US Studies Online is calling for European postgraduates and ECRs to contribute to our emerging European research base. See below for details of the latest calls and upcoming series.
International Researchers, Transnational American Studies – USSO goes European!
This is a call for European graduate students and early career researchers who are bursting with ideas and in need of an international platform to share them. Our European Representative, Katharina Donn, would love to hear your ideas for blogs in response to the call below – but we are also interested in any other suggestions or ideas, and in hearing from anybody who might want to contribute in the future.
Call for posts: Transnationalising American Studies
When thinking about transnationalism, current sociopolitical tendencies could not be more divergent: the upsurge of an isolationist nationalism reflected in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign jars with a global condition defined by migration movements both forced and voluntary. We are interested in how related debates about the ‘transnational’ or ‘transcultural’ affect American Studies as a discipline. This raises broader questions about how to define key concepts central issues such as the ‘border’, ‘cosmopolitanism’, ‘center’ and ‘periphery’, both within and beyond the Americas.
We are particularly interested in research ideas, research reports, manifestos, meditations on any of the following issues, and from the perspective of any relevant American Studies discipline:
– Cosmopolitanism, Globality, Planetarity? Matters of Terminology
– The Black Atlantic and beyond – histories, representations and politics of forced migration
– The role the arts– can reading, as Wai Chee Dimock suggests, reflect a form of transnational Civil Disobedience?
– Forced cosmopolitanism? Nationalism, populism, and the refugee experience
– Towards a transnational discipline of American studies – challenges and opportunities
– Concepts of the nation