SW/TX PCA ACA American Studies Area

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Lisa Stein/SW/TX PCA ACA
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Call for Papers: American Studies Area
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Associations 31st Annual Conference
February 10-13, 2010
Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, NM
Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org

Panels are now being formed in the American Studies area. Scholars, researchers, professionals, teachers, graduate students and others interested in this area are encouraged to submit an abstract. Graduate students are especially encouraged and will be assisted in accessing any and all award opportunities the conference and/or associations provide.

American Studies is a broad area and one that MUST be interdisciplinary. While the area is one that should be centered in the cultures of the Americas, especially the United States, a particularly vibrant area of inquiry is increasingly found in the transnational, intra-national and global considerations of these cultures. Topics offering multiple perspectives in this vein on the American Southwest are especially welcome. Listed below are several possible topics, however, these should not be considered either prescriptive or limiting in regards to your creativity in this area.

•The Invisibility of the American Worker in National, Transnational and Colonial Contexts
•American Mobility and Power: Intersections between Culture, Identity and Travel
•The International Metaphor of the Western Frontier
•Transnational Hollywood: Fact and Fiction
•Intersecting the Biopolitical, the Transnational and the Indigenous
•The Trouble with Citizenship: Community, Resistance, Migration
•"States of Exception" in the U. S. Empire
•World Perspectives on the Obama Presidency
•Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Obama's America

Email 250-word abstracts for individual presentations or 500-word abstracts for panel proposals to Area Chair Lisa K. Stein (English Department, Ohio University Zanesville) at stein@ohio.edu. Please include a current CV and contact information for each participant. And, if you mention the conference or the American Studies area in your subject line, it will insure the speedy attention to and handling of your submission. The first-round deadline for proposals is August 15, 2009.

Upon acceptance, all presenters must register by December 31, 2009. Registration is available online at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association website: http://swtxpca.org. Early registration discounts are available, as is hotel and transportation information.

Lisa K. Stein
Ohio University Zanesville
Visit the website: http://swtxpca.org