CFP: [American] The 44th Annual International Conference of the American Studies Association of Korea

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2009 ASAK Call for Papers

“The Futures of America”

The 44th Annual International Conference of the American Studies
Association of Korea

October 23-24, 2009
Seoul, Korea

Since the end of the so-called American century, we have witnessed the
United States of America go through many drastic changes in less than a
decade. To name four events amongst many moments of departure from the
previous political order and cultural climate, we can identify the 9/11
terrorist attacks in 2001, the midterm elections of 2006, the financial
crisis of 2008, and the presidential election in 2008. The first of these
radically altered not only the direction of U.S. domestic and foreign
policies, but also the shape of everyday lives of ordinary Americans; the
last both reflects and promotes a dramatic shift in conceptualizations of
belonging, citizenship, and national identity that simultaneously point
towards a different future for America as well as a return to the
earliest promises of America. Thus, the American Studies Association of
Korea seeks to engage in a dialogue about the futures of America by
revisiting and reexamining the past and present of America, and by
discussing the significance, implications, and ramifications of the links
and disruptions between past, present and futures and their

The 2009 ASAK International Conference Organizing Committee invites
papers that explore these links and disruptions from interested
colleagues in American Studies and all related disciplines, including
(but not limited to) politics, history, sociology, anthropology,
economics, philosophy, literary studies, cinema studies, media studies,
and cultural studies. As our emphasis on the plural, “futures,” in this
year’s theme “The Futures of America” indicates, participants are
welcome to define “future” using any reference system as well as from
any historical point, and are also encouraged to engage diverse possible
futures. Papers with interdisciplinary approaches, such as transnational,
comparative, diasporic, hemispheric, planetary and so forth, will be
especially welcomed.

Please submit a 500-word proposal and your curriculum vitae by April
10th, 2009, to the Organizing Committee at:

The Committee will evaluate all submissions carefully and organize
individual papers into thematic sessions, and will respond by May 18th,
2009, by email. ASAK will provide accommodations and waive the
registration fee for all international participants traveling to Korea to
attend the conference.

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