This is the first installment of what will be a regular feature on CAASblog: a weekly round-up of Calls for Papers in American Studies. It should be noted that this will work best if people alert me to calls they especially want to see. CAAS-related and CAAS-member CFPS will be posted in full, while links will be provided for others. Don’t forget to check our Facebook page, as well, where members can post CFPs and other items of interest.
Now, without further ado, let the Friday CFP Blogging commence! Click on “Read the rest of this entry,” below.
A joint Canadian Association for American Studies/Northeast MLA panel for the 41st NeMLA convention
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec – Hilton Bonaventure
The process and results of collaboration have increasingly become objects of research and study over the past decade, with several books and articles published that touch on various aspects of the topic, including studies of literary collaborations, innovations in pedagogy, revised notions of academic criticism and research, and theorizations of the relationship between authorship and culture, per se. As such, studies of collaboration lie at the heart of many concerns of contemporary criticism and academic study, as shown most recently by the 40th anniversary issue of NeMLA’s journal, Modern Language Studies.
Arising from this ever-increasing interest in the topic collaboration, this proposed panel (to be sponsored collaboratively by NeMLA and the CAAS) aims to analyze the role of collaboration in American culture and society, both national and continental. The latter approach will prove especially fruitful given that NeMLA is returning across the border to Canada for the first time in many years, opening up a geographic and cultural space for the very work the panel aims to do.
Topics could include, but are not limited to:
Studies of specific literary or other cultural collaborations
Criticism and/as collaboration
Theories of collaboration
Globalization as/against collaboration
National and continental American Studies: Collaboration or Cultural Colonialism?
Border crossings and collaborations
Collaboration and conflict
Please send 500-word proposals to Jason.Haslam@dal.ca. Deadline: 30 Sept. 2009
Canuckifornia: An Anthology
“Canuckifornia,” an anthology of Canadian writings about California, seeks short stories, essays (personal or academic) and/or poems (or groups of up to 10 poems). Contributors should be natives of Canada, former or current Canadian citizens, or former or current permanent residents of Canada. The purpose of this collection is to display a range of Canadian reactions to (and appropriations of) the myths and realities of California, a state where many expatriates have gathered. Canadians have migrated to the Golden State to pursue careers in the entertainment industry, Silicon Valley, academia and many other fields, and they have brought their own sensibilities to bear on the so-called “Golden State.” At the same time, California’s laid-back image, individualistic ethos and new mixture of ethnic influences have forced many Canadians to confront and question their own approach to life, both on the professional and the personal levels. Yet California’s high cultural profile in North America means that no Canadian with any degree of interest in life abroad can have failed to form a vivid impression of its influence. Thus contributors need not have resided in (or even visited) California to be considered. Submissions or questions may be sent via regular mail to Roan Press, P.O. Box 160406, Sacramento, CA 95816 (USA) or via email to email@example.com Submissions received by Jan. 1, 2010, will be considered for inclusion. The collection will be edited by Dr. Bradley Buchanan, Associate Professor of English at California State University Sacramento. Professor Buchanan is a native of Windsor, Ontario.
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