Tim Youngs organiser’s report on the conference ‘Magazines on the Move: North American Periodicals and Travel,’ the third Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) symposium

On 22 September, 2017, Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Travel Studies (CTWS) hosted ‘Magazines on the Move: North American Periodicals and Travel,’ the third Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) symposium. Read Professor Tim Youngs organiser’s report here.

Organiser’s report on the conference ‘Contesting Power: Rights, Justice, and Dissent in America and Beyond,’ Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) Postgraduate Conference

On 21 October 2017, Kate Ballantyne and her co-organisers at the University of Cambridge hosted the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) Postgraduate Conference on the theme ‘Contesting Power: Rights, Justice, and Dissent in America and Beyond’. Read Kate’s report on the conference here.

Report from Michael Docherty, BAAS Postgraduate Travel Award recipient 2017

The insights gleaned on my award-funded trip will be of invaluable benefit to my scholarship, which in turn I hope will represent a significant development in the field of John Fante studies, writes Michael Docherty. Thanks to the collections in UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library I was able to consult rafts of film treatments (many never sold or produced) from Fante’s time in Hollywood that are invaluable in ascertaining which themes and topics preoccupied him persistently throughout his career.

Report from Rachel Sykes, BAAS Founders’ Travel Award recipient 2017

The support of BAAS and the Founders’ Travel Award provided crucial funding for a highly productive and motivational research trip that has kick-started a major research project and my second monograph, writes Rachel Sykes. Material gathered during this trip will be invaluable to a future conference paper and journal article on Chris Kraus and her contemporary, Dodie Bellamy.

Report from Bill O’Brien-Blake, BAAS Barringer Fellow 2017

In 2017 I visited Monticello, Virginia, the home of Thomas Jefferson, as one of 14 teachers attending the Monticello Teacher Institute’s ‘Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History’, writes Bill O’Brien-Blake. Monticello was a thorough and exceptionally well-supported training environments for teachers and it helped me develop my understanding of historical events and the management of primary sources and the teaching of secondary interpretations and shifts in historiography.

Report by Samuel J Cooper, BAAS Malcolm Bradbury Award recipient 2016

Thanks to the generous grant provided by the Malcolm Bradbury prize, I spent November 2016 carrying out invaluable research in New York and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, writes Samuel J Cooper. During my time in New York I also spent a great deal of time at Poets House where I was able to access small press publications and rare chapbooks that provided me with a detailed insight into the poetic influences on the two poets at the heart of my thesis (Jeff Derksen and Juliana Spahr).

Job: Lecturer in American Literature, University of St Andrews (4 January 2018)

The School of English seeks to appoint a Lecturer specializing in any aspect of American Literature. The School currently teaches American literature in a variety of contexts and periods, but the successful candidate will be expected to create new possibilities for American studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. This will involve the development of…