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 ( If you have any questions about proposing a joint ACCUTE/CAAS panel, please don’t hesitate to contact Adam Beardsworth ( for more information.  … 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 →

CAAS 2017 CFP: “Uncertain Futures”

Uncertain Futures is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by OCAD University and the Canadian Association for American Studies. It will take place at OCAD University, in downtown Toronto, from October 27th to 29th, 2017. In her introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin writes that “the future, in fiction, is a metaphor.” In uncertain times, we look… Read more →

Interview with Robert K. Martin

As mentioned in our recent post about the passing of Robert K. Martin, our journal, The Canadian Review of American Studies, published an interview with Robert, conducted by Bruce Tucker as part of a series commemorating the 25th  anniversary of the journal.  We thought it appropriate to post a copy of this interview now, as we reflect on Robert’s role… Read more →

In Memoriam – Robert K. Martin

Earlier this week, CAAS received the sad news that Robert K. Martin (Université de Montréal)–past president and a founding member of CAAS–has passed away.  In the coming weeks, we will be posting some tributes on our webpage, including an interview conducted with Robert for the Canadian Review for American Studies.  We will also be letting you know of plans for… Read more →

2011 Robert K. Martin book prize: call for submissions (postmark deadline: 17 March 2012)

The Canadian Association for American Studies is announcing 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 2011.  The postmark deadline for submission is 17 March 2012. All current members and those… Read more →

CFP: Northeast MLA

Below, please find the CFP for the 44th Annual Northeast MLA (NeMLA) convention.  (CAAS has a long history of association with NeMLA: our current president was the American Lit director a few years past, and current VP and incoming president, Jennifer Harris, is also the incoming American Lit director!) Northeast Modern Language Association 44th Annual Convention March 21-24, 2013 in… Read more →

CAAS 2012: Geographies of Promise and Betrayal–Land and Place in US Studies (Deadline: 15 March 2012)

Hi everyone, I hope you are all still working off the excitement and energy of CAAS 2011, because we’d like to present the Call for Papers for CAAS 2012!  Next year’s conference will take place in Toronto, Ontario, co-hosted York University and the Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto . … Read more →