THE 13th BIENNIAL MAPLE LEAF AND EAGLE CONFERENCE ON NORTH AMERICAN STUDIES
University of Helsinki, May 19-21, 2010
To promote dialogue on the interrelation of economics, ethics, and cultural values in American and Canadian studies, the 13th Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference Organization Committee calls for papers on the theme of
"Values and the Economy: Transforming Cultures of Canada and the United States."
Well before drafting the American Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson proclaimed that "the exercise of free trade with all parts of the world is possessed by the American colonies as of natural right." In 1882 Samuel L. Clemens filed a lawsuit to protect his pseudonym Mark Twain as a trademark. Today, the American banking system is blamed for the global economic crisis.
We welcome papers not only in American and Canadian studies but also in economics, environmental studies, diplomacy, history, literature, philosophy, political science, popular culture,and sociology—hopefully, but not necessarily, with an economic aspect to the subject.
Please submit a proposal regardless of whether your paper would deal with trans-Atlantic trade relations; with the
theme of stinginess in Margaret Atwood's works; with the capitalist ethos in Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack; with the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad; with the First Nations' conceptions of land ownership, with Native-American casino business today; with the slave trade; with the miserly behavior of Uncle Scrooge (or of Walt Disney himself); or with regulating global
The deadline for the proposals is September 30, 2009. Please email your proposal and a short CV as a simple text message (or as a word-document attachment) to Acting Conference Director Jonathan Lagerquist: jonathan.lagerquist(at)helsinki.fi
McDonnell-Douglas Professor of American Studies, Markku Henriksson; Docent Mark Shackleton (English Department); Docent Mikko Saikku (North American Studies); Acting Conference Director, Jonathan Lagerquist (Renvall Institute).
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