Framing Narratives: Boston University American & New England Studies Program Graduate Student Conference

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Aaron Ahlstrom - Boston University American & New England Studies Program

Boston University’s American and New England Studies Program is proud to announce a call for papers for its upcoming Graduate Student Conference to be held on April 13, 2019 in Boston, MA.


This conference’s theme, “Framing Narratives,” asks people to think through the establishment, circulation, and contestation of the stories that "frame" American life. What stories give shape to, constrain, border, bolster, or animate American visions of selfhood and community? These might be literal stories (or literal frames!), but could also be some of the unspoken, but demonstrably real narratives that shore up national identity.


We welcome perspectives from scholars, educators, and practitioners working in American Studies and related fields including (but not limited to) cultural history, art history, material culture studies, public history, race and gender studies, international relations, literature, and film and media studies. Furthermore, we hope to highlight the multiple intersections between American Studies and the public humanities, and welcome presenters from a wide range of backgrounds and careers. As such, we warmly invite proposals for 20-minute scholarly papers, artist or educator talks, activist projects, round table discussions, and other innovative formats that address the theme of “framing narratives.”


Proposals should include: a 250-300 word abstract (indicating the presentation’s format and content); a resume, CV, or short 200 word biography; and the full name of the presenter, university or other institutional affiliation, and contact information.


Please submit by February 1, 2019 to: