“On Bothering” is an interdisciplinary American Studies conference, hosted by Concordia University and the Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS). It will take place at Concordia University in Montréal/Tiohtià:ke from October 4th-6th, 2024 From its earliest forms, “bother” etymologically suggests a conflation of “both” and “other”—at once kinship and distinctness. “Bother” still contains some of its early contradictions: it refers… Read more →

A Research-Creation Episteme? Practices, Interventions, Dissensus

Dissensus is not a confrontation between interests or opinions. It is the demonstration (manifestation) of a gap in the sensible itself.         Jacques Rancière Symposium (hybrid) | Trent University | Peterborough ON, Canada | October 30, 2023 In cooperation with: Materialities Research Group, Canadian Comparative Literature Association ( Cultural Studies Graduate Programs, Trent University ( English M.A. – Public Texts Graduate… Read more →

Redekop Prize Winner (2021)

Redekop prize winner (2021) The committee charged with selecting the winner of this year’s Redekop Prize for the best essay in volume 51 (2021) of the Canadian Review of American Studies have decided to give the award to Mason Wales, a PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at York University in Toronto, for her essay, “’We Couldn’t Do That Even if We Wanted To’: Family and Natality in Veep and House… Read more →

2019-20 Robert K. Martin Prize Announcement 

2019-20 Robert K. Martin Prize Announcement The Robert K. Martin prize is awarded to the best book published by a CAAS member in the previous calendar year.  WINNER FOR 2019-20: Jason Demers for The American Politics of French Theory: Derrida, Deleuze, Guattari, and Foucault in Translation (University of Toronto Press). This year the committee is pleased to award the prize to Jason Demers… Read more →

CFP: Tall Tales and Urban Legends in American Literature

Tall Tales and Urban Legends in American Literature Canadian Association for American Studies Conference, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, September 22-24, 2023 Organized by Ross Bullen (OCAD University) and Jasleen Singh (University of Toronto) November 1st, 2022 In American Humor: A Study of National Character (1931), Constance Rourke describes the tall tale as a “scattered” genre that necessarily exists… Read more →


CAAS 2023: WEST BY NORTHEAST, 22-24 September 2023 “West by Northeast” is an interdisciplinary conference, hosted by Mount Saint Vincent University and the Canadian Association for American Studies. It will take place in online (virtually) on 22-24 September 2023. In his 1893 address in front of the American Historical Association during the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Frederick Jackson Turner asserted,… Read more →

CFP: HCA Spring Academy 2023

Call for Papers The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) invites applications for its annual Spring Academy on American Culture, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Politics, and Religion to be held from March 20-24, 2023. The HCA Spring Academy provides 20 international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and thoroughly discuss their Ph.D. projects. Additionally, it offers workshops held by… Read more →

CFP for The Present is the Future in Motion: Afropresentism as Verb and Aesthetic 

Call for Papers:  The Present is the Future in Motion: Afropresentism as Verb and Aesthetic  In their April 2022 interview with BOMB magazine, visual artist and theorist Neema Githere (they/she) notes that Afropresentism is as much a practice as it is an aesthetic or theory. “I always say that the present is the future in motion,” Githere insists. “We carry ancient legacies… Read more →

Call for Papers: Failure in/and American Literature

Failure in/and American Literature American Literature Association, 2023 Conference, May 25-28, Boston Jasleen Singh (University of Toronto) and Ross Bullen (OCAD University) 19 September 2022 In “The American Style of Failure,” Denis Donoghue asks: “Do we not feel that American literature thrives upon conditions of failure and that it would lose its character, if not its soul, were it given… Read more →