Judith Butler, Keynote, Transnational American Studies Conference

CASAR’s 5th International Conference: Transnational American Studies, Beirut, Lebanon, January 6-9, 2014


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Judith Butler

Reblogged from British Association of American Studies

In Fall 2013 the Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut celebrates its tenth anniversary and initiates its new MA program in Transnational American Studies. Moreover, Fall 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of Dr. Edward Said, whose scholarly legacy and vision for American Studies in the Arab world inspires CASAR?s mission. To honor Said?s legacy and to mark CASAR’s history and future, the fifth CASAR international conference will be organized around the theme ?Transnational American Studies.

 We aim to consider transnational American Studies as a theory and method in motion. Among the questions we seek to address are: How does the discipline of American Studies work as a “traveling theory” to cite Edward Said? What are the possibilities for American Studies beyond the borders of the U.S. nation-state? How might we map race, sexuality, and religion as densely overlapping transnational categories? How do the cultural and political contexts in the MENA help us remap the field of transnational American Studies?

 We invite disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and un-disciplined papers that address any aspect of transnational American Studies. Although CASAR focuses primarily on the transnational relations between the U.S. and the MENA region, we also invite papers that address transnational American studies in other geographies, such as hemispheric borders in the Americas, provided these papers speak to broad methodological and theoretical questions within transnational scholarship.

In addition to hosting a wide range of scholarship in transnational American Studies, we hope to attract focused work in the following areas:

  • Edward Said’s scholarly legacy, especially as it relates to transnational American Studies.
  • Scholarship that places the study of religion broadly conceived in a transnational American Studies frame.
  • Scholarship in transnational gender and sexuality studies.

 We invite individual paper submissions or panel proposals. We will look favorably on panel proposals that include participants from institutions in different countries, that engage the conference theme, and that meet our criteria for excellent scholarship.

 CASAR will cover the cost of five nights of hotel in Beirut for all accepted conference presenters. In addition, once accepted to the conference, participants may submit an application for travel fellowships. Travel fellowships will be awarded to help subsidize airfare for those who have little or no university research budget. Our funding decisions will prioritize new participants to the conference.

For more information visit: http://www.baas.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=611:casars-5th-international-conference-transnational-american-studies-beirut-lebanon-january-6-9-2014&Itemid=18


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