DIRECTOR: Professor Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Professor James E. Dobson (Dartmouth College)

CO-DIRECTORS: Professor Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth College), Professor Soyica Diggs Colbert (Georgetown University), Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University), Professor Winfried Fluck (Freie Universität, Berlin), Professor Donatella Izzo (Università degli studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"), Professor Cindi Katz (CUNY Graduate Center), Professor Eng-Beng Lim (Dartmouth College), Professor Eric W. Lott (CUNY Graduate Center), Professor Israel Reyes (Dartmouth College)



In Memory of Amy Kaplan


Amy Kaplan Cultures of United States Imperialism


I write here on behalf of the Futures of American Studies Institute as we mourn the loss of Amy Kaplan.  A peerlessly generous and caring mentor and friend, her transformative scholarship has influenced the work of Americanists everywhere. She was for me and many, many others the epitome of intellectual courage and unfailing integrity. These difficult times are now more difficult, without her.

Donald Pease


2021 Institute

The 2021 Futures of American Studies Institute will take place from Monday, June 21st to Sunday, June 27th on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The twenty-third year of the Institute will be organized around highlighted, special topic plenary sessions and additional opportunities for workshops, tutorials, and other participant-organized activities. 

At this time we are planning for an in-person program. If we must shift to virtual Institute, we will work with the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) and Dartmouth’s remarkable digital learning and project management team to build a virtual format for the Institute’s unique combination of plenary sessions and participant seminars that ensure that the virtual conference platforms are at once easy to use, and responsive to a broad array of participant interactions.


Plenary Sessions:

  • "Sylvia Wynter and the Black Radical Tradition"
  • "Audiopolitics"
  • "Alter-Cartographies of the Visual"
  • "Queer Futurities"
  • "Critical Digital Studies"
  • "Carceral Politics at the Borders"
  • "Indigenous Resurgences: Dismantling the Settler Colonialist Logics of Dispossession"
  • "Primitive Accumulation / Social Reproduction"
  • "Afro-futurisms"


Plenary Faculty:


Program Description:  

The Institute is divided into plenary sessions that feature talks from Institute faculty, research seminars in which all participants present and discuss their own work-in-progress, and participant-organized sessions. Each day of the institute begins with a morning session in which plenary speakers deliver presentations of no longer than thirty-minutes that contribute to our convoking topic. These presentations are followed by questions from the participants. After a lunch break, the Institute's participants meet in intensive workshop groups (consisting of no more than 15 participants), each of which is led by an Institute co-director. These workshops offer those enrolled in the Institute—over one hundred scholars from a variety of disciplines and institutions—the opportunity for critical conversations about the central intellectual issues in their research.

The Institute was designed to provide a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants' work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential scholars. Over the past twenty years, plenary speakers have recommended participants' work to the leading journals and university presses within the field of American Studies, and have provided participants with recommendations and support in an increasingly competitive job market.

The Futures of American Studies Institutes strives to create an open environment in which traditional disciplinary, institutional, and departmental boundaries are crossed. That said, the Institute is not an exception to the norms of professional behavior. The Institute sets as its goal the creation of a diverse and heterogeneous space in which seminarians are full participants in an ongoing conversation with Institute faculty. In order to facilitate this sense of collegiality, we expect all of our participants to adhere to the Institute’s core values of mutual respect for each other’s perspectives and identities. No unprofessional behavior, harassment, or abuse will be tolerated from any faculty member or seminarian. 

The Futures of American Studies Institute is made possible with the generous support of Dartmouth College and the Provost's Office.

The Institute would like to thank the following institutions for offering financial support to students to participate in the Institute:

  • Bavarian American Academy
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • The CUNY Graduate Center
  • Duke University
  • Fordham University
  • Freie Universität-Berlin
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, University of Mainz
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Wyoming
  • Vanderbilt University