CFP: Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference (Australia) (11/30/07; 7/4/08-7/7/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Michael McDonnell

First Call For Papers:
Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference
University of Sydney
4-7th July 2008

The Department of History at the University of Sydney is delighted to
announce that it is hosting the Australia and New Zealand Association
for American Studies Conference in 2008. ANZASA brings together scholars
from Australia and New Zealand with colleagues who specialise in
American Studies from around the world for a major conference held every
two years.

Proposals for panels and individual (20-minute) papers are now invited.
We welcome proposals from across the broad spectrum of American Studies
topics. We also plan special themed sessions on the research areas of
each of our keynote speakers. Panels and papers addressing those topics
are particularly welcome. At present, our confirmed keynote speakers are:

George Chauncey: is Professor of History at Yale University. He is best
known for his book Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making
of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic, 1994), which won the
Organization of American Historians' Merle Curti Prize for the best book
in social history and Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for the best first
book in history, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Lambda
Literary Award. He is also the author of Why Marriage? The History
Shaping Today's Debate over Gay Equality (Basic, 2004), and was the
organizer and lead author of the Historians' Amicus Brief in Lawrence
v.Texas (2003), which was cited extensively in the Supreme Court's
landmark decision overturning American sodomy laws. He is currently
nearing completion of the sequel to Gay New York, to be titled, The
Strange Career of the Closet: Gay Culture, Consciousness, and Politics
from the Second World War to the Gay Liberation Era.

Ian Tyrrell: is Scientia Professor of History at the University of New
South Wales, Sydney. Best known for his studies of the history of women
and temperance in the United States, his most recent books are True
Gardens of the Gods: Californian-Australian Environmental Reform,
1860-1930 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999); Deadly
Enemies: Tobacco and its Opponents in Australia (Sydney: University of
New South Wales Press, 1999); and Historians in Public: American
Historical Practice, 1890-1970 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press,
2005). A fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, he
was awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal in 2003, and
appointed a Scientia Professor in 2007. He is presently engaged on an
Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2005-08) on American
Cultural Expansion and American Empire, covering the late nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries.

Proposals for full panels are preferred, but individual paper proposals
are also most welcome. Panel proposals should include a panel title,
200-word abstracts of three papers and a brief CV for each person
delivering a paper. Individual proposals should include an abstract and
brief CV. Postgraduate students, as well as more senior scholars, are
warmly encouraged to submit proposals by 30 November 2007.

Information on registration will be available shortly; full and
concession rates will be available. The Conference will be at the
Women's College, University of Sydney, where there is also catered
accommodation for a limited number of conference delegates. Discounted
rates at several local hotels will also be available; participants
should make bookings directly with the hotels.

Deadline for proposals: November 30, 2007. Early submission is welcome.

Please send your abstracts via email to one of the conference convenors:
- Frances Clarke:
- Clare Corbould:
- Michael McDonnell:
- Stephen Robertson:

Or send to:
Department of History, SOPHI (A14)
University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia
Ph. 02 9351 6733 Within Australia
61 02 9351 6733 International
Fax + 61 (0)2 9351 3918

For updated details, including information about accommodation as it is
released, see

Beautiful Sydney serves as the host for the 2008 Australia and New
Zealand American Studies Conference that marks the 44th year of ANZASA.
Gloriously situated on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world,
Sydney is the leading city in New South Wales, and the largest in
Australia. It possesses a wealth of stunning natural and heritage sites
including the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and extensive collections
of early examples of Australian art and architecture, along with
stunning bush walks around the city and in the numerous nearby National
Parks, including the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. For those who
might wish to stay beyond the period of the conference, Sydney is the
perfect base from which many short excursions as well as national trips
can be undertaken to Australia's other major tourist attractions.
Sydney's winter climate is temperate with high temperatures in July
averaging around 18 degrees celsius, with lows of 9 to 12 degrees
celsius. For more information about the city, see:

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