American Appropriations, American Interventions 15 & 16 April 2011, Queen's University Belfast

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Irish Association of American Studies
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philip.mcgowan@qub.ac.uk

The Irish Association of American Studies invites papers on the theme of American Appropriations, American Interventions for its annual conference to be held at Queen’s University Belfast on April 15 & 16 2011.

Arising out of one of the plenary lectures at the EAAS 2010 conference in Dublin, the question of how America deals with the world beyond its shores (whether politically, economically, geographically or culturally) has taken on ever-increasing relevance. The propensity of the United States to appropriate to itself vestiges of other nations’ cultures, to intervene in distant territories in the name of world security, to detain foreign nationals within its own territories on account of the war on Terror, to manage and manipulate its own image and self-representation across the world has arguably been the unavoidable flipside of America’s global pre-dominance.

Scholars, academics, post-graduate students and others may offer 20-minute papers on the above theme from any theoretical or practical perspective. Proposals are sought in the areas of literary studies, history, politics, economics, geography, science, philosophy, media studies, film studies, photography, cultural studies, international relations and others. Also welcome will be proposals on the theme from creative artists for presentations in a form other than that of a scholarly paper. The conference will aim to generate diverse perspectives on America.

Please send brief proposals (c.500 words) or expressions of interest to Dr Philip McGowan by e-mail at philip.mcgowan@qub.ac.uk before 31 December 2010.

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