Inaugural Meeting of the Society of Americanists
Theme: “Milestones, Markers, and Moments: Turning Points in American Experience and Tradition”
Date: March 31-April 1, 2017
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: January 16, 2017
Venue: Harrisburg Hilton, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Partner Organizations: Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA) and Eastern American Studies Association (EASA)
In the upcoming year, the anniversary of classic publications and addresses, of the election of the first African American president of the ASA, and the foundation of many prominent programs in American Studies throughout the United States, Americanists might reflect on any number of critical moments in the formation of the field that call upon us to consider both how the field has come to be constructed in the present moment, and what turning points may lie ahead.
As part of our history of framing, and re-framing American Studies as a field in dialogue with contemporary events and trends, institutional developments, and disciplinary formations, the inaugural meeting of a new professional organization, The Society of Americanists, will offer yet another point of departure to interrogate American Studies as a scholarly venture.
Conceived of as “a coalition of persons, organizations, and academic programs devoted to the study of the United States.” The SOA’s purpose is to foster integrated studies of American history, society, arts, and culture in all their aspects, and to promote the profession of scholars and professionals devoted to the study of the United States in a global context.
This year, the SOA, in partnership with the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association and the Eastern American Studies Association, invites proposals for papers, panels, forums, and workshops related to the broad theme of markers, moments, and turning points in American history, folklife, education, cultural conservation, heritage, and society.
As part of specially designated SOA-sponsored sessions, the program committee is particularly interested in works that offer perspectives on both past moments and future directions in the American Studies movement, especially in a global context.
The SOA, MAFA, and EASA hope for presentations suggested by the conference theme , but we also welcome panels on topics of significance to scholars engaged in the practice of American Studies that the conference theme otherwise might exclude.
For Individual Presenters: Send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) and a brief CV or resume (no more than two pages). Place your name and email address on both documents.
For Pre-formed Panels: Send a cover sheet with the title of the panel, the names of each participant, and the titles of their presentations. Include a short abstract of each paper (no more than 200 words each) as well as a CV or resume for each panel participant (no longer than two pages).
SOA Designation: Those submitting proposals are free to do so without designation for the general joint conference. However, if you would like your paper, panel, or workshop to be considered for inclusion in the inaugural meeting of the Society of Americanists, please indicate this on your proposal materials. These sessions will receive special designation in the conference program as SOA-sponsored events.
How to Submit: All materials should be sent to Jennifer Drissel (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Monday, January 16, 2017. Graduate students whose proposals are accepted will be encouraged to submit their final papers electronically several weeks prior to the conference to be considered for the Simon J. Bronner Award for the outstanding graduate paper in American Studies.
The conference will also host an Undergraduate Roundtable. Faculty members interested in having their undergraduate students present research at the conference should contact Dr. Francis Ryan of La Salle University (email@example.com). Roundtable participants will compete for the Francis Ryan Award, awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate paper.
Any general questions can be directed to John Haddad of Penn State Harrisburg (firstname.lastname@example.org).