CFP: [American] CAAS 2008: American Legacies / Newfoundland and the Americas

full name / name of organization: 
Christopher Lockett
contact email: 
clockett@mun.ca

Canadian Association of American Studies (CAAS)
Annual Conference 2008
August 13-16
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL.

AMERICAN LEGACIES
**Deadline for Proposals: April 20, 2008**

CAAS invites paper proposals for its annual conference, which will be
held in St. John’s, at Memorial University of Newfoundland August 13-16.
Please send 500 word proposals to: CAAS 2008 Committee, c/o Michael Epp
(michaelepp_at_trentu.ca). Please include with proposals your name, academic
affiliation, email address and any AV requirements your paper will have.

CAAS also encourages panel proposals of three or more papers. Anyone
interested in proposing a panel topic can contact Michael Epp or
Christopher Lockett (clockett_at_mun.ca) with questions.

Mere months after this conference, Americans will be electing a new
government after eight years of George W. Bush’s administration.
Political commentators of all ideological stripes have for some time now
been addressing the vexed question of this administration’s legacy: how
will the often dramatic and occasionally shocking policies enacted by
George W. Bush et al resonate in the years to come, both domestically and
internationally?

This conference’s theme addresses the question of such “legacies” more
broadly and the footprint that the United States has left at points in
its past, both on itself and the world. Suggested topics include, but are
not limited to:

Presidential Legacies, real and imagined
The Persistence of Puritanism
Exceptional Americas
American Renditions
Contested Terrains
American Idol(s)
Captive Americas
American Innocence
Military Footprints
American Regimes
Evolving Enemies, or: Who’s the bad guy this year?
The Influence of Anxiety
Imperial Americas
Epochal Images
America’s Next Top ___________
Newfound Americas

In addition to the conference’s major theme, we will also be organizing a
series of special sessions around the topic of “Newfoundland and the
Americas.”

CAAS 2008 Special Sessions:
NEWFOUNDLAND AND THE AMERICAS
**Deadline for Proposals: April 20, 2008**

The Canadian Association of American Studies is pleased to announce its
first-ever annual conference held in Newfoundland. In recognition of
this, we invite paper proposals for a series of special sessions
on “Newfoundland and the Americas.”

The last province to join Confederation in 1949, Newfoundland has always
had an ambivalent and often vexed relationship both to Canada and to the
Americas more broadly. It was however one of the earliest settlements in
North America, with its massive resources of cod from the Grand Banks
playing a vital role in colonial trade routes with the Caribbean and
Europe, the legacies of which can still be seen today.

As our over-arching theme for this conference is “American Legacies,” it
seems appropriate to explore the legacies of the Americas in
Newfoundland, and vice versa. Suggested topics include, but are not
limited to:

Newfoundland diasporas
The legacy of the rum trade
How cod changed the world
Americans in Newfoundland
American fictions of Newfoundland
Newfoundland Fictions of America
The American military and Newfoundland
The Newfoundland sublime
The Caribbean connection
Newfoundland in New York

Please send 500 word proposals to: CAAS 2008 Committee, c/o Michael Epp
(michaelepp_at_trentu.ca). Please include with proposals your name, academic
affiliation, email address and any AV requirements your paper will have.

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