CfP Austria’s Young Americanists Grad-Student Workshop 2016

Call for Papers
Austria’s Young Americanists Grad-Student Workshop 2016
“Time, Space, and the Location of American Studies”
University of Graz, Austria
March 18-19, 2016
Guest Professor: Dr. Benjamin Fagan

In this workshop, we will explore some of the ways in which the spatial and temporal turns in American Studies scholarship overlap and complement one another. The past dozen years or so have witnessed a decisive move towards exploring the importance of space in the construction of American identities and cultures, much of which has been inspired and developed by the concurrent focus on transnationalism. More recently, scholars have begun to emphasize and analyze the ways in which conceptions of time, and especially periodization, shape not only the subjects we study but also the field of American Studies at large.

Joining us this year for the workshop is Dr. Benjamin Fagan. He is Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University, where he teaches courses in early African American literature. In the spring of 2016 he will be the Fulbright Visiting Professor in American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria.

Dr. Fagan’s work has appeared in journals such as African American Review, American Periodicals, and Legacy, and he has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. His first book, The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation, shows how antebellum African Americans used the newspaper as a means for translating their belief in black chosenness into plans and programs for black liberation, and will be published in 2016 by the University of Georgia Press.

We invite paper proposals of up to 250 words from advanced MA students and PhD students with an additional short scholarly biography. This will be an ideal opportunity to present your research in the field of American Studies (topics 7 regarding spatial and temporal turns in American Studies would be appreciated but are not a requirement). Please send your abstracts to Alexandra Hauke and Silke Jandl by February 22, 2016.

As we plan to organize and bear the costs for one overnight stay (March 18-19, most likely in double rooms near the workshop venue), please also include a short statement if you would like to be considered for this offer.

Please keep in mind that the time allowance for presentations is 15 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. The number of workshop participants is limited; therefore, those participating may suggest a pre-reading (one article, a chapter of a book, or extracts from other media) to ensure the informed discussion of their paper. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the end of February.

We look forward to your submissions!

Tobias Auböck, Alexandra Hauke, Silke Jandl, Yvonne Kaisinger, Armin Lippitz
Austria’s Young Americanists