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Oceans Apart: In Search of New Wor(l)ds
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International American Studies Association
America. America. AmeRICA. The Americas. A mythologized New World, oceans apart from the Old, yet not a day younger. America: a projection that first obliterated and then replaced the reality of the dual continent before its existence, rhetorically undone, could be acknowledged. Re-textualized anew before they could be explored and exploited, contemporary Americas have since become a complex palimpsest: the oldest text barely visible from under the plethora others, inscribed upon the erasure of previous ones.
Americas’ “vertical” histories are constantly being added: with every passing year, the palimpsest transforms by the power of “horizontal” discourses of history rolling across the oceans to the landmasses of the world: to Americas, across Americas, and from Americas again. It is the transoceanic dynamics of history that the debate proposed focuses upon. Its aspects include, but are not limited by, the following:
— Americas Between the Oceans
The Ocean and the Making of Americas
— The Atlantic/the Pacific Between Continents
Oceans as Connectors/Oceans as Separators
— Navigators, Surveyors, Toilers-at-Sea: the Birth, Expansion and Decline of the N/new France from Gaspésie to Guiana
Towards Tran-Atlantic and Trans-American Creoleness
Interpretations of the conference themes ranging from the predictable to the surprising are highly encouraged. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome since all these topics in themselves stretch across several disciplines: history, literary studies, psychology, linguistics, political sciences, educational sciences, ethnology, gender/queer studies, anthropology, sociology. Graduate students are most welcome to participate.
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