Final CFP: 37th International American Studies Conference

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American Studies Association of Turkey
37th International American Studies Conference

Transnational American Studies

November 25–27, 2015

Akdeniz University
Faculty of Letters
Department of English Language and Literature
Antalya, Turkey

In her 2004 Presidential Address to the American Studies Association entitled "Crossroads of Cultures: The Transnational Turn in American Studies," Shelley Fisher Fishkin called on scholars to move away from a nationalist and/or nation-centered model of reading, teaching and researching the United States that prioritized the agendas of Americanists working in the United States. Her call involved repositioning American Studies as a discipline that takes the transnational, rather than the national, as its point of departure. Such an approach, Fishkin posited, would not only ensure the "multidirectional flows of people, ideas, and goods," but would also generate "social, political, linguistic, cultural, and economic crossroads" that would enrich our understanding of America and its global impact.

Over the past decade, scholars around the world have tried to define "Transnational American Studies." Overall, it has been characterized as a field that transcends borders and mere comparative approaches by recognizing bias, especially of US-based Americanists. This approach also involves recognizing the work of Americanists beyond the borders of the United States, acknowledging that they have just as much to contribute to American Studies as those within its borders, and that some of the richest areas of research are located abroad—in the interstitial worlds created by American expatriates, for example. More importantly, however, this approach simultaneously stresses that transdisciplinarity and transnationalism are, by necessity, mutually inclusive. It asserts the fundamental idea that in order to understand the ways in which the United States functions globally, one must comprehend its international social, cultural, economic, political and historic expressions and formulations.

This conference wishes to explore the concept of transnationalism by focusing on its contributions to American Studies over the past decade, its usefulness as an academic framework, its continuing impact on the field (through new scholarship), and its limitations. The American Studies Association of Turkey thus invites proposals that consider Transnational American Studies broadly conceived. We particularly encourage individual abstracts and panels, proposals by graduate students, and submissions from any branch of American Studies. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

• Defining transnationality
• Transnational American Studies in the classroom
• American Studies beyond American borders
• Transnational texts and identities
• Transnational politics/political organization/activism/social movements/protest
• Borders, boundaries, contact zones, (non)porousness
• Transnational feminism
• Life writing (travel writing, journals, diaries, and memoirs)
• Immigrant narratives/diaspora/migration/cultural mobility
• Globalization, citizenship, "homelands," denationalization
• Positioning ethnic/minority/multicultural voices within Transnational American Studies
• Americans in Turkey and transnationally
• Race, class, nation (state), power, (post)colonialism and empire
• Atlantic Studies, Hemispheric Studies, Studies of the Americas, Pacific Studies, Caribbean Studies
• Conflict, war, and geopolitics
• Children's literature
• Cinema, (social) media, communication
• Music, art, theater and performance
• English as the global language/"American" as the global culture?
• The language of Transnational American Studies
• Consumer culture/McWorld/cultural imperialism/cultural encounters/resistance
• American exceptionalism
• Post Transnational American Studies
• The limits of Transnational American Studies

Proposals should be sent to the American Studies Association of Turkey (info@asat-jast.org) and should consist of a 250–300 word abstract in English, three to five keywords, as well as a short (one paragraph) biography for each participant. The time allowance for presentations is 20 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be provided for discussion. Deadline for proposal submission: August 31, 2015. Notification of proposal acceptance: September 30, 2015.

All presenters residing in Turkey must be/become ASAT members. Selected papers will be included in a special issue of the Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST) based on the conference theme.

More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available: www.asat-jast.org