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2017 Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

Congratulations to Beverly Tomek, whose essay “The Economization of Freedom: Abolitionists versus Merchants in the Culture War that Destroyed Pennsylvania Hall” (CRAS 47.2) has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Ernest Redekop Prize. The prize is awarded annually for the best essay to appear in the Canadian Review of American Studies. Congratulations also to this year’s two Honourable Mentions: Jean… Read more →

CAAS Announces Winner of 2017 Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book

On behalf of the Awards Committee of the Canadian Association for American Studies, I am pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book is Dr. Albert Sergio Laguna (Yale), for Diversión: Play and Popular Culture in Cuban America (New York University Press, 2017). Laguna’s work examines the importance of ludic forms of sociability in… Read more →

Call for Panel Proposals: ACCUTE/CAAS Joint Panels for Congress 2019 (Vancouver, June 1-7)

Attention Members of CAAS: ACCUTE’s joint panel proposal deadline for Congress 2019 is fast approaching. If you have an idea for a panel, please follow the guidelines below, or visit the ACCUTE website for more information (www.accute.ca). If you have any questions about proposing a joint ACCUTE/CAAS panel, please don’t hesitate to contact Adam Beardsworth (abeardsworth@grenfell.mun.ca) for more information.  … Read more →

Call For Papers: “Monuments,” The Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association of American Studies (NAAS)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Monuments 25 – 27 April 2019 in Bergen, Norway The Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association of American Studies Submission deadline: 1 Nov. 2018 Monuments construct the past in the present, and link it to a predetermined version of the future. Monuments tell singular and unified stories, acting as master narratives that impede other voices. Monuments have… Read more →

Call For Papers: “Poe and Feeling”

CFP: “Poe and Feeling” A Conference Panel and Special Feature for Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation Deadline: 30 September 2018 According to poet Frances Osgood, her friend Edgar Allan Poe finds his best voice in genres hospitable to the warmth of human intercourse: “It was in his conversations and his letters, far more than in his published poetry and prose… Read more →

Call for Submissions: Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Monograph (2017) — deadline extended to APRIL 16, 2018

The Canadian Association for American Studies announces the opening of this year’s competition for the annual Robert K. Martin Prize for the best monograph written by a current member of CAAS. This year’s prize will be for books published with a copyright date of 2017. The postmark deadline for submission is 16 April, 2018. All current members and those who join in advance of the… Read more →

CAAS 2018 CFP: “Alternative/Mainstream”

Alternative/Mainstream: A U.S. Studies Conference Sponsored by the Canadian Association for American Studies and St. Mary’s University (Calgary). 12-14 October, 2018, St. Mary’s University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Political commentary may only be the most habitual context in which the merging of fringe and mainstream—a new prevalence of the “Alternative”—has been characterized as a defining, symptomatic feature of the cultural moment… Read more →

Books of Note: New Cormac McCarthy Collection edited by CAAS Affiliates

Cormac McCarthy’s Violent Destinies: The Poetics of Determinism and Fatalism Bannon, Brad and John Vanderheide, eds. University of Tennessee Press, 2018 Hot off the U of Tennessee Press is Cormac McCarthy’s Violent Destinies: The Poetics of Determinism and Fatalism, edited by Western U English grad Brad Bannon (U of Tennessee) and Western U Theory grad John Vanderheide (Huron University College). The collection… Read more →

Call For Papers for Special Issue of the Canadian Review of American Studies, “Uncertain Futures”

“Uncertain Futures”: A Special Issue of the Canadian Review of American Studies ***Note: This CFP is only open to presenters who attended “Uncertain Futures,” the 2017 conference of the Canadian Association for American Studies, held at OCAD University in Toronto.*** In her introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin proposes that “the future, in fiction, is a metaphor”… Read more →

2016 Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book Winner & Honourable Mentions

On behalf of the Awards Committee of the Canadian Association for American Studies, I am pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book is Dr. Andrea Stone (Smith), for Black Well-Being: Health and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature (University Press of Florida, 2016). In this well-researched and lucid book, Stone examines how… Read more →