SHALL NOT BE DENIED: RIGHTS IN AMERICAN DISCOURSE AND CULTURE
Eastern American Studies Association (Ramapo College of New Jersey | Mahwah, NJ)
Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Review Begins: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020

CFP: SHALL NOT BE DENIED: RIGHTS IN AMERICAN DISCOURSE AND CULTURE

JOINT CONFERERENCE OF THE EASA & SOA

MARCH 27-28, 2020

RAMAPO COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY, MAHWAH, NEW JERSEY

The Eastern American Studies Association and the Society of Americanists invite proposals for presentations, panels, films, diamond presentations, and forums on “Shall Not be Denied: Rights in American Discourse and Culture” for their joint international meeting on March 27-28, 2020 at Ramapo College, located in Mahwah, New Jersey. Our conference theme references the one hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. While we are reminded this centennial year of the fight for women’s suffrage and other social movements using the concept of “rights,” we further observe that the rhetoric of rights has entered popular parlance and has been variously used through the American experience. These have included struggles over citizenship, equality, political participation, expression, cultural inclusion, and many others. The conference location calls us to reflect on the experiences of the Ramapough Lunaape who continue to demand full civil rights, recognition, and sovereignty.

While the conference theme is central to discussion at the meeting, the conference is open to papers and panels on any topic of American Studies, including those which do not fit under the conference theme.

Submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, academics, and independent scholars from all disciplines are welcomed. In keeping with our tradition of supporting undergraduate research and scholarship, we especially invite undergraduate students to submit proposals for our Undergraduate Roundtables.

The keynote speaker will be Chief Vincent Mann, Turtle Clan Chief of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation.

More information about the conference, location, and registration can be found at our website: https://sites.google.com/view/easasoa2020/.

Submission Guidelines:

  • For Individual Presenters: Submit a short abstract (no more than 200 words) and a brief CV or resume (no more than two pages). Place your name and email address on both documents.

  • For Pre-formed Panels: Submit a cover sheet with the title of the panel, the names of each participant, and the titles of their presentations. Include a short abstract of each paper (no more than 200 words each) as well as a brief CV or resume for each panel participant (no longer than two pages).

  • Proposals may be submitted to EASASOA2020@gmail.com between December 15, 2019—January 15, 2020.

Undergraduate Roundtable:

  • Undergraduate students or faculty members interested in having their undergraduate students present research at the conference should contact Dr. Brant Ellsworth of Central Penn College (brantellsworth@centralpenn.edu) for details. Undergraduate Roundtable proposals may be submitted to EASASOA2020@gmail.com between February 1—March 7, 2020.

Awards:

  • Graduate students whose proposals are accepted will be encouraged to submit their final papers electronically to Dr. Brant Ellsworth of Central Penn College (brantellsworth@centralpenn.edu) before February 29, 2020 to be considered for the Simon J. Bronner Award for the outstanding graduate paper in American Studies.

  • Undergraduate students who participate in the Undergraduate Roundtable will compete for the Francis Ryan Award, awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate paper in American Studies. Accepted students should submit their papers electronically by March 14, 2020 to be considered. Submit papers to Dr. Brant Ellsworth (brantellsworth@centralpenn.edu).

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