The Materials of American Studies

full name / name of organization: 
Australian Journal of American Studies
contact email: 
melissa.hardie@sydney.edu.au

AJAS Call for Papers

The Materials of American Studies, December 2012.

Bill Brown observes that by the end of the nineteenth century, “the invention, production, distribution and consumption of things rather suddenly came to define a national culture” [Sense of Things 4]. This issue of the Australasian Journal of American Studies, “The Materials of American Studies,” explores the role of objects in understanding, representing, tracing and conceptualising America, its past and present. We invite essays that explore the material of American Studies: the production, reproduction, consumption and circulation of objects from the colonial period to the present.

Possible topics:

thing theory
the uses, values and desires surrounding objects
the instruments of everyday life: furniture, food, magazines, clothing
modes of production, new technologies
the archive, museum, library
local places, architecture, interior design, urban planning
memorabilia, souvenirs, memorials
collecting and hoarding
crime scenes
historical documents such as maps, ephemera, ledgers
private and public, unofficial and official records
moviegoing, reading practices

Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to Sarah Gleeson-White sarah.gleeson-white@sydney.edu.au or Melissa Hardie melissa.hardie@sydney.edu.au by 1 October 2011. Final submissions will be due 1 February 2012. All articles are refereed and should not normally exceed 6, 000 words in length. Enquiries welcome.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
journals_and_collections_of_essays
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond