CFP: [American] The 2009 Futures Of American Studies Institute

full name / name of organization: 
James E. Dobson




DIRECTOR: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)
CO-DIRECTORS: Elizabeth Dillon (Northeastern University)
                    Winfried Fluck (Freie Universitaet, Berlin)
                    Eric W. Lott (University of Virginia)


Nancy Bentley (University of Pennsylvania), Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth
College), Barrymore Anthony Bogues (Brown University), Anna Brickhouse
(University of Virginia), Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds),
Christopher Castiglia (Pennsylvania State University), Russ Castronovo
(University of Wisconsin), Michael Chaney (Dartmouth College), Tim Dean
(State University of New York, Buffalo), Soyica Diggs (Dartmouth College),
J. Martin Favor (Dartmouth College), Nancy Fraser (New School), Jeffrey
Glover (University of Rochester), Macarena Gomez-Barris (University of
Southern California), Judith Halberstam (University of Southern
California), Andrew Hebard (Miami University of Ohio), Donatella Izzo
(University of Naples), Cindi Katz (City University of New York), George
Lipsitz (University of California, Santa Barbara), Lee Medovoi (Portland
State University), Klaus Milich (Dartmouth College), José Munoz ( New York
University), Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky), Anders Olsson (Upssala
University, Sweden), John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California),
José David Saldívar (University of California), Ramon Soto-Crespo (State
University of New York, Buffalo), Paul Smith (George Mason University).
Maurice Stevens (Ohio State University)


This year of the Institute is the fourth of a four-year focus on
“Re-configurations of American Studies.” This topic is meant to foreground
the reflexive turn in the cultures of 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 which feature current work
from Institute faculty (listed above) and research seminars in which all
participants present and discuss their own works-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.

The fee for the Institute (covering registration, housing, and seminars) is
The fee to attend only the Institute plenary sessions is $500.

Applications for the 2009 Institute will be accepted until all slots have
been filled, but applications received by April 20, 2009 will be granted
Applicants should send a brief description of their own projects (no more
than 1 page) along with a current CV, a writing sample (10-15 pages) and a
$10 application fee (please make checks payable to “Dartmouth College”).

Applications should be mailed to:

The Futures of American Studies Institute
Dartmouth College
116 Wentworth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755.

For further information, please contact:
Tom Zoellner
URL: <>
Phone: 603-646-3592


"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!"

- Leslie Eckel, Futures Participant

"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

- Jesse Cross, Futures Participant

“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."

-- Brian Thill, Futures Participant

“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."

- Anthony Bogues, Futures Faculty

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