A Special Relationship? Critical Explorations after 200 years of Peace
A conference Sponsored by the Humanities Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa
Nov. 7-9, 2013,
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The War of 1812, sometimes known as the Anglo-American War, ran from 1812-1815, and was the last time the United States and United Kingdom found themselves on opposite sides in combat. Two hundred years after that war, the USF Humanities Institute marks the “special relationship” between the two nations, through an interdisciplinary celebration, reflection, and critical exploration of all aspects of that relationship. There will be a particular emphasis on historical and cultural ties, but politics, economics, and other issues will be addressed.
Conference sessions will not be simply “an American talking about Britain,” or vice versa. Rather, the focus will be on exploring the nature of the relationship itself. Is it real? How is it expressed? Can it (should it) survive in an increasingly globalized world?
Proposals are invited that address any aspect of the conference theme, and might include issues related to (among others): Popular culture; music; history; sport; race/ethnicity; gender; globalization; population demographics; security; politics; the US/UK relationship in Florida.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Kathleen Burk, Professor Emerita of History, University College, London, author of Old World, New World: The Story of Britain and America. London: Little, Brown, 2007.
Caryl Phillips, Professor of English, Yale University; playwright, novelist, and essayist.
Additional invited speakers will be featured. We now invite contributions from scholars and artists from across the disciplines, and addressing any period in history. We hope to develop an edited volume drawn from conference presentations. To be considered, please email:
A title and 250-word abstract to: Dr. Elizabeth Bird: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Proposals for one-hour sessions, roundtables, or other formats are also encouraged
• Deadline: May 15, 2013
• Decision notification: No later than July 1, 2013. Upon acceptance, a conference fee of $50 will be required.
Further information will soon be on the website of the USF Humanities Institute: http://humanities-institute.usf.edu/
S. Elizabeth Bird, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair: Department of Anthropology
Director: USF Humanities Institute
SOC 107, University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: 813 974 0802
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