There are a few extra days for those who consider participating this year. And new members of RSACS are strongly encouraged to apply already this year, starting participating in EAAS activities. Please see below the information about the conference. The link to the conference website is also in the end.
2020 EAAS Conference — 20/20 vision
2020 EAAS Conference — Warsaw, May 1–3, 202020/20 vision: Citizenship, Space, Renewal
EAAS 2020 Conference coincides with the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Plymouth Plantation. Falling on the quadricentennial, EAAS 2020 invites broader contemplations of American history, politics, and culture. The conference seeks to underscore questions of optics, distance, and acuity. The concept of “20/20 vision,” an optical term denoting “normal” visual clarity and sharpness of sight, invites a reflection on historical distance, focal points, visibility and invisibility of socio-historical, cultural, and literary aspects of American citizenship, space, and renewal until today.
The first thematic scope of “20/20 Vision” is citizenship. We thus welcome papers targeting the idea of citizenship from various historical, political, ethical, and aesthetic perspectives, and addressing questions about the archaic, residual or emergent forms, styles and norms of being a citizen. Papers and pre-formed panels may focus on the following problem points:
the evolution or devolution of the idea of a democratic citizen in American politics
legal fiction, the citizen, and citizenship in history and literature
the problems of citizenship and agency in the days of the early Republic
the relation between citizenship and economy
citizenship and mobility
citizenship and migration
citizenship and slavery
citizenship and disability
citizenship and the changing idea of freedom
citizenship and community
limits of responsibility
limits of engagement
The second theme “20/20 Vision” addresses is space, a general umbrella term for the issues related to the environment:
land exploration and exploitation in the US
American history of land property
US borderland issues
US problem of natural resources
climate change and the US policy
climate change and the American landscape
pollution and toxic waste
The theme of space also relates issues connected with spatiality on a different dimension such as the issues of
private vs public space
social media and internet space
architecture, mortgage problem
rural vs. urban space
utopias in American history, politics and literature
dystopias in American history, politics and literature
The last focus area of “20/20 Vision” is perhaps the broadest of the three: the idea of renewal. While strongly related to the issues of citizenship and space, where it may also serve as a reflective angle, the theme of renewal on its own relates to a strong appeal in the American culture of the discourse of rebirth, reawakening, and revolution. Long before “make it new” became the slogan of the modernist artists on both sides of the Atlantic, making things new and resetting the parameters had always been part of the American life ethos. We welcome individual papers as well as pre-formed panels.
We welcome abstracts and proposals in a range of formats, including individual papers; complete three-paper sessions (do note that a proposed session cannot feature scholars from the same institution and the same country); roundtables; and workshops. Individual paper abstracts should be no longer than 350 words (excluding bibliography, if you choose to have one). Session proposals must include a short description of the session as well as the title and abstracts of all three papers.
Deadline for abstracts:
December 15, 2019
January 6, 2019
EAAS 2016 Conference Announcement ~ Dates and Details for your diary! www.eaas.eu
The European Association for American Studies is pleased to announce that its next biennial conference will take place in Constanta, Romania from 22nd to 25th April, 2016.
The EAAS conference will be hosted by our colleagues at Ovidius University in Constanta, with the local support of the Romanian Association for American Studies. Constanta is an ancient and beautiful resort city on the Black Sea coast. The easiest entry point for international visitors is likely to be Bucharest airport, and this location provides a great opportunity to add days for vacation and exploration. The conference website currently being designed will give full details of travel and accommodation options.
Open Call for Presentations
To highlight the range and diversity of American Studies in Europe the EAAS is issuing an open call for proposals for the 2016 conference.
Proposers may wish to identify and explore long-standing, current and emerging intellectual debates in American Studies; to explore critically the varying practices and methodologies in American Studies; to bring to life current discussions and to posit potential paradigms in American Studies.
The various anniversaries of 2016 provide a variety of potential foundations for proposals. It will be 150 years since the start of the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction. That was also the era of the dime novel, and Seeley Regester’s The Dead Letter, credited by some as the first full-length American crime novel, appeared in 1866. 125 years will have passed since Thomas Edison patented the motion camera and 100 since the creation of the US National Parks Service.