About 21st Annual CSA Conference - Conclusions

2022 Cultural Studies Association Conference

The Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (USA)

Dates: June 2-4, 2022

Location: Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

Final Deadline for Submissions: December 19th, 2021


This Year's Theme: Reckoning(s)

The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) invites proposals for participation in its twentieth annual meeting. Proposals on all topics relevant to cultural studies will be considered, but priority will be given to those that engage this year's theme of “Reckoning(s).” (Membership in the CSA is not required to submit a proposal, but is required in order to present at the conference.)

2022 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Cultural Studies Association and, in light of this milestone, we take up the idea of reckoning--of taking stock of where we are as an association, a field of study, and a society. The act of reckoning entails a process of evaluation, a determination of value or worth, and ultimately a decision on how to proceed moving forward, for an individual, a group, or an institution. As such, reckoning is a process that mobilizes reflection on the past in order to shape the future. We invite proposals that engage with reckoning from its most expansive to its most intimate sense. That is, both as a material, epistemological, political, or social practice that engages with some of the most pressing concerns of our present time, and as an engagement with small, specific scenarios, such as individual reckonings, reckoning through close readings, or personal and private reckonings.

The CSA encourages reflection on reckoning at a time profoundly destabilized by the COVID-19 pandemic and the political and social upheavals that intensified in 2020 and continue to be emergent today. The current conjuncture impels a moment of revaluation and reassessment at a global scale. While we invite proposals that address either historical or current reckonings, we offer as a starting point questions stemming from the viral, political, and social tumult of recent years. Proposals might examine, for example, how the pandemic has demanded that we analyze our needs and our desires through a new lens, raising critical questions about the systems of power we live under, the language we use to communicate with one another, the shape and characteristics of our relationships with others and myriad other presumptions about daily life. Proposals might consider these or other questions in specific cultural, geographic, or historical contexts, or they might situate reckoning as a material or speculative practice that sheds light on broader theoretical trajectories. We ask, in short, what conditions does reckoning require and what are its possible, likely, or even inevitable results? 

The plan for this year’s conference is to meet in person in Chicago, with an integrated virtual component that will allow for simultaneous presentation and participation for those unable to join us. Those submitting to the conference can indicate whether they would prefer to present virtually or in person, but we cannot guarantee an in-person experience until much closer to the event. Given the dynamic situation presented by the pandemic, planning to be hybrid will allow us to quickly revert to an entirely online format in the future if the need arises.  

All proposals should be submitted through Easy Chair using the following link: