queer studies. Intellectually and methodologically, our department, like the field, has been marked by a critical forward-looking perspective and a climate that promotes academic scholarship with the potential to influence social change.

Applicants should submit a two-page overview of their manuscript project, a 300-word paper or panel abstract, a brief CV (two pages), and contact information. Materials should be submitted by November 15, 2015. The University of Michigan will provide lodging, meals, and travel expenses for those selected to participate. Please email your proposal and any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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The reduced rate room block at the Hyatt Regency (the conference hotel) is no longer available, but we’ve also secured blocks of rooms at two other nearby hotels:

- Hyatt Place -- 33 New York Ave NE (1 miles from the Hyatt Regency) – rooms at $229 per night (plus tax) – reservations must be made by May 20 -- 1-888-492-8847 (remember to tell them it’s for NAISA) or use this link:
http://www.washingtondcuscapitol.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-NAIS

- The Doubletree -- 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (1.7 miles from the Hyatt Regency) – rooms at $189 per night (plus tax) – reservations must be made by May 13 -- 1-800-492-5195 (remember to tell them it’s for NAISA)
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The School for Advanced Research is pleased to announce that Max Early is the 2015 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence Fellow. This fellowship is generously supported by the Lannan Foundation.

Max is from Laguna Pueblo and writes in both English and his native Keresan language. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico and has been writing for eight years. While at SAR, he intends to work on his second book of poetry with the goal of helping to preserve the Keresan language and the cultures and traditions of his pueblo. For more information about Max and our other Native American artists and scholars, please go to our website at www.sarweb.org.
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