"American Geographies": The 2010 British Association for American Studies Postgraduate Conference (November 13 2010)

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The British Association for American Studies (BAAS) welcomes papers for its annual postgraduate conference, to be held on 13 November 2010 at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford.

We have selected the theme "American Geographies" to encourage an interdisciplinary range of perspectives concerning the turns and methodological re-mappings of Americanist fields that have come about through challenges to the geographical scope of "America" and "American" cultures, histories, and literatures. After these globalist, transnational, and comparative shifts, how have the landscapes of America and American studies changed, and with what effects? As phenomena like globalization, translation, and diaspora are increasingly recognized as complicating factors for the setting of "geographical" boundaries between fields of inquiry, what roles might geographical considerations take on for Americanists in the 21st century?

We envision dialogues on both the impact of this dynamism within Americanist fields on our objects of study, and the ways in which our objects of study invite dynamic approaches.

We encourage submissions from those working within such broader fields as literature and language, history, politics, and geography. Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Border studies
Cultural geography
Cultural studies
Diaspora studies
Ethnic studies
Exceptionalism/states of exception
Film studies
Literary influence
Theory of the novel
Transnational/transoceanic studies
Travel writing
Visual arts

Our keynote speaker will be Donald Pease, Professor of English and Avalon Chair of Humanities at Dartmouth College, and former Drue Heinz Visiting Professor at Oxford. Professor Pease has authored, most recently, The New American Exceptionalism (U of Minnesota P, 2009), and is general editor of the Duke University Press "New Americanist" series.

Please e-mail your 300-word abstracts (for 20-minute papers) or any questions about the conference to baaspgc2010@gmail.com by 15 August 2010. Abstracts should include your name, institution, e-mail, and phone number. Paper abstracts may be sent to:

Aaron Hanlon
Linacre College, Oxford
St. Cross Road, OX1 3JA
Oxford, UK

Contacts: Stephen Ross and Aaron Hanlon

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