Global Perspectives on Early America at IAAS 2018

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Irish Association for American Studies
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We seek proposals on early American literature and history for the Irish Association for American Studies’ 2018 Conference, “Foreign Bodies and Native Sons,” at the University College Dublin (April 27-28). Though the recent U.S. presidential election thrived on the division of “foreign bodies” and “native sons,” this panel aims to analyze who and what constituted “America” prior to the creation of the United States. These two categories offer especially productive lenses into early American history and literature: how does coloniality trouble the terms foreign and native? how did the New World alter the bodies and minds of its disparate peoples? in what ways did early Americans renegotiate their own cultural and national identities? For a better understanding of the period, we encourage inter- or multidisciplinary proposals across a broad range of topics, including those on non-Anglophone subjects.

Please sends queries and abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief CV to and by 15 December 2017.

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