UPDATE: [American] Graduate Student Conference on Empire and Imperialism

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Robert S. Levine
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We have extended our deadline to June 17th. Here is a re-post with the new
deadline. Thanks--Robert Levine, Prof., U Maryland

Call for papers: Rethinking Empire and Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century
American Literature
A Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park
NOVEMBER 7-8, 2008
Keynote speaker: Professor Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania
The publication of Amy Kaplan and Donald Pease's coedited collection,
Cultures of United States Imperialism (1993), helped spawn new interest in
imperialism, empire, race, and nation in U.S. literary studies. Among the
most influential recent works to examine such topics are John Carlos Rowe's
Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism (2000) and Amy Kaplan's The Anarchy
of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture (2003). These works, among others,
suggest important connections among literary cultures, empire, and
imperialism. Today, inquiries in these areas continue, and there is much
new interrelated work on hemispherism, transhemispherism, transnationalism,
transatlanticism, and globalization. This conference will explore
questions of empire and imperialism in nineteenth century American culture,
history, and literature. One of our large goals is to rethink the
strengths and limitations of current approaches as well as to consider new
ones. We invite papers dealing with any aspect of empire and imperialism
in the long nineteenth century (c. 1790s-1914), including but not limited
to the following topics:

The Mexican-American War
The “Spanish-American” War
Manifest Destiny
“Manifest Domesticity”
American and Transnational Identity
Pan-American Regionalism
Imperial Borders and Landscapes
Language and Translation
Representations of Empire in Culture
        Law and Empire
Rites and Rituals of Power and Resistance
Discrimination, Race, and Assimilation
(Re)Mapping Native Peoples
Religion and Empire
Gender Politics and Perspectives
Inheritance and Genealogy
Native Americans and Self-Determination
American Frontier Myths
Colonial Settings and Subtexts
SUBMISSIONS: Please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words and a CV
to empireconference_at_gmail.com. Submissions must be received no later than
June 17, 2008. Speakers will be notified by email in early July.
Directions to the conference location, information on accommodations, and
additional details about panels and speakers will eventually be posted on
the Department of English’s website.
Thank you for your interest.
Fernando Benavidez, Christy DeSanctis, Mark Hoffman, Seth Horton, Joe Kautzer
Tasos Lazarides, Rebecca Lush, Sarah Sillin, and Robert Levine (Faculty

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