Friday, June 10, 2022 - 12:00am to Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 11:45pm

The Body in American Culture and Society

June 10-11 | Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA

Call for Proposals

Deadline for Submissions: March 13, 2022

The New England American Studies Association (NEASA) invites proposals for our 2022 conference “The Body in American Culture and Society.” The theme speaks to the present,  amid a pandemic that threatens and has forced physical isolation to all bodies, even as it replicates contemporary and historical inequities along lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability status. It also speaks to past embodied experiences, and to the future, encouraging us to imagine new ways of living and being. Topics addressed may include, but are not limited to:

  • Body and antibody in pandemic and medicine

  • Representation and marginalization of bodies

  • Race and racial manifestations of how bodies are represented and regulated

  • Political and cultural resistance to control of bodies

  • The body and the self

  • Individual rights and the body

  • Disability and ability

  • (In)visibility

  • Body politic and the politics of the body

  • Student body

  • Bodies of work

  • Immigrant bodies

  • The global human body and existence

NEASA welcomes proposals for individual papers or full panels, as well as creative and participatory presentations. It also welcomes papers outside of the conference theme.

NEASA will be awarding prizes for the year’s best presentation by a graduate student or non-tenure track scholar (Mary Kelley Prize) and by an undergraduate presenter (Lisa McFarlane Prize). The Lois P. Rudnick prize for the best academic book in American Studies written by a New England scholar or about New England in 2020-21 will also be awarded.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due by March 13, 2022. Submit proposal here.

***Please Note: Vaccination and masks will be required of all presenters and attendees.***

Questions about the conference and the submission process can be sent to the NEASA Conference Committee at

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