CFP: American Exceptionalism (3/31/06; CAAS, 10/19/06-10/22/06)

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The Canadian Association of American Studies (CAAS) will be holding its
2006 conference in Kingston, Ontario, October 19-22. The theme will be
"American exceptionalism." De Toqueville's post-revolutionary definition
of America's special status among nations in fact characterizes American
rhetoric—in history, religion, politics, literature--from its colonial
beginnings to the present. It is implicit in the Puritans' "city on a
hill," O'Sullivan's "manifest destiny" and, most recently, President
Bush's identification of America as "a force for good in the world."
Proposals for papers and panels (max. 250 words) that deal with the
rhetoric of American exceptionalism past and present from any disciplinary
point of view are welcome. The deadline for receipt of proposals is March
31, 2006. Some appropriate areas may include:

The history of exceptionalism; exceptionalist historiography
Post-national exceptionalism
Exceptionalism and empire
Exceptionalism and liberalism
Exceptional states; states of emergency; states of emergence
Exceptions to the rule of law: Antinomianism; dissent; the outlaw as hero
The city on a hill: urban utopias and theme parks
Religion and the rhetoric of exceptionalism
Comparative exceptionalisms; anti-exceptionalism
Please send proposals to:
Sylvia Söderlind
Department of English
Queen's University
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6


Jamey Carson
Department of History
Queen's University
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6

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