JASAT Submission Guidelines

All submissions to JASAT should be sent to the acquisitions editors listed below for consideration. Manuscripts must not be previously published, nor should they be submitted for publication elsewhere while under review by JASAT’s editorial staff.
Documents to be submitted (3):

  • a short professional sketch of no more than 100 words-be sure to include university affiliation and job title
  • a title page containing complete contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address)
  • a manuscript that includes the submission’s title only; no name should appear on the submission as the journal employs a “blind review” process, meaning that a copy of the article will be forwarded to reviewers without revealing the author’s name. Please include bibliographic documentation with your manuscript.

1. Essays/articles should range between 15-20 pages of double-spaced text in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, including all bibliographic information. Please note that the 15-page minimum should be 15 pages of text. Less than 15 pages of text will be rejected as underdeveloped. Essays/articles should explore an American Studies theme and be written in clear US English in the active voice and third person, in a style accessible to a scholarly audience with interdisciplinary interests. Authors should maintain a scholarly tone and avoid themes and language that reflect discriminatory or inflammatory overtones. Creative works (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction) that explore American Studies themes will be considered as follows:
o Fiction/Creative Non-fiction works of 10-15 pages (editing may be required as space allows)
o Poetry-five pages (multiple poems will be considered as long as they do not exceed the 5 page limit)
2. JASAT requires use of the most current American Psychological Association (APA) style guide
Documents should be created in MS-Word and sent in one attachment to the appropriate acquisitions editor:
Cassy_Burleson@baylor.edu (creative works, artwork) Mia_Moody@baylor.edu (non-fiction)
An email indicating receipt of the submission will be sent within 72 hours. Notification of acceptance for the current or a future issue will be made within 60 days of review or no later than May 31st of the submission year.



“‘Tell All The Truth, But Tell It Slant’: Reading Between the Lines of the American Narrative”

Seadline for submissions: October 15, 2018

American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT)
contact email: asat@shsu.edu

The 62nd Annual American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT) Conference will be held November 8th-10th, 2018 on the campus of Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. The Conference Committee is now accepting individual and panel proposals for the upcoming meeting that address the conference theme from an interdisciplinary perspective

Individual Proposals Each session will consist of 3 presenters, each of whom will have 20 minutes to present, with 15 minutes allowed for introductions and questions at the conclusion of the session. Panel proposals must be detailed in their thematic address of the conference theme

Panel ProposalsSubmissions must be for a four-person panel: a moderator and three presenters. Total panel presentation time will be 1 hour, with 15 minutes allowed for introductions and questions at the conclusion of the session. Panel proposals must be detailed in their thematic address of the conference theme and must include an abstract for each presenter’s submission

The following is a suggested, though not a comprehensive list of panel presentation topics to consider:

  • The “Fiction” of a Post WWI America
  • America,1968: Truths, Triumphs and Tragedies
  • Propaganda and the capture of the USS Pueblo
  • The Real Consequences of Fake News
  • Taking a Knee, Taking a Stand: Athletes and Activism

To learn more about ASAT, please visit http://www.asatexas.org

For conference itinerary, please visit http://www.shsu.edu/academics/american-studies-conference/ fall 2018

The generous sponsorship of the Sam Houston State University Office of Academic Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Elliot T. Bowers Honors College and Department of English make ASAT@SHSU possible.

2019 Call for Journal Submissions

Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2019
American Studies Association of Texas
contact email: asat@shsu.edu
The Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (JASAT) is a peer-reviewed journal published annually by the American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT). The mission of JASAT is to promote scholarship that focuses on significant thematic, methodological and pedagogical issues in American Studies, as well as studies of Texas, and the Southwest. Submissions of articles, artwork and creative works are encouraged, as well as book reviews over recently released American Studies titles.

JASAT (US ISSN 0587 5064) is indexed by the MLA Directory of Periodicals Database, which is available online through EBSCO.

For journal submission guidelines and deadline, go to http://www.asatexas.org/jasat.html For book review guidelines and deadline, go to http://www.asatexas.org/bkreview.html

American Studies Journals 2018 Calls for Submissions:    


Southwest Council of Latin American Studies   


American Studies/American Studies International


Journal of American Studies


2017-2018 American Studies Collections and Exhibits:


2018 Texas and American Studies Meetings


February 7-10, 2018 – Southwest Popular and American Culture Association’s Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Link

February 12-17, 2018 – National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates Joint National Conference in Dallas, TX

February 18, 2018 – Annual spring meeting of the East Texas Historical Association in Marshall, TX Link

March 2-3, 2018 – Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, TX. Link.

