CFP: [American] Eugenics in American History and Culture (1/24; ALA 5/22-25)

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Christina Mar
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he Society for the Study of Mixed Race invites paper submissions on all
aspects of eugenics in American history and culture for a panel to take
place at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (details
below). Widely influential in early 20 th century America, eugenic thought
informed anti-miscegenation laws, anti-immigration movements, intelligence
theories, etc. Witnessing Nazi atrocities ostensibly stemmed the eugenic
tide in the U.S., but recent scholarship suggests eugenics, in the forms of
discriminatory birth control practices and technologies introduced by the
science of human genetics (cloning, screening, engineering), remains a
powerful current in contemporary American culture. Papers addressing such
postwar and contemporary manifestations of eugenic thought and/or eugenic
treatments of race mixing are especially welcome.
Please email a short proposal to by Friday, January
24, 2008.
Conference Information:
The American Literature Association's 19th annual conference will meet at
the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 22-25, 2008
(Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for all
proposals is January 30, 2008. For further information, please consult the
ALA website at or contact the conference
director, Professor Maria Karafilis of California State University, Los
Angeles at with specific questions.

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