There is no overarching theme for the conference, which is a forum for research papers on any subject relating to the United States of America and to early America. Paper and panel proposals on any topic within American Studies, broadly defined, are welcome. The conference will feature papers across a wide range of disciplines, including history, literary studies, political science, cultural studies, film and media studies, and visual culture and art history, among others.
Edinburgh is among the finest cities in Europe. Its Old Town and New Town are a World Heritage Site, and its cultural and historical riches include the castle, museums, and five galleries. The city's physical setting is notable for its beauty. An example of this beauty is the conference's location, which is next to Arthur's Seat and Holyrood Park. For further information about Edinburgh, please see www.ed.ac.uk/explore/city.
Proposals for 20-minute papers should be a maximum of 250 words and should include a provisional title. These will be arranged into panel groups. We also invite proposals for panels and roundtable discussions, involving two or more people and sharing a common theme. The conference will include papers from people across the spectrum of the research community, from postgraduates to senior scholars.
Proposals for BAAS 2008 at the University of Edinburgh should be submitted by 15 October 2007 at the latest, preferably by e-mail attachment to:
Dr Robert Mason
BAAS Conference Secretary
School of History and Classics
University of Edinburgh
50 George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9JY
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