Digital Dialogues Summer 2020

These Digital Dialogues are BAAS’s first efforts at both digital research sharing and networking. We hope the programme will connect members of the community this summer, and provide templates which we can develop as we all try to adjust to the new working patterns required by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the need to make our research community more accessible, inclusive and environmentally sustainable in the long term. All events will take place via Zoom and pre-registration is required for all events. This will help to keep our events secure and to enable community building for the various networks.

We hope you can join us!

Organisers: Cara Rodway (Chair), Lydia Plath (Vice-Chair), Olivia Wright (BAAS PG Representative)

 

Research events

Narratives of Communication in 20th Century US Literature (Monday 8 June, 13.30-15.00)

Gender and Sexuality in American culture (Thursday 18 June, 14.00-15.30)

Police Pervasion: The Development of American Policing in the 20th Century (Tuesday 23 June, 16.30-18.00)

Myth, memory, and meaning in American politics and life (Monday 29 June, 14.00-15.30)

Incarceration and Resistance in American History and Culture (Monday 6 July, 15.30-17.00)

Postgraduate Work in Progress Sessions (Wednesday 8 July, 16.00-17.30; Monday 20 July, 12.30-14.00)

Network events

Women in American Studies Network Meeting (Thursday 11 June, 11.00-12.30)

BIPOC American Studies Network Meeting (Monday 15 June, 16.00-17.30)

BAAS Postgraduate Network Meeting (Thursday 25 June, 12.00-13.30)

Teaching American Studies Discussion (Wednesday 1 July, 11.00-12.30)

Greener BAAS Network Meeting (Tuesday 14 July, 15.00-16.30)

 

Each event has unique registration details: please see the relevant instructions below. If you have any general questions about the programme, please contact chair@baas.ac.uk. Please note, all times are BST.

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Schedule:

Monday 8 June (13.30-15.00): Research Panel 1: Narratives of Communication in 20th Century US Literature

Chair: Cara Rodway

Molly Becker, ‘The Standardized Linguistics of Nation in Midwestern Fiction’

Oliver Haslam, ‘Telephonic Thresholds in the Stories of Raymond Carver’

Please register in advance for the session via this link.

Thursday 11 June (11.00-12.30): Women in American Studies Network Meeting

Host: Kate Dossett

Join WASN for its first digital dialogue to address the impact of COVID-19 on existing gender inequities in academia. Our meeting will focus on practical solutions to address these issues in the short and long term and the opportunities to do things differently.

The network is for, and welcoming to, all who identify as women and those marginalised along the gender spectrum. For more information about WASN and what this session seeks to achieve, click here.

Please register in advance for the meeting via this link.

Monday 15 June (16.00-17.30): BIPOC American Studies Network Meeting

Hosts: Christine Okoth and Xine Yao

Please join us for BAAS’ first ever BIPOC scholar meet-up!

As the organisers of one of BAAS 2019s Targeted Research panels we’d like to create a more permanent space for BIPOC scholars in the BAAS community. To do that, we want and need your help!

In lieu of a face-to-face event at BAAS Liverpool, we have moved this informal gathering online. Come have a chat with your fellow BIPOC BAAS folks on Monday 15th June at 4pm and exchange experiences, ideas, and rants. Though this is primarily a social hang-out (BYO snacks and drinks!) we’d also love to hear about what BAAS can do to support BIPOC scholars working in the field.

If you identify as black, indigenous, or a person of colour, please send an email with your name to christine.okoth@warwick.ac.uk – we’ll send you the Zoom link.

Hope to see you all there!

Thursday 18 June (14.00-15.30): Research Panel 2: Gender and Sexuality in American culture

Chair: Chris Parkes

Hannah Rogers, ‘Transformable Bodies: Cosmetic Surgery and The Female Body in Thomas Pynchon’s V.’

Coco d’Hont, ‘“Crazy! Evil!”: Cult as Gendered Meta-Text in Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy (2018)’

James Baxter, ‘Evergreen Review: populist publishing and ‘vulgar modernism’ in 60s American magazine culture’

Please register in advance for the session via this link.

Tuesday 23 June (16.30-18.00): Research Panel 3: Police Pervasion: The Development of American Policing in the 20th Century

In the past decade, pathbreaking histories of the carceral state have traced mass incarceration from the 1970s and 1980s. Building upon this scholarship, this panel takes a broader understanding of the sites and personnel of policing, looking at schools, college campuses, and homosocial female spaces.

