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2014 Futures of American Studies Institute
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DARTMOUTH COLLEGE ANNOUNCES A ONE WEEK SUMMER INSTITUTE:
MONDAY, JUNE 16 — SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014
DIRECTOR: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)
Sandy Alexandre (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Ali Behdad (University of California, Los Angeles), Barrymore Anthony Bogues (Brown University), Bill Brown (University of Chicago), Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds), Michael Chaney (Dartmouth College), Amanda Claybaugh (Harvard University), Michael Cobb (University of Toronto), Duncan Faherty (City University of New York), Rita Felski (University of Virginia), Nancy Fraser (New School), Ulla Haselstein (Freie Universität, Berlin), Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin), Cindi Katz (City University of New York), Lisa Lowe (Tufts Univeristy), Annie McClanahan (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee), Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky), Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University), Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California), Ivy Schweitzer (Dartmouth College), Yuan Shu (Texas Tech University), Caleb Smith (Yale University)
The seventeenth year of the Institute is the fifth of a five-year focus on "State(s) of American Studies." The term "state(s)" in the title is intended to refer at once to the "state" as an object of analysis, to the state as an imagined addressee and interlocutor for Americanist scholarship, as well as to the reconfigured state(s) of the fields and areas of inquiry in American Studies both inside and outside the United States. As such, we are inviting both scholars well known as "Americanists" internationally and those whose theoretical frameworks, objects of study, and disciplinary inclinations promise to transform the field's self-understanding.
The Institute is divided into plenary sessions that feature current work from Institute faculty (listed above) and research seminars in which all participants present and discuss their own work-in-progress. Speakers in the plenary sessions will examine the relation between emergent and residual practices in the field of American Studies from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. The Institute welcomes participants who are involved in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields and who are interested in current critical debates in American Studies.
The Institute was designed to provide a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants’ work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential scholars. Over the past ten years, plenary speakers have recommended participants’ work to the leading journals and university presses within the field of American Studies, and have provided participants with recommendations and support in an increasingly competitive job market.
RESPONSES TO THE INSTITUTE:
“The intense academic experience of the Futures Institute has been immensely valuable for my development as a scholar. A wide variety of lectures has given me a glimpse of the freshest thinking being done in the field of American Studies, and a chance to meet and talk with leading scholars whom I might have seen only from afar at larger conferences. Stimulating seminar discussions have challenged me to become a more responsive colleague and to situate my own work more effectively in an ongoing critical conversation. I feel confident that I'll carry my network of friends, mentors, and intellectual fellow travelers well beyond those summer days in Hanover!”
“At the Futures of American Studies Institute, Donald Pease and Elizabeth Dillon have created a space of intellectual vitality that is absolutely unparalleled. The plenary lectures, given by internationally renowned figures in the field American studies, were a continual source of energy and inspiration. Yet what was truly remarkable about this Institute was the sense in which it was more than simply a collection of brilliant individuals. Through a seminar structure that actively engages participants and plenary speakers alike, the Institute invites each participant into the discussion of the state of American studies, insisting that each participant share the work they hope to contribute to the futures of this field. The result is the building of a community that is supportive yet challenging, in which each person is invested in helping others rethink their ideas in exciting new ways. This community has given me a completely new and valuable outlook on the work I do, and upon the ways this work intersects with the larger field of American studies. It was one of the best educational experiences I've ever had, and I only hope I can continue to be a part of the community this Institute has fostered in the years to come.”
"The combination of intensive workshops devoted to each participant's work in progress, a dizzying array of fantastic plenary speakers, and the general atmosphere of intellectual fecundity that pervades the Institute sets it apart from all other academic gatherings, providing a serious workspace for critical discussion and exploration that is far greater than the sum of its parts. For all of its strengths, the single greatest virtue of the Futures Institute is its capacity to produce in every one of its participants an experience of intellectual euphoria that ultimately manifests itself as a kind of productive exhaustion."
“The Futures of American Studies Institute is one of the most vibrant and challenging intellectual spaces for critical thinking in the American Academy. Bringing together scholars from many different countries it facilities conversations and sharp exchanges between them through a series of plenary lectures and debates. For the graduate student, the Institute is a place where one can, in a non - competitive atmosphere, get feedback both from peers and leading scholars in different fields. I cannot think of a better place to spend a week in intense intellectual conversation.”
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