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Domino R. Perez, Director BUR 552, Mailcode F9200, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 471-4557

American Studies Graduate Student Conference

Thu, October 2, 2008 • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM • Texas Union, Various Rooms

Constructions and representations of America and American identity are fluid and contested. The conference theme, "Mongrel" America, plays on ideas of hybridity and melange, boundaries and transgressions, authenticity and artificiality. Presentations at the conference will examine 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.

Professor Dick Hebdige, Professor of Film and Media Studies and Art Studio, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UC Santa Barbara is the scheduled keynote speaker.

The keynote address, "Becoming Animal: Race, Terror and the American Roots", is scheduled for Thursday, October 2, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in Gearing Hall Room 105.

Panels and presentations will take place Friday, October 3, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Texas Union.

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies, the Department of American Studies, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the Center for Asian America


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