CONF, CfP British Association of American Studies(BAAS) Conference “Head West”. University of Exeter, UK. 18.-21.4.2013. Deadline: 1.11.2012

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“Head West”
British Association for American Studies 58th Annual Conference

A 4-day conference to be held at the University of Exeter, 18-21 April 2013

We are delighted to announce that three plenary speakers have already been confirmed:

  • Paul Gilroy, Anthony Giddens Professor of Social Theory at the London School of Economics
  • Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism and American Studies at Yale University
  • Anders Stephanson, Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of History at Columbia University

The conference will begin after lunch on Thursday 18th April and will close after lunch on Sunday 21st April.

American Studies at Exeter
American Studies has a long-standing presence at the University of Exeter. The research interests of staff include transatlantic literary relations, American criminality, film noir, the literature of the suburbs, the Hollywood blockbuster, US immigration, Seattle in the 1990s, the American musical, the culture of the American South, Irish American identities and literature, childhood in America, the Ku Klux Klan, and contemporary American comics. The University holds several major resources that are of interest to American Studies scholars, notably the American Music Collection (one of the largest archives of American popular music outside the United States) and the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture.

Exeter is located 12 miles from the sea, in the county of Devon, home to several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmoor National Park and the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

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Call For Papers
There is no overarching theme to the conference, and papers and panel proposals are welcomed on any subject that falls under the remit of American Studies. We invite proposals from individuals and from other interest groups including associations linked to BAAS, such as the APG, BGEAH, BrANCH, and HOTCUS. Half a century after 1963, we invite proposals inspired by the events of that year and the tumultuous decade that followed. 2013 also represents the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and we welcome suggestions for related papers and panels.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should be a maximum of 250 words and include a provisional title. Proposals by two or more people sharing a common theme are warmly invited and we welcome panels that cross disciplinary boundaries. The conference organisers hope to continue the initiative shown at previous BAAS Annual Conferences by scheduling roundtable discussions and innovative panel presentations, and we encourage such proposals as appropriate.

All proposals should be submitted to baas2013@exeter.ac.uk by 1 November 2012.

Further Information
Conference Flyer
Gala Dinner Menu

Registration Details
Registration Form will be available soon
Online booking will be available soon

Venues & Accommodation
For further information, please contact the conference organisers