Founded in 2002, the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) aims at forming and promoting an effective worldwide community of cultural studies. It is intended as a tool for building strong interdisciplinary and transnational connections by offering meaningful meeting places for the great diversity of committed scholars in this field.
The ACS helps establish, maintain and strengthen contacts between cultural studies scholars and workers across different disciplines and within as well as between the different countries and regions of the world, by spreading information and encouraging collaborative work, facilitating the creation and linking of local, national and regional cultural studies groups.
By providing a broad structure for a plurality of cultural studies approaches, the ACS promotes public understanding of its goals, agendas and traditions.
To achieve these objectives, the ACS:
- organizes international conferences, especially the Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference;
- provides information about cultural studies scholars and scholarship around the world;
- speaks in defense of cultural studies, its programs, and/or cultural studies scholars by taking initiatives, making statements and using other appropriate means.
These general aims and activities are stated in the constitution of the Association. As a young organisation, the ACS is still in a phase of construction and consolidation, in which the tasks of strengthening and expanding the Association itself are pivotal to its future potential for making a real difference in the world of cultural studies.