Targeted Research Panels

British Association for American Studies Annual Conference

The British Association for American Studies has available funding for convenors to organise two successive annual conference panels that will support, promote, and feature the production of research by and about people of colour, LGBTQ+ communities and disability communities. Through Targeted Research Panels, BAAS seeks to provide opportunities to foster and forward research that attends to and includes historically marginalised communities and scholars without regularised institutional support.

Convenors who apply for funding to organise a Targeted Research Panelmust commit to coordinating a thematically cohesive panel for the 2020 and 2021 BAAS Annual Conferences.

Each selected Targeted Research Panel will be awarded £5000 for a two-year cycle of BAAS annual conference panels. The panel convenor might, for example, use funds to subsidise the travel and accommodation of the panellists.

The deadline for Targeted Research Panel applications is 1 November 2019. The convenor will submit a proposal from a fully formed panel as outlined in the 2020 BAAS Annual Conference Call for Papers in addition to the following:

  • A short statement of no more than 500 words explaining how the proposed panel addresses the production of research by and about people of colour, LGBTQ+ communities, disability communities and scholars without regularised institutional support.
  • Email submissions should include ‘Targeted Research Panels’ in the subject line.
  • Convenors should also specify whether they want their panel proposal to be considered for the 2020 Annual Conference if it is not selected as a Targeted Research Panel.

For details on submitting a panel to the BAAS Annual Conference in 2020 click here.

*Below you can see a video of one of the Targeted Research Panels from the BAAS 2019 conference held at University of Sussex, 25-27 April. The panel, “Definitions Towards Solidarity: BAME Americanists in the UK and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies”, which was chaired by Natalia Cecire (University of Sussex), explored six different keywords as starting points for discussion:

Afrofuturism – Omara Dyer-Johnson (University of Nottingham)
blackness – Keisha Fraser-Bruce (University of Nottingham)
refusal/resource – Leila Kamali (University of Liverpool)
palimpsest – Nicole King (University of London)
integration – Christine Okoth (University of Warwick)
unfeeling – Zine Yao (University College of London)