Roundtable CFP: "The Machine in the Garden 50 Years Later" (ASA 2014)

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Call for Papers/Participants for an ASA 2014 Roundtable, "The Machine in the Garden 50 Years Later"

American Studies Association Conference
November 6-9, 2014
Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles, CA

In 1964, Leo Marx published his field changing study, The Machine in the Garden, raising new questions about the allure of the machine and of the pastoral in American literary and cultural history. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its publication, this roundtable seeks participants who will offer new insights into the study of technology, literature, and culture in the twenty-first century. Scholars who have celebrated or elaborated upon Marx's work are invited to apply, whether they directly reflect on the legacy of Marx's monograph or emphasize divergent approaches to the study of technology and pastoralism in the American cultural imaginary.

This roundtable will be one of the sessions sponsored by the Science & Technology caucus, increasing the likelihood of acceptance.*

*I originally wanted to propose this panel for ALA this May, but I had a conflict. Considering Marx's relationship to American Studies, the ASA will be a perfect venue. I urge applicants who contacted me about ALA to re-apply!

Please send 250 word proposals and CVs to by January 15, 2014.