DARTMOUTH COLLEGE ANNOUNCES A ONE WEEK SUMMER INSTITUTE
STATES OF AMERICAN STUDIES
MONDAY, JUNE 20 - SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011
DIRECTOR: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)
CO-DIRECTORS: Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth College), Elizabeth Dillon (Northeastern
University), J. Martin Favor (Dartmouth College), Winfried Fluck (Freie Universitat,
Berlin), Eric W. Lott (University of Virginia)
Aimee Bahng (Dartmouth College), Rebecca Biron (Dartmouth College), Barrymore
Anthony Bogues (Brown University), Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds), Russ
Castronovo (University of Wisconsin), Eric Cheyfitz (Cornell University), Tim
Dean (State University of New York at Buffalo), Soyica Diggs Colbert (Dartmouth
College), Brian Edwards (Northwestern University), Jonathan Elmer (Indiana University),
Danuta Fjellestad (Uppsala University), Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State University),
Nancy Fraser (New School), Cristina Giorcelli (University of Rome, III), Gordon
Hutner (University of Illinois at Urbana), Donatella Izzo (Universita degli studi
di Napoli "L'Orientale,"), Cindi Katz (City University of New York), Liam Kennedy
(University College, Dublin), Kun Jong Lee (Korea University), Eng-Beng Lim (Brown
University), Walter Benn Michaels (University of Illinois at Chicago Circle),
Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky), Daniel T. O'Hara (Temple University), Dylan
Rodriguez (University of California at Riverside), John Carlos Rowe (University
of Southern California), Ramon Soto Crespo (State University of New York at Buffalo),
Jordan Stein (University of Colorado), Robyn Wiegman (Duke University)
The fifteenth year of the Institute is the second of a four-year focus on "State(s)
of American Studies." The term "state(s)" in the title is intended to refer at
once to the "state" as an object of analysis, to the state as an imagined addressee
and interlocutor for Americanist scholarship, as well as to the reconfigured state(s)
of the fields and areas of inquiry in American Studies both inside and outside
the United States. As such, we are inviting both scholars well known as "Americanists"
internationally and those whose theoretical frameworks, objects of study, and
disciplinary inclinations promise to transform the field's self-understanding.
The Institute is divided into plenary sessions that feature current work from
Institute faculty (listed above) and research seminars in which all participants
present and discuss their own work-in-progress. Speakers in the plenary sessions
will examine the relation between emergent and residual practices in the field
of American Studies from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. The Institute
welcomes participants who are involved in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary
fields and who are interested in current critical debates in American Studies.
The Institute was designed to provide a shared space of critical inquiry that
brings the participants' work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential
scholars. Over the past ten years, plenary speakers have recommended participants'
work to the leading journals and university presses within the field of American
Studies, and have provided participants with recommendations and support in an
increasingly competitive job market.
RESPONSES TO THE INSTITUTE:
"The intense academic experience of the Futures Institute has been immensely valuable
for my development as a scholar. A wide variety of lectures has given me a glimpse
of the freshest thinking being done in the field of American Studies, and a chance
to meet and talk with leading scholars whom I might have seen only from afar at
larger conferences. Stimulating seminar discussions have challenged me to become
a more responsive colleague and to situate my own work more effectively in an
ongoing critical conversation. I feel confident that I'll carry my network of
friends, mentors, and intellectual fellow travelers well beyond those summer days
"At the Futures of American Studies Institute, Donald Pease and Elizabeth Dillon
have created a space of intellectual vitality that is absolutely unparalleled.
The plenary lectures, given by internationally renowned figures in the field American
studies, were a continual source of energy and inspiration. Yet what was truly
remarkable about this Institute was the sense in which it was more than simply
a collection of brilliant individuals. Through a seminar structure that actively
engages participants and plenary speakers alike, the Institute invites each participant
into the discussion of the state of American studies, insisting that each participant
share the work they hope to contribute to the futures of this field. The result
is the building of a community that is supportive yet challenging, in which each
person is invested in helping others rethink their ideas in exciting new ways.
This community has given me a completely new and valuable outlook on the work
I do, and upon the ways this work intersects with the larger field of American
studies. It was one of the best educational experiences I've ever had, and I only
hope I can continue to be a part of the community this Institute has fostered
in the years to come."
" "The combination of intensive workshops devoted to each participant's work in
progress, a dizzying array of fantastic plenary speakers, and the general atmosphere
of intellectual fecundity that pervades the Institute sets it apart from all
other academic gatherings, providing a serious workspace for critical discussion
and exploration that is far greater than the sum of its parts. For all of its
strengths, the single greatest virtue of the Futures Institute is its capacity
to produce in every one of its participants an experience of intellectual euphoria
that ultimately manifests itself as a kind of productive exhaustion."
-- Brian Thill, Futures Participant
"The Futures of American Studies Institute is one of the most vibrant and challenging
intellectual spaces for critical thinking in the American Academy. Bringing together
scholars from many different countries it facilities conversations and sharp exchanges
between them through a series of plenary lectures and debates. For the graduate
student, the Institute is a place where one can, in a non - competitive atmosphere,
get feedback both from peers and leading scholars in different fields. I cannot
think of a better place to spend a week in intense intellectual conversation."
- Anthony Bogues, Futures Faculty
FEE: The fee for the Institute (covering registration, housing, and seminars)
is $695.00. The fee to attend only the Institute plenary sessions is $500.
APPLICATIONS: Applications for the 2011 Institute will be accepted until all
slots have been filled, but applications received by May 31, 2011 will be granted
priority. Applicants should send a brief description of their own projects (no
more than 1 page) along with a current CV, a writing sample (10-15 pages) and
a $10 application fee (please make checks payable to "Dartmouth College").
Applications should be mailed to:
The Futures of American Studies Institute
116 Wentworth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755.
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