This session will provide a scholarly examination of issues related to the historic preservation of the American built environment. Because of the conference’s theme this year ("Groundwork: Space and Place in American Culture"), papers dealing with preservation’s role in creating a sense of place or community, shaping local identity or image, and maintaining local culture(s) are especially welcome. Also encouraged are papers investigating ideological questions (such as why preservation [and/or destruction] occurs, whose history/culture has or has not been – or should be – preserved, etc.). Other topics might include (but are not limited to): preservation’s ties to public history, collective memory, or the nostalgia industry; preservation and tourism; preservation at historic sites and by museums, etc. Papers focusing on teaching historic preservation in an American Studies department or context (especially regarding such classes’ effects on – or relationship with – the local area) would also be relevant. If you are interested in either presenting or chairing, please contact Kelli Shapiro at the e-mail address shown below by January 7, 2005. Include a brief C.V., an abstract of less than 500 words, your paper’s title, any audio-visual preferences, and contact information.
The American Studies Association's annual meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 3 - 6, 2005.
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