CFP: Transnational American Studies (6/15/2009; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Eric L. Martinsen / Journal of Transnational American Studies

Deadline for full consideration: June 15, 2009

The Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS) invites submissions for its second issue, scheduled to be released in September/October 2009. JTAS is a peer-reviewed online journal that seeks to broaden the interdisciplinary study of American cultures in transnational contexts. The journal functions as an open-access forum for Americanists in the global academic community, where scholars are increasingly interrogating borders both within and outside the nation and focusing on the multiple intersections and exchanges that flow across those borders. JTAS is a new critical conduit that seeks to bring together innovative transnational work from diverse but often disconnected sites in the U.S. and abroad. In order to facilitate the broadest possible cultural conversation about transnational American Studies, the journal will be available without cost to anyone with access to the Internet. Sponsored by UC Santa Barbara's American Cultures and Global Contexts Center and Stanford University's Program in American Studies, JTAS is hosted on the eScholarship Repository, which is part of the eScholarship initiative of the California Digital Library.

In her 2004 presidential address to the American Studies Association, Shelley Fisher Fishkin noted the growing recognition that understanding the United States requires looking beyond and across national borders. This "transnational turn" has emphasized the multidirectional flows of peoples, ideas, and goods, and in the process has thrown into question the "naturalness" of political, geographical, and epistemological boundaries. The Journal of Transnational American Studies seeks new and innovative scholarship that mines and pushes the plural and global possibilities of American Studies. We encourage contributions from a variety of fields and disciplines, including cultural studies, media studies and new media, literature, visual arts, performance studies, music, religion, history, politics, and law.

We particularly welcome scholarship—both from within and beyond the U.S.—that engages in American Studies in a critical and self- reflective manner. For instance, how does one distinguish transnationalism from past and present discourses of internationalism, cosmopolitanism, and globalization? Has American Studies always been transnational, or has this "turn" come about through the pressures of global capitalism? What are the implications of the transnational turn for theorizing ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and class? Can one speak of a set of reading practices and of concepts that compose a research methodology for transnational American Studies?

Submission Guidelines

Please submit manuscripts electronically at the Journal of Transnational American Studies website by June 15, 2009 to allow full consideration for our second issue. Submissions should not exceed 10,000 words, including endnotes, and are accepted on a rolling basis. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style and include an abstract (not to exceed 250 words) and keywords. Submission guidelines and the style guide for JTAS can be found on our website at

Authors retain copyright for all content published in The Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS). However, authors grant to the journal the right to make available such content, in any format, in perpetuity. Authors may reproduce, in other contexts, content to which they possess the copyright, although in any subsequent publications JTAS should be acknowledged as the original publisher.


Caroline Kyungah Hong & Eric L. Martinsen
Managing Editors
Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS)