ASA 2018 Roundtable, "American Studies in the Plantationocene: Emergent Methods for the Long Emergency"

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University, and Rebecca Evans, Winston-Salem State University
contact email: 

The term "Plantationocene" has recently been proposed to describe the extractive and alienating processes of racial capitalism that have undergirded imperialism, racial slavery, environmental degradation, and climate colonialism. We invite proposals that interrogate this term in relation to the methods and field imaginaries of American Studies. Proposals may address questions such as: How does the Plantationocene inflect or change practices of periodization, (trans)national studies, and disciplinary boundaries within American Studies? What histories and texts take on new or different significance in the context of the Plantationocene? How has or hasn't the field begun to address the Plantationocene? How can we teach (in) the Plantationocene?

Please send brief (150-200 word) proposals and CVs to Rebecca Evans (evansrm@wssu.edu) and Joyce Chaplin (chaplin@fas.harvard.edu) by Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. We envision this as a roundtable with brief prepared remarks and an extended discussion to follow.