Chair: Nick Witham

Panellists: Lizzie Evens, Noah Remnick, and Christa Watkins

Please register in advance for the session via this link.

Thursday 25 June (12.00-13.30): BAAS Postgraduate Network Meeting

Hosts: Olivia Wright and the incoming PG Rep

Postgraduate networking events are an important part of the annual BAAS conference. This year we’re hoping to emulate this space digitally by hosting a virtual PG lunch! We’ll use the opportunity to informally chat about research, the impact of COVID-19 on the postgraduate experience, and introduce BAAS’s new PG Rep. Whether you’ve attended BAAS events in the past or not, these spaces are a great opportunity to discover our friendly postgraduate network and meet new people. If you’d like to attend, please complete this form. You will then be sent the Zoom link for the meeting.

Monday 29 June (14.00-15.30): Research Panel 4: Myth, memory, and meaning in American politics and life

In our panel we will explore various aspects of United States history concerned with memory and politics – such as small town mythologies, Civil War memory, and heritage tourism. Our papers will show how conceptualising the relationships between memory and politics yields far greater understanding of crucial moments in American history including the New Deal, the civil rights era, and the nation’s post-slavery reckoning.

Chair: Tom Wright

Will Carroll, ‘“Introducing small-town America to Americans”: Small-town American visual memory and the New Deal in the Farm Security Administration’

Tim Galsworthy, ‘My Confederate grandfathers would vote for you: Popular responses to Barry Goldwater’s Republican Party’

Anne Stokes, ‘Paradox as Tourism: African American History in Montgomery’s Heritage Sites’

Please register in advance for the session via this link.

Wednesday 1 July (11.00-12.30): Teaching American Studies Discussion

Hosts: Lydia Plath and Tom Wright

Want to talk about teaching? Following the successful Teaching American Studies Conference held last year, we’re holding this event as a space to share ideas about how BAAS can support our teaching practice, both in the short term (as we are asked to move our teaching into online or blended environments), and in the longer term, as teaching becomes increasingly important to both our day-to-day work and our promotions and employment opportunities. Whether you are a postgraduate new to teaching, an experienced colleague in the classroom (but perhaps new to teaching on Zoom!), or anywhere in between, please join us for an informal chat about all things American Studies pedagogy.

Please register in advance for the session via this link.

Monday 6 July (15.30-17.00): Research Panel 5: Incarceration and Resistance in American History and Culture

Chair: Lydia Plath

Lynn Itagaki, ‘‘The War for ‘The Terror’: From Japanese Americans in WWII to Latinx Children Now’

Adam Gilbert, ‘The War in Vietnam and the Rise of the American Carceral State’

Francesco Bacci, ‘Resistance, Solidarity, and Social Awareness in Heron and Whitehead’

Please register in advance for the session via this link.

Postgraduate Work in Progress Sessions: Wednesday 8 July (16.00-17.30) and Monday 20 July (12.30-14.00)

Hosts: Olivia Wright and the incoming PG Rep

As part of the 2020 seminar series BAAS is trialing a new Postgraduate Work in Progress Scheme. We are offering several postgraduates the opportunity to share their research with a group of peers for questions and feedback. These initial spaces are limited, but if you are interested in sharing your work, please complete this form.

If you would like to attend the sessions as a reader, please complete this form. As a peer reader, you would be required to read up to 3 pieces of work ahead of the session and be prepared to offer your comments or questions. After completing the form you will then be sent the Zoom link for the meeting.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the scheme, please contact PG rep Olivia Wright at Olivia.Wright1@nottingham.ac.uk.

Tuesday 14 July (15.00-16.30): Greener BAAS Network Meeting

Host: Eithne Quinn

This is the first network meeting of ‘Greener BAAS’, a forum for those interested in environmental and greener American Studies. We will share research interests, teaching experiences, and/or practical green initiatives in order to build a network of American Studies researchers and teachers of environmental humanities. All welcome.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the session, please contact Eithne Quinn (eithne.quinn@manchester.ac.uk) and Elsa Devienne (elsa.devienne@northumbria.ac.uk).

Please register in advance for the session via this link.