CFP: Epistemologies of Imperialism and Domesticity in the Americas (grad) (3/15/06; 4/7/06-4/8/06)

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CFP: Americanist Conference 7-8 April 2006, The Pennsylvania State University

Call for Papers: PSU Americanists Graduate Student Conference 7–9 April 2006

"What's Wrong with Belonging?: Epistemologies of Imperialism and
Domesticity in the Americas"

                        Keynote Speakers:

Coco Fusco (Columbia University) and Cyril Dabydeen (University of Ottawa)

The PSU Americanists Focus Group invites proposals for 15–20 minute
presentations on questions related to and stemming from the following question:
What are the epistemologies at work in various discourses of imperialism,
nativism, and domesticity in the Americas? Answers to this question may take a
variety of approaches and foci, ranging from the intimately local (family
dynamics) to the national, to the hemispherical (questions of indigenity,
hybridity, etc.). Proposals as well as presentations in English, Spanish, French
or Portuguese are welcome. The purpose of the PSU Americanists Focus Group is
encourage interdisciplinary study and communication among graduate students
whose academic research informs or is informed by the study of the Americas.

Possible Panel Topics:
Mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion (cultural, political, historical, and/or
Nativism, indigenism
Domesticity and family practices, parenting and gender roles
Reproduction and representation
Spaces of home and/or nation
Migration, immigration
Transnational labor and cultural identity
Colonization and neo-colonization
Contact zones: native and non-native American encounters
Mapping diversity
Making and un-making American identity
Transatlantic and/or transpacific circulation
The creole and the nation
The changing borders of the Americas

Submission deadline: 15 March 2006

Please send panel and paper proposals (200-300 words) via email to Tasha
Walston (

Nesrine Chahine
Department of Comparative Literature
Pennsylvania State University
434 Burrowes Building
University Park - PA 16802
(814) 863-1125

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