At the Heart of the American Empire(s)(ASA 11/15-18/12; 12/20)

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Elizabeth Abele and Jamie Harker
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At the Heart of the American Empire(s), a session at
American Studies Association Convention
November 15-18, 2012: San Juan, Puerto Rico

For much of the nineteenth century, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma were continual battlegrounds for defining the "new" American Empire, and defeating challenges to these definitions.
This session invites papers that examine contemporary revisitings of this historical and geographical territory at the intersection of American slavery, abolition and indigenous people. These works of history, literature, and popular culture go to the Heart to interrogate 21st-century American Empire. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to by Dec. 20, 2011. Interdisciplinary approaches welcome. Organized by Jaime Harker, Mississippi State University; Elizabeth Abele, Nassau Community College.