CFP: [General] Circulations: Economies, Currencies, Movements in American Studies (6/1/08; 11/8/08)

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Shifra Diamond
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The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) and the Columbia
Journal of American Studies (CJAS) announce a call for papers for our 2008
annual one-day conference:

Circulations: Economies, Currencies, Movements in American Studies

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Circulations: blood, ideas, books, money, people, contagions, politics,
trade. All of these economies, both literal and figurative, operate
within and across the porous boundaries of the United States. From the
virtual circulation of futures markets and viral video to the embodied
circulation of migrants and goods, the economies of the United States ride
any number of waves of circulation, some voluntarily, some much less so.

The goal of this conference is to investigate, interrogate, interrupt, and
intervene in the various circulatory systems that run through both the
United States of America and American Studies. How do ideas, people, and
goods circulate? How do different kinds of economies and currencies â€"
monetary and otherwise â€" shape us and the field of American Studies? To
what extent are metaphors of circulation useful in imagining intellectual
networks, such as those produced by the Internet, trans-disciplinary (and
transnational) collaborations, or academic activism? How, too, are limits
on movement like incarceration and immigration restriction connected to
enforced movements like extraordinary rendition and deportation? How do
we theorize the metastasizing meanings of circulation? How do we study
moving targets? What challenges does the study of circulations pose to
traditional forms of knowing and scholarship, and what opportunities does
it make available? How might we reconfigure Marxist, post-structuralist,
or other theoretical approaches in American Studies to account for these
new global, economic, and political circuits? How do we construct
archives for studying such mobile phenomena?

In imagining this conference, we invite participants to engage with any of
the following issues (or any other this topic inspires):

Circulating people: migration, displacement, diaspora
Political movements, political economies
Distressed economies: panics, depressions, recessions
Psychic economies: panics, depressions, repressions
Aesthetic economies and art markets
Transnational economies: remittances, tourism, global circuits
Knowledge economies and intellectual exchange
Informal economies: mix-tapes, novelties, networks, survival crimes
Virtual circulations: viral video, memes, folksonomies, wiki wisdom
Bodily circuits, physical circulations
Circulating currents: electricity, excitement, change
Print circulation: underground, academic, institutional
Circulars: periodicals, publications, pamphlets
Circulating libraries, old and new
Libidinal circuits: kinship networks, love triangles, prostitution rings,
circuit parties, sex tourism
Gender circuits and feminist waves
Congested circuits: traffic, density, crashes
Speculating in futures/speculating on the future
Fashions and fads: going into/coming out of circulation
Bad currency: loans, debts, IOUs
Recycling: biological and ecological recirculations (air, blood, power,
water, waste)
Enforced movement and/or enforced stillness
Cornering the market
Corrupted circulation: fakes, frauds, plagiarists
Moving vehicles, moving violations
Legal tender: slavery, trafficking, exploitation
Contagion and epidemics, transmissions of affect
Ethical economies and circuits of responsibility

We welcome papers on any historical period in American Studies, as well as
21st century topics. We particularly encourage presentations that
circulate across historical and disciplinary borders. Please note that we
will accept abstracts for individual paper presentations only, not pre-
constituted panels.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to by June 1,
2008. Please write “NYMASA Conference” in the subject line.

The conference will take place in New York City; exact location will be
announced at a later date. For more information, visit our website at or send an e-mail to .

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