Missed Connections: American Studies and Contemporary Media Theory (NEASA, Providence 10/12; abstracts due 3/19)

full name / name of organization: 
New England American Studies Association
contact email: 
michael_litwack@brown.edu

Brief abstracts are sought for a panel on the intersections between American Studies and Contemporary Media Theory to be proposed for the 2012 New England American Studies Association Conference.

This panel seeks to trace— and open up— productive routes of conversation between the methods, approaches, and sites of inquiry developed in the fields of American Studies and contemporary media theory, broadly conceived. Papers may address a wide range of questions that are of interest to both Americanists and media theorists such as material culture, aesthetics, and design; communication and ecology; historiography; power, identity, and difference; the "new" economy; and the question of the global. Ultimately, this panel will ask what might be gained through an encounter between American Studies and recent theoretical approaches to the study of technology, information, and communications media.

Topics may include (but are by no means limited to):
•U.S. material culture and the philosophy of technology, objects, and things
•Canadian media theory (McLuhan, Innis, Massumi, etc.)
•media archaeology in a U.S. context
•U.S. state violence, biopolitics, and ecologies of perception
•telecommunications media and technologies of U.S. empire
•U.S. media theory avant la lettre
•race, gender, nation, and the posthuman
•networks, global media, and the turn to transnational American Studies
•biotechnology, citizenship, and the human
•media convergence and/as labor history

Please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief biographical statement to michael_litwack@brown.edu by Monday March 19, 2012.

cfp categories: 
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
general_announcements
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
rhetoric_and_composition
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond