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Currents and Countercurrents, CFP 10/01/2012
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Nordic Association for American Studies (Karlstad University, Sweden)
The 23rd biennial conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies 2013
Friday May 24- Sunday May 26, 2013
Currents and Countercurrents
Such backlashes to the visionary view of America as the land of progress bespeak a tension between a current of liberalism and a countercurrent of conservatism that runs through the historical life of America in its entirety, making itself felt academically no less than politically and socially. Calls for change and reformation of academic disciplines like literary history, for instance, have always provoked responses insisting on the importance of tradition. What are we to make of this tension? Is the recurrent succession of calls for change and rallies for tradition a cause for concern or for celebration? Are such currents and countercurrents constitutive of American culture in particular, or rather to be seen as general features of modern society? And are we presently seeing a return to a more conservative conception of America, or rather its continuing ability to adapt to new circumstances even in times of financial crisis?
We seek papers that map currents and countercurrents in all aspects of American studies. What questions are being asked, by whom, to what end, and from what critical perspective? Papers are invited that address, but are not limited to, currents and countercurrents in:
Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by October 1, 2012, for 20 minute papers. Proposals for individual panel presentations (15-20 minutes) should be no longer than 300 words, and proposals for panels or workshops no more than one page. Workshops will be presented in the second call for papers. We look forward to receiving your proposal.
Conference web site: http://www.kau.se/naas-conference-2013