[UPDATE] Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (April 18, 2015)

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Binghamton University - English Department

Conference Title: Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies (6th Annual)

Theme: "Partitions and/of Empire"

Keynote: John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California

Date: April 18, 2015

Location: Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

Deadline for Proposal Submission: March 2, 2015

"Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders" is an interdisciplinary graduate conference dedicated to exploring the changing contours of the field of American Studies. This year's conference theme, "Partitions and/of Empire," focuses on the divisions that produce and maintain the spaces of the nation-state in the age of globalization. We are interested in how apparatuses of partitioning establish, support, and sustain imperial logics through the normalization and ordering of communities, subjectivities, cultures, knowledge production, and – at its most extreme – the recognizability of life. While we are concerned with how these boundaries have produced and regulated imperial spaces and projects, our focus is also on their fortifications in response to the global movements of capital.

In keeping with this year's focus, we seek papers concerned with the effects of partitions on the histories, movements, and cultural exchanges of peoples and nations in the age of globalization. How are these divisions constituted, sustained, transgressed, obliterated? How do acts of partitioning help to generate new subjectivities and/or reconstitute old ones? How do nation-states, especially the United States, both defend against and utilize the partition-breaking effects of capitalism in their imperial projects? What opportunities for resistance emerge at the sites of these geographical, ideological, psychological, and/or economic partitions? We invite panel and paper submissions that follow these and similar lines of inquiry.

We will be inviting faculty from across New York state to act as respondents for our panels. Each respondent will read the panel's papers prior to the conference, and will provide feedback, offer questions, and direct the conversation after the panel has presented. Because of this, we ask for completed papers by no later than one week prior to the conference.

To submit a paper proposal, send a 250-word abstract to shiftingborders@gmail.com. To submit a panel proposal, include the names and email addresses of three participants, their individual paper abstracts, and a 150-word abstract uniting them. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Globalization and the Future of the Nation-State
- Neoliberalism and Democracy
- Policing and the Militarization of the Police
- American Hegemony and Border-Crossing
- Walls and Settler Colonialism
- Concepts of the American Frontier
- Partitioning Knowledge Production
- New Criticism as Textual Regulation
- Technology as Transgressing Old Boundaries, Producing New
- Divided Subjects and Walled Communities
- Resisting Partitions and Destructing Walls
- Solidarity, Coalition, or Community Across Boundaries
- The Novel and Border-Making
- American Neo-Orientalism
- Mapping, Remapping, and Unmapping
- Travelling Theory and Nomadology
- Narratives of Migration and Movement
- Literary Debts
- Transnational Corporations as Political Actors
- Suspended Orders and States of Exception