A conference hosted by the Department of American Studies at the University of Sussex.
5th September, 2008.
Sixty years on, 1948 stands out as a year of significant shifts in American politics, society and culture. The year saw changes in party politics, foreign policy, art, literature and popular culture which would all have long-lasting consequences over the years and decades to come. This conference shall re-examine these realignments and explore their continuing relevance in later years, whether 1968, or 2008. It will have an interdisciplinary approach, and we hope to put together a series of panels addressing a range of subjects including:
- The presidential election of 1948.
- The events of the early Cold War, and their impact on American life.
- American responses to the birth of Israel.
- The early civil rights movement and its opponents.
- The developing artistic and literary movements in America.
- Popular culture and the rise of television.
We invite scholars of any discipline, whose research coincides with this period or these themes, to submit proposals for papers. Proposals should address the question of how – and whether – 1948 can be considered a significant year or turning point in American history.
Following the panels, the conference will be concluded with a keynote address by Professor David Garrow of Cambridge University.
Please send proposals of no more than 300 words, including a brief biography, to Zoe Hyman at firstname.lastname@example.org and Roger Johnson at email@example.com.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 23rd July, 2008.
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