EAAS Conference 2014: Call for Student Papers and Poster Presentations

by admin on November 14, 2013

European Association for American Studies invites students from all EAAS member states to contribute to this conference by either offering a poster presentation, or by presenting a 15-minute paper. Group (poster) presentations are welcome too. Potential themes may include but are not restricted to the following: domestic conflicts; slave revolts; race, class, gender and religious conflicts; the US’s involvement in international wars from the (pre-)colonial times to the present; WWI and II; the Marshall Plan; cultural diplomacy; the Cold War; Vietnam; the First Gulf War; Afghanistan; 9/11; Iraq; the war on terror, and the war on drugs; violent responses to immigration and the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border; the past / present role of the U.S. in the international community (UN, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, NATO); representations of justice, conflict, war in literature, film, and other media; war as cultural misunderstanding; war trauma, etc.

 

“America: Justice, Conflict, War”

EAAS Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands
April 3 – 6, 2014

Call for Student Papers and Poster Presentations
In 2014, the European Association of American Studies will hold its 60th anniversary conference in The Hague (The Netherlands). As the “City of Peace and Justice,” The Hague is home to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Institute for Global Justice, as well as the International Court of Justice (ICJ). These surroundings will provide an inspiring forum for this year’s conference topic: “America: Justice, Conflict, War.” The conference will focus in particular on the paradox inherent in the United States’s committment to the values of justice, liberty, and democracy, and the often unforeseen and problematic results of attempting to implement these values both at home and abroad – a paradox that has
shaped the nation’s history domestically as well as internationally since its inception.

At a domestic level, the U.S. was one of the first nations in modern history to establish a democratic and egalitarian form of government based on the Enlightenment principles of equality, political and civil liberties, and freedom of speech. At the same time, many of these principles have had different meanings for different groups within the U.S. throughout its history, and have repeatedly led to violent internal racial, ethnic, gender, and class conflicts. In the arena of foreign policy, Theodore Roosevelt’s “Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine” (1904), for example, officially consolidated the role of the U.S. as an “international police power,” prepared to intervene “in flagrant cases of . . . wrongdoings.” This set the stage for a wide range of interventions, including those in Latin America and, more recently, the Middle East, whose transgressive nature has since met with harsh criticism.

We invite students from all EAAS member states to contribute to this conference by either offering a poster presentation, or by presenting a 15-minute paper. Group (poster) presentations are welcome too. Potential themes may include but are not restricted to the following: domestic conflicts; slave revolts; race, class, gender and religious conflicts; the US’s involvement in international wars from the (pre-)colonial times to the present; WWI and II; the Marshall Plan; cultural diplomacy; the Cold War; Vietnam; the First Gulf War; Afghanistan; 9/11; Iraq; the war on terror, and the war on drugs; violent responses to immigration and the
militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border; the past / present role of the U.S. in the international community (UN, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, NATO); representations of justice, conflict, war in literature, film, and other media; war as cultural misunderstanding; war trauma, etc.

All poster exhibits will be on display for the duration of the entire conference. All paper presentations will take place on Thursday, April 3, from 10.00-16.00.

To enable students to attend, the Netherlands American Studies Association will make available 15 travel grants of up to 100 Euros each to speakers coming from outside The Netherlands. Lunch on Thursday will be provided. For inexpensive accommodation, please check out the conference website at www.eaas2014.org.

Deadline:

The deadline for submitting poster proposals or individual paper proposals is January 10, 2014. Please include a 150-200 word abstract of your (poster) presentation and a brief c.v. and indicate whether you wish to apply for a travel grant.

Please send all information via e-mail to student.eaas2014@gmail.com

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