The EAS Forum for 2016-2017 is now live at http://www.theasa.net/project_eas_online/page/project_eas_online_eas_EAS_Forum/. The theme for this edition is EXHIBITING AMERICAN STUDIES. It concerns the display of things and images as American Studies work and interpretation. Read perspectives on interpretations by American Studies scholars of house museums, African-American photograph collections, and Disney theme parks. EAS Forum is an annual online publication that complements the Encyclopedia of American Studies online with essays on themes and approaches related to the mission of the encyclopedia.
EAS FORUM 6 is now live! It features discussion of “Screening American Studies” with ethnographic filmmakers of American culture William Ferris (University of North Carolina) and Sharon Sherman (University of Oregon). http://www.theasa.net/project_eas_online/page/project_eas_online_eas_EAS_Forum/
In an effort to provide researchers with an alternative source of information, the Encyclopedia of American Studies (EAS) has adopted an open access policy. Scholars and others studying American culture and society can now search the extensive database free of charge. Editor Simon Bronner also talks about the change on a recent podcast.
Check out the new EAS Forum on “Writing American Studies” with contributions by Simon Bronner, Richard P. Horwitz, Deborah Madsen, and Richard Slotkin.
Having previously featured forums on the teaching and learning of American Studies, I move discussion of the practice of American Studies to its products in the form of articles, books, and essays. Increasingly, publishers use the label “American Studies” to identify the content of publications and that raises the question of whether this label derives from the background of the writer, his or her departmental or institutional affiliation, or a distinctive rhetoric. General readers in addition to students and colleagues might recognize the subjects of American Studies inquiry to be literature, music, film, folklore, or historical events, and legitimately ask, if anything, characterizes the style and approach of writing in this inquiry as American Studies. In this forum, three prominent writers working in, as well as with, American Studies reflect on their productivity and the trends of the field apparent on the bookshelf.
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