2012 BIENNIAL EAAS CONFERENCE
30 March - 2 April, Ýzmir, Turkey
The Health of the Nation
CFP: Workshop: The Arts and the Health of the Nation
We invite paper proposals for this workshop which is part of the European Association of American Studies Biennial Conference "The Health of the Nation" in spring 2012.
The Arts have long been considered a vital indicator of and outlet for the health of the nation, particularly during times of crisis at home and abroad. This workshop considers the significant role of the arts and American culture during times of trouble in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Focusing on how cultural industries, the state, and individual artists have sought to use the arts to educate, interpret, and entertain, we look to examine the arts as they contribute to not only the health, but also the healing of the American nation.
We particularly encourage proposals on the following topics:
• The 1930s Federal Arts Projects of the Works Progress Administration;
• The role of culture and the arts in American wars at home and abroad;
• Contemporary debates on the function of American arts and culture;
• The relationship between the state and the development of American art, including the ongoing threat to defund programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Proposals should be sent to both workshop chairs. For further information about the conference "The Health of the Nation," see http://www.eaas.eu/conferences/information-izmir-2012/call-for-papers-2012
Kate Dossett, School of History, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
Keveryn Barr, Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
New York University.
New York City
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