Elizabeth Engelhardt, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277
American Studies Graduate Conference
Thu, September 27, 2007 • Texas Union
The idea of "America" has been used to exclude, include, exhort, chastise, and celebrate. Our conference theme urges participants to examine constructions of what America “is” and "should be" and how they have been used. In examining the notion of America as a place of contested and celebrated meaning and provider of cultural context, we encourage scholarship from multivalent perspectives. We seek papers which look at ideas and aspects of America in the musical, literary, artistic, religious, political, visual, psychological, natural, built, social, and transnational realms, including work which looks beyond the political borders of the United States to the “Americas” and beyond. In addition to standard conference papers, we also invite other presentation formats and creative works, such as short films and poetry/fiction/drama readings.