Call for Papers: Turkey’s International American Studies Conference

American Studies Association of Turkey: 37th International American Studies Conference

Event: 11/25/2015 – 11/27/2015
Abstract: 08/31/2015

Categories: American, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, Comparative, Gender & Sexuality, Genre & Form, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children’s Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Graduate Conference, Interdisciplinary, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Popular Culture, Women’s Studies, World Literatures, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Eastern European, Hispanic & Latino, Indian Subcontinent, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Pacific Literature, Postcolonial, Scandinavian
Location: Antalya, Turkey
Organization: American Studies Association of Turkey

American Studies Association of Turkey
37th International American Studies Conference

Transnational American Studies

November 25–27, 2015

Akdeniz University
Faculty of Letters
Department of English Language and Literature
Antalya, Turkey

In her 2004 Presidential Address to the American Studies Association
entitled “Crossroads of Cultures: The Transnational Turn in American
Studies,” Shelley Fisher Fishkin called on scholars to move away from
a nationalist and/or nation-centered model of reading, teaching and
researching the United States that prioritized the agendas of
Americanists working in the United States. Her call involved
repositioning American Studies as a discipline that takes the
transnational, rather than the national, as its point of departure.
Such an approach, Fishkin posited, would not only ensure the
“multidirectional flows of people, ideas, and goods,” but would also
generate “social, political, linguistic, cultural, and economic
crossroads” that would enrich our understanding of America and its
global impact.

Over the past decade, scholars around the world have tried to define
“Transnational American Studies.” Overall, it has been characterized
as a field that transcends borders and mere comparative approaches by
recognizing bias, especially of US-based Americanists. This approach
also involves recognizing the work of Americanists beyond the borders
of the United States, acknowledging that they have just as much to
contribute to American Studies as those within its borders, and that
some of the richest areas of research are located abroad—in the
interstitial worlds created by American expatriates, for example. More
importantly, however, this approach simultaneously stresses that
transdisciplinarity and transnationalism are, by necessity, mutually
inclusive. It asserts the fundamental idea that in order to understand
the ways in which the United States functions globally, one must
comprehend its international social, cultural, economic, political and
historic expressions and formulations.

This conference wishes to explore the concept of transnationalism by
focusing on its contributions to American Studies over the past
decade, its usefulness as an academic framework, its continuing impact
on the field (through new scholarship), and its limitations. The
American Studies Association of Turkey thus invites proposals that
consider Transnational American Studies broadly conceived. We
particularly encourage individual abstracts and panels, proposals by
graduate students, and submissions from any branch of American
Studies. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

· Defining transnationality

· Transnational American Studies in the classroom

· American Studies beyond American borders

· Transnational texts and identities

· Transnational politics/political
organization/activism/social movements/protest

· Borders, boundaries, contact zones,encountersral
encountersityican bordersationlnessic framework, its continuing impact
on s (non)porousness

· Transnational feminism

· Life writing (travel writing, journals, diaries, and memoirs)

· Immigrant narratives/diaspora/migration/cultural mobility

· Globalization, citizenship, “homelands,” denationalization

· Positioning ethnic/minority/multicultural voices within
Transnational American Studies

· Americans in Turkey and transnationally

· Race, class, nation (state), power, (post)colonialism and empire

· Atlantic Studies, Hemispheric Studies, Studies of the
Americas, Pacific Studies, Caribbean Studies

· Conflict, war, and geopolitics

· Children’s literature

· Cinema, (social) media, communication

· Music, art, theater and performance

· English as the global language/“American” as the global culture?

· The language of Transnational American Studies

· Consumer culture/McWorld/cultural imperialism/cultural

· American exceptionalism

· Post Transnational American Studies

· The limits of Transnational American Studies

Proposals should be sent to the American Studies Association of Turkey
( and should consist of a 250–300 word abstract in
English, three to five keywords, as well as a short (one paragraph)
biography for each participant. The time allowance for presentations
is 20 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be provided for
discussion. Deadline for proposal submission: August 31, 2015.
Notification of proposal acceptance: September 30, 2015.

All presenters residing in Turkey must be/become ASAT members.
Selected papers will be included in a special issue of the Journal of
American Studies of Turkey (JAST) based on the conference theme.

More information will be posted on our website as it becomes

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