CFP: [American] Graduate Student Conference on Empire and Imperialism

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Robert Levine
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Call for papers: Rethinking Empire and Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century
American Literature
A Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park
NOVEMBER 7-8, 2008
Keynote speaker: Professor Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania
The publication of Amy Kaplan and Donald Pease's coedited collection,
_Cultures of United States Imperialism_ (1993), helped spawn new interest
in imperialism, empire, race, and nation in U.S. literary studies. Among
the most influential recent works to examine such topics are John Carlos
Rowe's _Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism_ (2000) and Amy Kaplan's _The
Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture_ (2003). These works,
among others, suggest important connections among literary cultures,
empire, and imperialism. Today, inquiries in these areas continue, and
there is much new interrelated work on hemispherism, transhemispherism,
transnationalism, transatlanticism, and globalization. This conference
will explore questions of empire and imperialism in nineteenth century
American culture, history, and literature. One of our large goals is to
rethink the strengths and limitations of current approaches as well as to
consider new ones. We invite papers dealing with any aspect of empire and
imperialism in the long nineteenth century (c. 1790s-1914), including but
not limited to the following topics: The Mexican-American War, The
“Spanish-American” War, Manifest Destiny, “Manifest Domesticity," American
and Transnational Identity, Pan-American Regionalism, Imperial Borders and
Landscapes, Language and Translation, Representations of Empire in Culture,
Anti-Imperialism, Law and Empire, Rites and Rituals of Power and Resistance
Discrimination, Race, and Assimilation, (Re)Mapping Native Peoples,
Religion and Empire, Gender Politics and Perspectives, Inheritance and
Genealogy, Native Americans and Self-Determination, American Frontier Myths
Colonial Settings and Subtexts
SUBMISSIONS: Please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words and a CV
to Submissions must be received no later than
June 7, 2008. Speakers will be notified by email in early July.
Fernando Benavidez, Christy DeSanctis, Mark Hoffman, Seth Horton, Joe
Kautzer, Tasos Lazarides, Rebecca Lush, Sarah Sillin, and Robert Levine
(Faculty Advisor)

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