CFP: [Graduate] CHASA Spring 2008 Conference: âActivating American Cultures"

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CHASA Spring 2008 Conference: Call for Proposals

“Activating American Cultures:
The Politics of Identity, Media, and Public Policy”

     The Chesapeake Chapter of the American Studies Association announces
its Spring conference, to be held at the University of Maryland, College
Park on April 4-5, 2008. The campus, located in Prince George’s Countyâ€"
with its ongoing debates over suburban sprawl, gentrification, the K-12
school system, and immigrationâ€"and in proximity to the nation’s capitol,
represents a highly appropriate place to explore the Spring conference’s
theme, “Activating American Cultures: The Politics of Identity, Media, and
Public Policy.” The county embodies a working laboratory for teachers,
artists, documentary filmmaker, preservationists, museum curators,
nonprofit organizations and others to challenge what is taken for granted
within the dramatic changes of the 21st century. Proposals for papers and
sessions should address, for example, but not limited to the following
topics: the uses of the college and university (the teaching of
multiculturalism and media literacy, the advocacy of outreach to K-12
schools and to the community….); the practice of art and architecture
(painters, museums, historical societies…); the role of local media
(radio, television, film, the Internet) in communicating political
messages; the tactics of progressive organizations to foster civic

     The Program Committee also encourages the submission of proposals
that will deepen our sense of the contemporary and expand the boundaries
of the local by pursuing such avenues as: 1) the historical perspective
2) the role of cultural diversity (race, gender, class, ethnicity, sexual
identity), 3) the connection of regional practices to nationwide
activities and global consequences; 4) a consideration of the value and
possible excesses of being an advocate for social justice both on and off
campus. Graduate students presenting at the conference can have their
papers considered for our award, Outstanding Graduate Paper, if they
submit a copy of their paper by March 24. We invite undergraduate
students to send in proposals; to facilitate this process, faculty
members are encouraged to select undergraduates who have undertaken
advanced research and to assist the students in proposing their paper
presentations. The Program Committee also welcomes proposals from alumni,
teachers, museum staff, government employees and others who are not
affiliated with a university or college campus.

Please mail your proposal and a brief CV to:

Dr. Myron Lounsbury,
Department of American Studies
1102 Holzapfel Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


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The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2008

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