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International Committee

The association shall have as one of its standing committees the International Committee. The International Committee shall have as its function to keep the Council and the association’s membership informed of the issues affecting international scholars and students in the profession and shall have responsibility for special tasks involving international scholars and students in the membership. The International Committee shall be composed of ten members of the association, one of whom shall be the international member of the Council. The nine non-Council members shall be named by the Executive Committee with the approval of the Council, following an open call to the membership for self-nominations and suggestions. Each of these nine members shall serve three-year, non-renewable, staggered terms. Five of these members shall come from, and represent the interests of, the five separate regions of the world. The chair of the International Committee shall be named from the committee’s membership by the Executive Committee with the approval of the Council and shall serve a single term not to exceed three years.


Chair: Udo Hebel, University of Regensburg, Germany (2016)
Rashida K. Braggs, Williams College (2016)
John Dean, University of Versailles, France (2016)
Robert McKee Irwin, University of California, Davis (2017)
Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico (2017)
Scott Morgensen, Queen’s College, Canada (2016)
Wilfried Raussert, University of Bielefeld (Germany) (2018)
Jennifer Reimer, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (2018)
Oliver Scheiding, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Germany (2017)
Bryce Traister, Western University, Canada (2017)
Councilor: Laura Briggs,ex officio, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2017)
Councilor: Hsinya Huang, ex officio, National Sun Yat-sen University Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2017)

A list of former members of the ASA International Committee can be found here

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[CIES Fulbright] Opportunities in American Studies

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, independent scholars and many others.

This year, the Fulbright Scholar Program is offering over 65 awards in the field of American Studies and American History. Opportunities include:

For further awards in the field of American Studies, American History and American Literature, please visit our updated Opportunities in American Studies webpage. There you will find award highlights and examples of successful projects in the discipline, and scholar testimonials which highlight the outcomes and benefits associated with completing a Fulbright Scholar grant.

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow this link: http://cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program. You may also wish to register for one of our webinars or join our online community, My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2016. Please contact Bill McShane at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for additional information.

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CFP: 2016 CAAS Conference

Homeland Insecurities
Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for American Studies

October 21-23, 2016 / Fredericton, New Brunswick

Neoliberalism has ushered in new forms of global insecurity, which instill in American citizens the desire for enforced security.  Through tightened border controls, antiterrorism laws, the expansion of the prison system, the war on drugs, and other measures, the U.S. government both provokes and assuages American insecurities about imagined and real terrors, both foreign and domestic.  Often, these measures erode welfare institutions that actually provide a degree of safety against economic and social uncertainty, thereby perpetuating a vicious cycle intrinsic to neoliberalism’s creative destruction.

What are the origins of the insecurity state, and how has it shaped American culture?  More broadly, what does it mean to imagine the United States as a secure homeland?  Can non-indigenous Americans ever feel at home in North America without inventing abject social categories meant to contain their insecurities?

The 2016 CAAS conference invites proposals for papers on the topic of Homeland Insecurities.  We welcome approaches to this theme from all disciplines, fields, and historical periods.  Papers on other topics relevant to American Studies will also be considered.

To participate, submit abstracts of 300-words to the conference organizers, Stephen Schryer (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Jennifer Andrews (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), by March 31, 2016.  Please include a brief bio.  Panel submissions will also be considered.

Topics and themes might include but are not limited to:

  • Border Insecurity
  • The Prison Industrial Complex
  • Crime and Poverty
  • Capital Punishment
  • The War on Terror
  • The War on Drugs
  • Nuclear Insecurity
  • Environmental Insecurity
  • Social Security
  • Post 9/11 Narratives
  • The Rise and Fall of the Middle Class
  • Conspiracy Theory
  • The Welfare / Warfare / Prison State
  • Espionage
  • Insecure Communications
  • Insecure Spaces

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CFP: XIII International SAAS Conference

XIII International Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS) Conference
“Understanding (Human) Nature”
University of Extremadura, Cáceres
Department of English
April 5-7, 2017

How can we define (human) Nature? What is implied in being human? What is a human? What have human beings done to/with/against Nature? These nagging questions hve been at the core of philosophy and science since antiquity, never finding a definitive answer. In the American context, the Human / Nature seem to be a work in progress in need of constant redefinition each time a new discovery is made, a new boundary is broken. Likewise, the Western world seems at present haunted by the animal question, a question that goes on a par with the definition of what is like to be a human. Historically, women, slaves, peoples of color, the mentally unbalanced, and the disabled were deprived of their human status. The twentieth century marked by the horrors of two world wars led philosophers to the question of the human with a heightened intensity. Heidegger, Lévinas, Derrida, Agamben have been fundamental in working towards a redefinition of the human , and such was the extent towards which this debate increased that in 1966 Michel Foucault proclaimed the end of Man in The Order of Things: An Archaelogy of the Human Sciences, prompting the beginning of the posthuman turn. But does Nature still exist, after Emerson’s romantic analysis, and after classic images of America as an open and wild space?

In the midst of all these changes, American literature, art, history and culture have revealed their power to continue studying and evaluating (Human) Nature.

Given the breadth of the topic in question, we welcome papers that approach the question of (human) Nature from multiple theoretical and critical frameworks, within American Studies. Proposals for 20-minute papers can address (but are not limited to) any of the areas and topics listed below:

  • Discourse and gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, disability, class and/or species
  • Literature and the consequences of the Anthropocene: climate change, species extinction, overpopulation, waste…
  • A chronology of the human: from the homo sapiens to the homo ecologicus and the homo digitalis
  • Rethinking the human in fantasy, science fiction and/or speculative fiction
  • Rethinking the human in film, television, comic books and graphic novels
  • The new others: alien, cyborgs, monsters, “freaks,” superheroes, and machines
  • From cogito ergo sum to the embodied mind and the new discourses on matter
  • Questioning logocentrism
  • (Re)defining and (re)negotiating the humanities after the death of Man
  • Rethinking and rewriting Nature/Landscape/Environment in American ethnic literatures and studies
  • The (re)presentation and (re)articulation of Nature in American Studies
  • Sense of place/belonging
  • The American sublime
  • From environmental crisis to devastation
  • The greening of American Studies

The conference languages will be English and Spanish.

Proposals for panels should be sent to Rodrigo Andrés (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and/or Viorica Patea (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) before April 1, 2016, using one of these forms:

Panel Proposal-PDF
Panel proposal-MS Word

More information about the Conference at http://www.saasweb.org

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CFP: Biennial EAAS Conference, 22-25 April, 2016, Constanta, Romania

Proposals in all areas of American Studies are now cordially invited for the 2016 European Association for American Studies (EAAS) conference! The biennial EAAS conference will take place from 22 to 25 April 2016 in the lovely coastal town of Constanta, Romania.

Download the 2016 EAAS Call for Proposals (pdf version) here. The Call may also be found at the conference website and proposals may be submitted at any time between now and 15 June 2015 via the easy-to-use online form at http://www.enl.auth.gr/abstracts/index.html.

With this open-call for proposals the 2016 EAAS conference creates the context for wide-ranging explorations of our subject landscape without limiting the opportunity for in-depth concentration and innovative co-operations. Your EAAS colleagues trust that the invitation to join our meeting in 2016 will inspire you to submit a proposal and to take part in this important biennial meeting. We look forward to seeing you in Constanta.

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International Partnership Luncheon

Please join us for the annual International Partnership Luncheon at this year’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm, in the Lakeview Bistro at the Westin Bonaventure. Come have lunch with us and discover the International Initiative, which will enable you and your university to effectively connect with international scholars and institutions abroad. For reservations, click here.

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