East-West American Studies Conference:
New European Approaches to American Studies?
Call for Papers
Do scholars in Eastern Europe approach American Studies differently than their colleagues in the West? Do scholars in Western European approach American Studies differently than their colleagues in the US? Is there a European perspective onto America and if so, how can it draw on the different experiences, both social and academic, in the East and the West?
In May 2001, the Center for North American Studies and Research (or Zentrum für Nordamerika-Studien - ZENAF) at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, will host an American Studies conference based on these questions. This is to invite those of you (preferably junior scholars) who are at present working on a research project in American studies (a dissertation, a "habilitation", or any other book-length research) and are willing to present it as work in progress and discuss it with a group of colleagues from Eastern and Western European countries. Projects from various fields (Literature, Culture, History) are welcome and need not be explicitly theoretical, but your approach should be reflected upon with regard to the conference topic.
In order to allow for lively debates the number of participants will be kept small, i.e. up to 14-16. Everyone will be asked to present their projects in written statements of 10 to 15 pages, which could be either representative chapters and/or the outlines of the project. This statement, sent to all participants before the beginning of the conference, will be the basis of discussions. At the conference, each participant will summarize his or her argument in a 10 to 15 minute talk. The following debate will be chaired by a distinguished professor of American Studies.
If you are interested in presenting your work in progress and also prepared to engage in the projects of your colleagues, please send a short (one page) proposal introducing your research. You may send your proposal either by mail or email, in either case it should arrive no later than January 8, 2001 at the address given below.
Looking forward to your letter
Time: May 2001, precise date to be announced
Place: Frankfurt am Main
Accomodation (bed and breakfast) and travel expenses paid by the organizer
Deadline for proposals: January 8, 2001
Prof. Dr. Christa Buschendorf, Dr. Astrid Franke
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Zentrum für Nordamerikaforschung (ZENAF)
Germany Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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