March 14-18, 2018- National Council for Black Studies in Atlanta, GA (link needed)

April 6-7, 2018 -Annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Association in San Angelo, TX. (link needed)

April 6-7, 2018 – Texas Institute of Letters annual award ceremony and banquet in San Antonio, TX. Link

April 6-8, 2018 – Annual meeting of the Texas Folklore Society in Lubbock, TX. Link

May 23-26, 2018 – Annual meeting of the Society of Southwest Archivists in San Antonio, TX. Link

June 8-10, 2018 – Annual Conference on the American Revolution at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD (link needed)

Midwestern State University’s Moffett Library

Midwestern State University’s Moffett Library has been selected as one of 104 grant recipients across the country to host “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.
A program launching the six-week exhibit will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the leisure reading area of Moffett with opening remarks by MSU’s Interim Provost Dr. James Johnston. Chris Tall Bear of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Nicholas Wahpepah of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board will provide prayers and songs. Marshall Gover, president of the Pawnee Business Council in Pawnee, Oklahoma, and a member of the Pawnee Nation, and Rear Admiral Kevin Meeks, acting deputy director of Field Operations for the Indian Health Service and a member of the Chickasaw Nation, will speak on Native American health topics.
Through print images and videos, “Native Voices” explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska natives, and native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for native people is tied to community, the land, and spirit. In interviews, native people describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of native individuals and communities today.
“We are so pleased to bring the National Library of Medicine’s fascinating exhibition to Wichita Falls,” said University Librarian Clara Latham. “We hope the native people in our community will take pride in the exhibition, and that all visitors will enjoy learning about these powerful concepts.”

Moffett Library will host the exhibition through June 7.

2017 Baylor Pruit Symposium


The 2017 Pruit Memorial Symposium at Baylor University returned  to the theme of black gospel music with “Singing the Sermon: When the Message and Music Matter,” featuring two keynote presentations: “From Spirituals to Blood Songs: Remembering Tradition and Deliverance through Gospel Performance” by Melvin Butler, Associate Professor of Musicology at University of Miami; and “A Theology of African American Sacred Song and Liberation” by Stephen Newby, Associate Professor of Music at Seattle Pacific University.

The annual event brings the perspectives of the Christian intellectual tradition on contemporary issues of common concern. Through the articulation of differing views within the realm of Christian understanding, Baylor aspires to be a locus for a distinctly Protestant and Christian world view that is true to the best thoughts in the Baptist tradition.

Other conference presenters were Deborah Smith Pollard, Terri Brinegar, Coretta Pittman, Jerry Zolten, and Laura Nash with Andrew Virdin. Click here for a complete schedule of events and presentations.

The Baylor American Studies Program was among the 2017 Pruit Symposium sponsors. Other sponsors included Armstrong Browning Library; Truett Theological Seminary; Baylor University Libraries; Baylor School of Music; the Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media; the Department of History; the Department of English; the Department of Religion; the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching; the Center for Christian Music Studies; and the Baylor University Diversity Enhancement Grant.



The 2017 American Studies Association of Texas Conference will be held November 9-11, 2017, in Huntsville, Texas. The theme of the 61st Annual American Studies Association of Texas Conference, to be held on the campus of Sam Houston State University, is “Journeys, Treks, and Voyages That Shape(d) the Americas”


Southern Motor Car Company, Houston, 1908-1910. ”The Dixie Tourist”, 1909, pictured.

Registration details here
Keynote Speaker info here

Deadline for submissions: October 8, 2017
Contact email: asat@shsu.edu

Conference information on Registration Form, Schedule, Keynote Speaker, Location and Hotels, and Parking may also be found at the conference website:


SHSU National Book Awards on Campus Reading



Photo credit: http://www.shsu.edu/academics/english/creative-writing/national-book-awards/


The Sam Houston State University National Book Awards Festival was held April 24, at the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The event featured Rep. John Lewis, writer Andrew Aydin, illustrator Nate Powell, collaborators on the graphic novel trilogy, March, winner of the National Book Award for young people’s literature.

Lewis co-authored the third volume of the graphic memoir March Trilogy with Andrew Aydin, drawn by Nate Powell. Lewis is Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Representative and an American icon widely known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement. He is the author of Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, published in 1999, which won numerous awards; and Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, published in 2012.
Andrew Aydin, an Atlanta native, grew up reading and collecting comic books. After college, upon taking a job with Congressman Lewis, Andrew learned that the civil rights legend had been inspired as a young man by a classic 1950s comic book, Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. They discussed the impact that comic books can have on young readers and decided to write a graphic novel together about the civil rights era. A few years later, the March series was born. Today, Andrew serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C.

Nate Powell, called by Booklist magazine “the most prodigiously talented graphic novelist of his generation,” was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition to the March series, his work includes Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts. Nate’s work has received copious honors, including the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination, and four “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” from the American Library Association. His animated illustrations in Southern Poverty Law Center’s documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot have reached one million students in over 50,000 schools across the nation, and he is currently preparing a new graphic novel, Cover.

The National Book Awards are among the most prestigious annual literary awards in our nation. The awards were established in 1950 and the first winners included Nelson Algren in fiction and William Carlos Williams in poetry. In brief, nearly every major American writer of the past sixty years has been honored by the National Book Awards, if not as a winner, then as a finalist.
Since 1996, independent panels of five writers have chosen the National Book Award Winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
For more information, visit this link: http://www.shsu.edu/academics/english/creative-writing/national-book-awards/

For more information, visit this link: http://www.shsu.edu/academics/english/creative-writing/national-book-awards/