Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference
University of Sydney
4-7th July 2008
The Department of History at the University of Sydney is delighted to announce that it is hosting the Australia and New Zealand Association for American Studies Conference in 2008. ANZASA brings together scholars from Australia and New Zealand with colleagues who specialise in American Studies from around the world for a major conference held every two years.
Proposals for panels and individual (20-minute) papers are now invited. We welcome proposals from across the broad spectrum of American Studies topics. We also plan special themed sessions on the research areas of each of our keynote speakers. Panels and papers addressing those topics are particularly welcome. At present, our confirmed keynote speakers are:
Professor of History at Yale University. He is best known for his book Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940 (Basic, 1994), which won the Organization of American Historians' Merle Curti Prize for the best book in social history and Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for the best first book in history, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Lambda Literary Award. He is also the author of Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today's Debate over Gay Equality (Basic,
2004), and was the organizer and lead author of the Historians' Amicus Brief in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which was cited extensively in the Supreme Court's landmark decision overturning American sodomy laws. He is currently nearing completion of the sequel to Gay New York, to be titled, The Strange
Career of the Closet: Gay Culture, Consciousness, and Politics from the Second World War to the Gay Liberation Era.
Department Chair and Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. Professor Douglas has written many books including The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it has Undermined Women (with Meredith Michaels), Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media; Inventing American Broadcasting; and Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, which won the 2000 Sally
Hacker Popular Book Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. Her column “Back Talk” appears in In These Times every month.
Edward W. Kane Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, is best known for her study of the culture of American imperialism. She is author of The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture (Harvard University Press, 2002) and co-editor (with Donald Pease) of Cultures of U.S. Imperialism (Duke University Press, 1993). In 2003 she was elected President of the American Studies Association. Recently she has been writing
about the contemporary politics and culture, including “Where is
Guantánamo?” (2005); “Violent Belongings and the Question of Empire Today” (2003); “Homeland Insecurities: Transformations of Language and Space” (2003), and op-eds on Iraq and Guantanamo in the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune. She is currently working on a related project: In the Name of Homeland Security.
Scientia Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Best known for his studies of the history of women and temperance in the United States, his most recent books are True Gardens of the Gods: Californian-Australian Environmental Reform, 1860-1930 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999); Deadly Enemies: Tobacco and its Opponents in
Australia (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 1999); and
Historians in Public: American Historical Practice, 1890-1970 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005). A fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, he was awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal in 2003, and appointed a Scientia Professor in 2007. He is presently engagedon an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2005-08) on AmericanCultural Expansion and American Empire, covering the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Proposals for full panels are preferred, but individual paper proposals are also most welcome. Panel proposals should include a panel title, 200-word abstracts of three papers and a brief CV for each person delivering a paper. Individual proposals should include an abstract and brief CV. Postgraduate students, as well as more senior scholars, are warmly encouraged to submit
proposals by 30 November 2007.
Information on registration will be available shortly; full and concession rates will be available. The Conference will be at the Women’s College, University of Sydney, where there is also catered accommodation for a limited number of conference delegates. Discounted rates at several local hotels will also be available; participants should make bookings directly with the hotels.
Deadline for proposals: November 30, 2007. Early submission is welcome.
Please send your abstracts via email to one of the conference convenors:
Frances Clarke: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Corbould: email@example.com
Michael McDonnell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Robertson: email@example.com
Or send to:
Department of History, SOPHI (A14)
University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia
Ph. 02 9351 6733 Within Australia | 61 02 9351 6733 International
Fax + 61 (0)2 9351 3918
Beautiful Sydney serves as the host for the 2008 Australia and New Zealand American Studies Conference that marks the 44th year of ANZASA. Gloriously situated on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, Sydney is the leading city in New South Wales, and the largest in Australia. It possesses a wealth of stunning natural and heritage sites including the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and extensive collections of early examples of Australian art and architecture, along with stunning bush walks around the
city and in the numerous nearby National Parks, including the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. For those who might wish to stay beyond the period of the conference, Sydney is the perfect base from which many short as well as national trips can be undertaken to Australia’s other major tourist attractions. Sydney’s winter climate is temperate with high temperatures in July averaging around 18 degrees celsius, with lows of 9 to
12 degrees celsius. For more information about the city, see:
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