The American Studies Association’s Committee on Programs and Centers invites proposals for its session “Revising and Developing American Studies Curricula/Programs in the Twenty First Century” to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 15-18.
This session seeks to generate a dialogue relating to the development and revision of American Studies at a variety of different institutions. American Studies programs are facing a number of challenges as universities have been reconfiguring various departmental/programmatic structures and in many cases eliminating some of them. Furthermore, notable shifts in Americanist scholarship, in the last decades, such as the global/transnational/hemispheric turn have transformed curricula as well as the organization of programs/departments. As a field, American Studies has undergone structural changes in relationship to disciplinary formations that are themselves redeveloping, including history, literature, politics, anthropology, as well as cultural, media performance, race, gender, and sexuality studies.
The panel will address a number of significant questions, for example: 1) How have the different inter-related reconfigurations at different institutional, scholarly and curricular level enabled the development and revision of American Studies programs, curricula, degrees? 2) What innovations, ideas, strategies have been most productive? 3) What specific challenges does the field face as it deals with, among others, questions of inter/disciplinarity, curricular locus, pedagogy, funding, administrative restructuring, institutional resources? We are interested in proposals that help to make sense of both the intellectual and administrative work of program development in a broader current institutional and political context. Comparative and global approaches are encouraged. Please send a one page cv and a brief abstract of no more than 200 words to Sarika Chandra (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 15, 2012.
Wayne State University
Department of English
Detroit, MI 48067 Email: email@example.com
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