10.11.2003

"Globalization is/in America"
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Thursday, April 29, 2004


This interdisciplinary graduate student conference examines the terms
"globalization" and "America" as they have been problematized in recent
cultural and literary criticism. We are interested in papers that pay
particular attention to the internationalization of what heretofore has
been known as "American Studies." Broadly speaking, papers for
"Globalization is/in America" should consider how the idea of the nation
and the nation-state structures cultural imaginaries, individual and group
identities, and disciplinary boundaries.

"Globalization is/in America" takes up the following questions: What is at
stake in a movement toward a post- or transnational approach to literary,
cultural, historical, and sociological study? How are nations constituted
or contested through the production of cultural objects? In turn, how does
the idea of nation further inform or inflect our ideas about racialized,
gendered, and classed subjectivities? How has work on America informed
ideas about "the nation," and in what ways is "America" always already
postnational? Finally, what is to be gained or lost by doing scholarly work
that moves across boundaries?

Northwestern University will also be hosting a conference, "Globalizing
American Studies," on April 30 and May 1, 2004. This important conference
will bring together a group of scholars from various disciplines, including
Kate Baldwin (English, University of Notre Dame), Moustafa Bayoumi
(English, Brooklyn College), Rachel Buff (History, Bowling Green State
University), Brent Hayes Edwards (English, Rutgers University), Brian
Edwards (English, Northwestern University), Brian Larkin (Anthropology,
Barnard College), and Kariann Yokota (History, Yale University), to discuss
their new work. As "Globalization is/in America" is being held in
conjunction with this event, registration entitles presenters admission to
both conferences.

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

Narratives and histories of "American Studies"
Definitions of national and nationalist literatures
Anthologies of literary and cultural production
National and international prizes for cultural production (e.g. Booker
Prize, Nobel, Commonwealth Prize, etc.)
Cultural periodization and national ideology
"Native" or "minor" literatures
National languages
Anderson's "Census, Map, Museum" revisited
Identification papers and ID cards
Internationalization of "national" cultures
De-centering and internationalization of studies about the US
Diaspora and diasporic identities
Alien, resident alien, non-resident alien


Proposals: Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length. We invite submissions
of both panels and individual papers. Panel proposals should outline the
panel as a whole and include 300 word abstracts of each individual paper.
Paper proposals should include a 300 word abstract that explains the
paper's purpose and how it relates broadly to the theme of the conference.
Proposals are due December 15, 2003 to Bishupal Limbu at
globalnu2004@yahoo.com.

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