CFP for ASA 2010: Critical Keywords for Early American Studies: Roundtable and Discussion
Deadline: January 10, 2010
In light of ASA 2010’s theme "Crisis, Chains, and Change: American Studies for the 21st Century," this roundtable seeks to renew early American studies by examining the critical keywords that will guide our work in near and distant futures. Since the publication of Raymond Williams’ Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, scholars have adapted this approach to define and redefine fields of investigation through meta-critical analysis. This process has both been brought “home” to American Studies scholarship and reinvigorated by the publication of the recent collection Keywords for American Cultural Studies edited by Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler. This collection has renewed dialogues and debates about the state of the field on questions of subject matter, methodology, pedagogy, research, the university and the disciplines. Our panel seeks to add a new link to this chain of inquiry by focusing on early American studies.
What keywords define early American studies today? What concerns and key terms do early American studies share with broader American studies, and what must we consider in particular as early Americanists? Do the keywords of the ASA’s call for papers – Crisis, Chains, and Change – have meanings specific to early American studies? What other terms are keys to our understanding of the field? We seek proposals built around keywords that will help frame a discussion on the state of the field of early American studies.
Please send proposed keyword (one per commentary), 250-word abstract and brief CV to Emily García and Duncan Faherty via email@example.com. We welcome proposals from research librarians, curators, public intellectuals and scholars at various stages of their academic careers, including graduate students. Deadline is Sunday, January 10, 2010.
For more information, email Duncan Faherty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emily García (email@example.com).
For examples of keywords, see the Website for Keywords for American Cultural Studies (http://depts.washington.edu/keywords/) and the ASA 2010 CFP (http://www.theasa.net/annual_meeting/page/submitting_a_proposal/).
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