We welcome applications for the sixth Spring Academy which will take place at Heidelberg University from March 30 to April 4, 2009. The annual Spring Academy is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). A group of twenty Ph.D. students will be given the opportunity to present und discuss their Ph.D. projects; experts in different fields of American Studies will comment on the presented thesis papers and will offer workshops on various topics. Further conference details are available at www.springacademy.de.
We encourage applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences and pursue an interdisciplinary approach. Papers can be presented on any subject relating to the study of the United States of America. Previous Spring Academies included panels on
• Constructing Image of Democracy,
• (De)Constructing Race,
• African American Visual Culture and Literature,
• Ethnic Identities,
• American Society and Public Opinion,
• U.S. Legal Regulations, Trade and Politics,
• U.S. and the Far East,
• Atlantic Crossings
as well as several panels on gender, religion, popular culture and sports, and various aspects of American history in general.
For the 2009 Spring Academy, panels are still being put together to cover all the conference’s various research areas.
We are especially, but not exclusively, interested in papers completing the panels on:
- Early Colonial History
- Consumer History
- New Social Movements: e.g. Civil and Homosexual Rights Movement; New Left.
- Immigration, Integration and Separation
Topics not mentioned here are also welcome for consideration.
Participants are requested to prepare a 20-minute presentation of their research project, which will be followed by a 40-minute discussion. Presentations will be arranged thematically in ten panel groups.
Accommodation costs will be covered by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: December 15, 2008.
(Synopsis of Ph.D. thesis not longer than 700 words)
SELECTIONS WILL BE MADE BY:
January 16, 2009.
PLEASE USE THE ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM AT: www.springacademy.uni-hd.de
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE: www.springacademy.de.
FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS, WRITE TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA)
Phone: +49 62 21 - 54 38 81
Fax: + 49 6221 54 37 19
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