With US or Against US:
American Culture and Anti-Americanism in the Developing World
Contributions are solicited for a volume of essays tracing the impact of American culture on major countries and regions in Africa, Asia, and South America, including the Middle East and Central Asia. An additional section might cover Canada and Australia. Each essay should employ an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the transmission and reception of American culture, including anti-Americanism. It is suggested that authors discuss the following topics:
• Historical review of U.S. influences in the region
• U.S. government programs (libraries, exchanges, official publications – including “high culture”)
• Dissemination and reception of U.S. popular culture (jazz/rock/pop, film, TV, youth culture, life style)
• Anti-Americanism (government initiatives, religious responses, conservative and leftist reactions, regionalism/nationalism)
Essays must be written in English and should not exceed 9,000 words. They should be accompanied by a bibliography relevant for the country or region. For further information, please consult a similar volume covering eleven European countries, which will appear with Berghahn Books in summer 2005 (see my website).
Contributors will have the opportunity to present their papers and to discuss the parameters of the book during a three day conference at the Mershon Center for the Study of International Security located at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (USA). Funding for this event, which is scheduled for November 2 – 5, 2006, has been secured. Support for travel to the conference can be made available when authors have been unsuccessful in applying for travel subsidies to their home institution, a local U.S. Embassy, or organizations like Fulbright and IREX.
Please send a 1-2 page proposal and brief CV, preferably by e-mail, before October 30, 2005 to Prof. Stephan.
Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar
Senior Fellow, Mershon Center for the Study of International Security
Ohio State University
1501 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201-2602
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