Call For Papers

The Workshop on US Locations 2021-2022 Call for Papers

Student Coordinators: Zach Lazarus, Zak Arrington, and Hannah Burnett

Faculty Coordinators: Joseph Masco and E. Summerson Carr

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The Workshop on US Locations (USL) is currently accepting submissions for AY21-22. USL is an interdisciplinary forum for North American ethnographic projects, within and outside the boundaries of the United States. We invite authors who wish to think with us about (1) the domestic and global politics of US imperialism; (2) the interplay of techno-science, capital, toxicity, and environment; (3) US formations of race, class, and gender; and (4) the cultural and political dimensions of US institutions, and what it means to write from within them. If you’re unsure about how your research intersects with the aims of the workshop, and you’d like to present, please email us to check in! We welcome a wide range of topics, methods, and presentation styles.


We invite graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from any discipline to submit dissertation chapters, article drafts, or other works that would benefit from the workshop format. Once per quarter, we will welcome an experimental session, to be determined in consultation with workshop coordinators. If you have an ongoing project or collaboration that pushes the boundaries of traditional academic forms, please reach out. To foster our community, we will prioritize submissions from individuals that commit to attending the workshop, especially during the quarter they are presenting.

If you would like to present at the workshop, please complete this google form by September 3, 2021:

 The form will ask for your:

·      Name and department

·      Tentative title

·      Type of work in progress (e.g. dissertation chapter, article manuscript, etc.)

·      Abstract or description of no more than 250 words

·      The quarter(s) in which you are able to present

·      Whether or not you will be able to present in person


During Fall Quarter, USL will meet in person with the capacity for hybrid participation. We will meet every other Wednesday in Haskell (room TBD) from 4:30-6:00 pm CST. Please visit our website ( for information on past events, upcoming scheduled workshops, and other resources. If you have questions, please reach out to

A note on accessibility and inclusion in this unpredictable year: The Workshop on US Locations welcomes all university students, faculty, staff, speakers, and affiliates. If you would like to attend, in-person or remotely, and there are accommodations we can make to facilitate your access and experience, please reach out. This includes those with disabilities, those who live off campus, those who are primary caregivers, and those who may face other barriers to participation. Let us know how we can best show up for you and support a good experience in our workshop space.