Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College (Application Deadline May 18th)

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 12:00am to Monday, June 25, 2012 - 12:00am

Dartmouth College announces a One Week Summer Institute
States of American Studies

Monday, June 18 - Sunday, June 24, 2012
Director: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)
Co-Directors: Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth College), Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University), J. Martin Favor (Dartmouth College), Winfried Fluck (Freie Universität, Berlin), Eric W. Lott (University of Virginia)

Institute Faculty:

Rachel Adams (Columbia University), Susan Z. Andrade (University of Pittsburgh), Jonathan Arac (University of Pittsburgh), Aimee Bahng (Dartmouth College), Barrymore Anthony Bogues (Brown University), Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds), Eva Cherniavsky (University of Washington), Andrew Doolen (University of Kentucky), Soyica Diggs Colbert (Dartmouth College), Danuta Fjellestad (Uppsala Universitet), Nancy Fraser (New School), Dilip Gaonkar (Northwestern University), Donatella Izzo (Università degli studi di Napoli “L'Orientale,”), Josh Kun (University of Southern California), Annie McClanahan (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Günter Lenz (Humboldt Universität). Paula Moya (Stanford University), Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky), Lloyd Pratt (University of Oxford), Sangeeta Ray (University of Maryland, College Park), John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California), José David Saldívar (Stanford University), Ramón Saldívar, (Stanford University), Shirley Samuels (Cornell University), Hortense Spillers (Vanderbilt University), Johannes Völz (Goethe-Universität), Michael Warner (Yale University), Robyn Wiegman (Duke University)


The sixteenth year of the Institute is the third of a four-year focus on "State(s) of American Studies." The term "state(s)" in the title is intended to refer at once to the "state" as an object of analysis, to the state as an imagined addressee and interlocutor for Americanist scholarship, as well as to the reconfigured state(s) of the fields and areas of inquiry in 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 that feature current work from Institute faculty (listed above) and research seminars in which all participants present and discuss their own work-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.

Fee: The fee for the Institute (covering registration, housing, and seminars) is $695.00. The fee to attend only the Institute plenary sessions is $500.

Applications: Applications for the 2012 Institute will be accepted until all slots have been filled, but applications received by May 18, 2012 will be granted priority. Applicants should send a brief description of their own projects (no more than 1 page) along with a current CV, a writing sample (10-15 pages) and a $10 application fee (please make checks payable to “Dartmouth College”).

Applications should be mailed to:
Alexander Corey
The Futures of American Studies Institute
Dartmouth College
116 Wentworth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755.


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