CFP: [American] Watching America: Visuality and Surveillance (11/15/07; ACCUTE, 05/31/08- 06/03.08)

full name / name of organization: 
Jason Haslam
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Watching America: Visuality and Surveillance in US Literature and Culture
ACCUTE Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
May 31-June 3, 2008
Joint ACCUTE/CAAS Session

        Surveillance, whether government-sponsored or otherwise, has become a
focal point of recent American political discourse. This panel, jointly
sponsored by Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of
English (ACCUTE) and the Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS),
expands this concern with surveillance to the roles of US visual culture(s)
writ large. We invite proposals for papers on any topic or period of
American literary or cultural studies focusing on issues of visuality
and/or surveillance. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

• representations of government surveillance
• voyeurism, sex, and politics in/as popular culture
• the aesthetics of surveillance
• the visual culture(s) of early America
• terrorism, surveillance, and the media
• visuality in literary works
• the role of visual culture in American Studies
• race, religion, surveillance, and the public sphere
• representations of detention, surveillance, and “secret prisons”
• visual representations of “America” and its discontents

Any other related topic, and all areas and approaches of American studies
are welcome. Please note that submission guidelines must follow ACCUTE
regulations. Please send the following:

         1. a 700-word proposal or completed paper (of approximately 10
double-spaced pages, not to exceed 20 minutes in presentation).
         2. the completed Proposal Submissions Information Sheet (available
at <> that includes mandatory
information such as your name, affiliation, contact information, and title
of proposal. Please note that you must clearly indicate on this sheet any
A/V needs you anticipate. ACCUTE needs all A/V information early so that we
can submit our technology requests before the Congress deadline.
         3. a 100-word abstract of your proposed presentation and a 50-word
bio-bibliographical note on yourself. Should your paper be accepted for the
conference, this information will appear in the programme and so it must
adhere to the word limits.

Please send the above information via email to Jason Haslam,, by November 15, 2007.

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