[UPDATE] NEASA Conference: Pre-conference Blogging

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New England American Studies Association

Hi All,

As the current president of the New England American Studies Association (www.neasa.org) , I'm very excited to highlight a new addition to both our scholarly conversations and the build-up to our annual conference, which this year will be held at Plimoth Plantation on November 4-5 and will focus on "American Mythologies: Creating, Re-creating, and Resisting National Narratives." Over the next few months (see the schedule of topics below) we will be hosting a pre-conference blog, located at http://neasaconference.blogspot.com; each week presenters from a particular panel (or in some cases two related panels) will be posting some thoughts about their potential papers and/or parallel interests and ideas, and fellow panelists and other presenters (and any other interested readers!) will be invited to comment and respond.

I'm writing both to invite you to check out and take part in the blog over these months and to ask you to publicize it to students, colleagues, peers, listservs, organizations, and anybody/everybody else you think might be interested. Besides being a great chance to see the strength of our conference program and hopefully get enthused about joining us in Plimoth (the Attendee registration rate is only $20, and includes full access to Plimoth on both days!), we also hope these will just be interesting and meaningful American Studies discussions, and the more folks take part, the more that'll be the case.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like any further info, and thanks very much for reading,


Week of July 25: War
Week of August 1: Transnational
Week of August 8: Religion and Identity
Week of August 15: Pop culture and Identity
Week of August 22 [Two featured panels]: Culture and the Body; Spaces and Places
Week of August 29 [Two featured panels]: Literature; Slavery
Week of September 5 [Two featured panels]: The West; Visual culture and Identity
Week of September 12 [Two featured panels]: Heroism;
Recreating the Revolution
Week of September 19: New England Exceptionalism
Week of September 26: Activating Public Memory
Week of October 3: Ethnic Counter-Narrative
Week of October 10: Native Americans
Week of October 17: Archaeological Narratives
Week of October 24: Regional Indigenous Canon
Week of October 31: Images of Plymouth and Plimoth
Friday November 4th: Conference begins!


Ben Railton, PhD

Associate Professor of English
Coordinator of American Studies
Fitchburg State University

New England American Studies Association

Advisor, American Writers Museum