New England American Studies Association Conference, 11/4-11/6/2011 (proposals due 4/8/11)

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Call for Papers
New England American Studies Association 2011 Conference
Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts,
November 4-6, 2011

American Mythologies: Creating, Recreating, and Resisting National Narratives

From 1492 and the First Thanksgiving to Honest Abe and the Great Communicator, from the boundless possibilities of the frontier and a golden land of opportunity to Wounded Knee and Woody Guthrie, from the midnight ride and the Boston Tea Party to Pat Tillman and the Tea Party Express, from Birth of a Nation to Malcolm X, P.T. Barnum to the Jersey Shore, America has been and still is consistently defined and constituted through national myths and narratives. Similarly, American Studies as a discipline has long wrestled with the ideas of the myth and symbol school, and scholars continue to engage with, resist, and revise those seminal analyses of national myths. At the 2011 NEASA Conference, held in Plymouth—the city that provided the site for and now recreates some of the most foundational such stories—we will discuss, analyze, and debate these narratives and methodologies, and, in the process, add our voices and versions to the mix.

Myths and narratives are constructed, reconstructed, and resisted not only through written texts but in every form of media and within every kind of community. As a result, we invite proposals and panels from academic disciplines including American Studies, history, literature, ethnic studies, native studies, women's and gender studies, working class studies, folklore studies, film, music, the visual arts, languages, archaeology, anthropology, political science, and law, as well as from artists, public historians, architects, activists, archivists, curators, teachers, policy makers, and others.

Proposals should include a one page abstract and title, as well as the author's name, address (including email), and institutional or professional affiliation. For panel proposals please include contact information for all participants, as well as a brief (no more than two page) description of the session topic and format. Submit proposals by April 8th, 2011 to Proposal or queries may also be sent to:

Ben Railton, NEASA President
Fitchburg State University, English Department
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 665-4805

For more information about the conference and NEASA, including an extended Call for Papers, please visit