Call for Submissions -- Panel Proposal for ASA
American Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 5-8, 2009
The Life and Work of Studs Terkel: the ďVoice of AmericaĒ?
Until his death earlier this year, Studs Terkel spent most of his ninety-six years witnessing, commenting on, or writing about American history, politics, and culture. President Bill Clinton termed Terkel ďAmericaís oral historian,Ē and he has often been introduced as the ďvoice of America,Ē and as ďone of the nationís finest historians.Ē This panel explores the legacy of Studs Terkel as an oral historian, radio personality, and pioneer in television. Questions to consider may include: How has Terkel impacted the various fields of cultural production in which he has participated? How does Terkelís work cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge traditional conceptions of memory, history, oral history? How is power enacted in and through Terkelís works? in and through the critical acceptance (or lack thereof) of Terkelís works? In keeping with this yearís conference theme, how is Terkelís work or life engaged in the practice of constructing citizenship or creating a sense of belonging? Are Terkelís works and methodologies inherently politicalódo they reflect, encourage, or create sites of activism?
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
--Terkelís oral histories, memoirs, radio broadcasts, unpublished manuscripts, or television programs
--adaptations of Terkelís work for theatrical performance
--intersections between Terkelís work and several academic disciplines (history, oral history, public memory, literature, etc.)
--Terkelís examination of race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, age
--the impact of Terkelís work on the field of oral history
--Terkelís career as a public intellectual and popular historian
For consideration, please send a 250-500 word abstract, a current CV and any inquiries to Andi Gustavson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 20, 2008.
If you are interested in chairing or commenting on this panel, please email email@example.com.
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