Letter From New Editors, Fall 2017

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2017. Vol. 29 Issue 3, p 2.

Dear Culture Section,

Greetings from your new newsletter editors, Hillary Angelo (UC, Santa Cruz), Diana Graizbord (Univ. of Georgia), and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Northwestern University), as well as our new graduate student assistant, Dustin S. Stoltz (Univ. of Notre Dame). We’re all looking forward to working on behalf of the section in the coming years, and wanted to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and solicit your ideas and contributions for the issues ahead.

Thanks to the incredible efforts of Alexandra Kowalski, much of the newsletter will remain the same. Alex has provided several years of great content, including recaps of conference sessions and professional development events, virtual roundtables, department profiles, and interviews with scholars of culture, which will all continue. We also look forward to bringing you a new “From the Archives” section, which will bring back greatest hits from the culture newsletter archives.

Just to give you a taste of the year ahead; we will have three newsletter issues this year. This, the fall newsletter, includes recaps and reviews of culture panels at this year’s ASA, as well as a letter from our new Chair, Ron Jacobs. The Winter/Spring newsletter will be published in March, and will include a series of essays responding to the new book Social Theory Now, co-edited by Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed (University of Chicago Press). In late June, the Spring/Summer newsletter will include a set of reflections on the cultural sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois, inspired, in part, by Aldon Morris’ recent book of The Scholar Denied (University of California Press).

We welcome your ideas and contributions for future issues. Please contact us with suggestions for essays, book reviews, symposia, reports on conference panels, etc.—or just themes or topics you’d like to see covered in the newsletter. Graduate students are especially welcome to be involved and be in touch.

Best wishes for the rest of the fall semester,
Hillary, Diana, and Michael