DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 17 JANUARY: 'Created Equal?' The Irish Association of American Studies Annual Conference, April 2014

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Irish Association of American Studies Conference in NUI Galway
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IAASConference@gmail.com

Call For Papers: Created Equal?
The Irish Association of American Studies Annual Conference

When: 25 - 26th April, 2014
Where: National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Keynote Speaker: Professor Robert Strong of Washington and Lee University, Fulbright Scholar

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the IAAS 2014 Annual Conference will investigate the notion of 'equality' in the American context.

The belief that "all men are created equal" was proclaimed self-evident in the Declaration of Independence. The phrase has been repeated and critiqued in the theatre of United States politics from Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King Jr. in his "I have a Dream" speech and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the 1848 Declaration of Rights and Sentiments. The historic struggle for equal rights in various forms belies the motto, and highlights America’s complicated relationship with 'equality'.

Enacted on July 2nd, 1964, the Civil Rights Act "prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin." The reality of a non-discriminatory society on these and other issues continues to be sought and fought on several fronts, as successive movements have challenged inequality in American society. Most recently, in June 2013, two key Supreme Court decisions highlighted the evolution of such movements: the defeat of the 1996 Defence of Marriage

Act sparked widespread celebration among equal-rights groups, yet just one day earlier the same court voted to overturn Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, thereby removing restrictions on nine southern states with a history of discriminatory practice in voting procedure. A Texas State Attorney immediately responded by declaring that Voter ID laws—laws which have historically been used to limit voters of colour—would "take effect immediately."

At the IAAS Conference, 2014, we invite participants to explore America's strained relationship with the concept of equality and its impact on citizens of different race, religion, gender or origin.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

Historic struggles for equality
The Civil War
The Civil Rights Movement
Media representations: film and television
Musical expressions of marginalised peoples
American borders: North and South
The concept of ‘melting pot’ America
Literature, poetry, novels, film and theatre exploring issues of equality
International relations
The architecture of equality

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words via http://goo.gl/W8fro2 (case sensitive)

The deadline for submissions is 10th January, 2014.
EXTENDED TO: 17 January, 2014

Contact IAASConference@gmail.com for more information, or visit http://iaas.ie/events/2014-iaas-annual-conference/

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african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
religion
theatre
theory