Dartmouth College announces
The 2009 FUTURES OF AMERICAN STUDIES Institute
RE-CONFIGURATIONS OF AMERICAN STUDIES
Monday, June 22 – Saturday, June 26, 2009
Director: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)
Co-Directors: Elizabeth Dillon (Northeastern University)
Winfried Fluck (Freie Universitaet, Berlin)
Eric W. Lott (University of Virginia)
Nancy Bentley (University of Pennsylvania), Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth College), Barrymore Anthony Bogues (Brown University), Anna Brickhouse (University of Virginia), Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds), Christopher Castiglia (Pennsylvania State University), Russ Castronovo (University of Wisconsin), Michael Chaney (Dartmouth College), Tim Dean (State University of New York, Buffalo), Soyica Diggs (Dartmouth College), J. Martin Favor (Dartmouth College), Nancy Fraser (New School), Jeffrey Glover (University of Rochester), Macarena Gomez-Barris (University of Southern California), Judith Halberstam (University of Southern California), Andrew Hebard (Miami University of Ohio), Donatella Izzo (University of Naples), Cindi Katz (City University of New York), George Lipsitz (University of California, Santa Barbara), Lee Medovoi (Portland State University), Klaus Milich (Dartmouth College), José Munoz ( New York University), Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky), Anders Olsson (Upssala University, Sweden), John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California), José David Saldívar (University of California), Ramon Soto-Crespo (State University of New York, Buffalo), Paul Smith (George Mason University). Maurice Stevens (Ohio State University)
This year of the Institute is the fourth of a four-year focus on “Re-configurations of American Studies.” This topic is meant to foreground the reflexive turn in the cultures of American studies both inside and outside the United States. As such, we are inviting both scholars well known as "Americanists" internationally and those whose theoretical frameworks, objects of study, and disciplinary inclinations promise to transform the field’s self-understanding.
The Institute is divided into plenary sessions which feature current work from Institute faculty (listed above) and research seminars in which all participants present and discuss their own works-in-progress. Speakers in the plenary sessions will examine the relation between emergent and residual practices in the field of American Studies from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. The Institute welcomes participants who are involved in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields and who are interested in current critical debates in American Studies.
The Institute was designed to provide a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants’ work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential scholars. Over the past ten years, plenary speakers have recommended participants’ work to the leading journals and university presses within the field of American Studies, and have provided participants with recommendations and support in an increasingly competitive job market.