CALL FOR PAPERS
War and American Identity
Friday 20 – Saturday 21, March 2009
Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland
Plenary speakers include:
Professor Lloyd Gardner, Department of History, Rutgers University
Professor Marilyn Young, Department of History, New York University
Professor Scott Lucas, American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham
Professor Liam Kennedy, the Clinton Institute, UCD
Professor Robert Brigham, Vassar College
Professor Michaela Hoenicke Moore, Iowa University
US identity is a highly contested subject. This conference seeks to explore the relationship between war and identity through a range of disciplines to examine the disparate constructions of the United States during and after pivotal wars from the 19th to 21st centuries. Participants will examine the dominant sites of identity formation and contestation within the United States, analyse its projection and crucially consider identity formation at the so-called periphery. It will for example deal with the construction of the traditional meta-narrative of US diplomacy and war aims, with the discourses both domestic and foreign on US identity, with the literature and archives associated with 'victory culture' and more recently, with the 'culture of defeat' by way of example. All ideas are welcome for consideration.
Participants are encouraged to focus on a particular aspect within the parameters of the conference and where possible to decentre traditional approaches to the subject. Where possible papers should engage a range of methodologies that transcend traditional disciplines and participants from American Studies departments will be encouraged to operate in the post-nationalist context.
¬¬¬For further information, visit: http://www.ucd.ie/amerstud/ResearchProjects/war_and_american_identity.htm
Please email single paper and panel proposals to Dr. David Ryan, (firstname.lastname@example.org) giving your name, contact details, academic affiliation, a 200-300 word abstract, and brief biographical statement.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 January 2009
(Early proposals are welcome and will receive a response before the deadline)
For queries or further information contact:
Dr. David Ryan email@example.com
Tel:+353 1 7161560
Clinton Institute for American Studies
Belfield House, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Department of History
University College Cork
Phone +353 21 490 2183
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