Freedom and Frontiers

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Interpreting the multiple cultural histories of a region and their respective intersections are vital for understanding the ways people perceive new geographies. This edited volume seeks to explore the intersections of history and theories concerning environmental memory, inclusive of cultural memory and notions of space. Collectively, they are important aspects of these interpretations.

Abstract proposals are invited for essays which explore Suffrage, race relations, and cultural memories/histories associated with Mid-America. Essays from this edited volume will add to an ongoing dialogue about representations of gender and race within the context of regional and national narratives. This work welcomes a range of essays that explore the cultural construct of Mid-America, but are not limited to, using the following themes:

--literary-historical context of diversity within the Mid-America
--comparative cultural analysis between marginalized ethnic groups
--narratives concerning migration, multiple migration, and settlement
--Suffrage movements and notions of domesticity in Mid-America
--African American cultural memory and place
--nationalism and political ideology associated with identity
--African American club-women movements
-- racial tension, cultural violence, and lynching in Mid-American communities
--Social justice and religion in cultural communities
--educational ideologies associated with race and gender
--normal and industrial school education
--miscegenation and racial purity in Mid-American and migrant communities
--the intersections between pioneer movements, relocation, and race
--"race"; ethnicity; cultural diversity; anti-prejudice or reinforcing stereotypes
--issues of socio-economic class in emerging and revitalized communities
--representations of gender; constructions of masculinity and femininity; role models

Deadline for abstracts (maximum 250 words): December 20, 2013. Please include a brief autobiographical sketch.

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The intention in this collection is engage directly and explicitly with the ways race and gender are remembered and contextualized in Mid-America. All abstracts will be read and considered. Essays exploring the experiences of ethnic minorities between 1900-1950 (Native American, Mexican-American, African American communities) are particularly welcome.