American Identities &
Graduate Student Conference
May 14th, 2005
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara
The 2005 American Cultures and Global
Contexts Graduate Conference, an interdisciplinary forum at
UCSB, will explore the ways that identities in the U.S. and
the Americas shape and are shaped by global crises, whether
they are historical or contemporary. This year we are
pleased to host distinguished keynote
speaker George Lipsitz, Professor and Chair of the Department
of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz
and author of American Studies in a Moment of Danger,
a provocative book about changes in culture, social movements,
and the state prompted by the increasing power of transnational
This year’s one-day conference
will explore the construction of various identities in the Americas,
including those associated with, but not limited to, gender,
race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, politics, religion, and profession.
In particular, we seek to consider these identities in the context
of various kinds of global crisis, including the exceptionally
charged global environment of recent years. What critical insights
are gained when we “globalize” American identities
and examine how these identities have frequently drawn on debates
and intellectual trends developing both within and outside the
national framework? At the same time, we will consider
analyses (from the U.S. and abroad) regarding the impact and
significance of American identities as they circulate in other
countries during times of crisis.
We especially invite proposals that bridge
disciplines, explore historical global crises, and examine American
identities beyond the U.S. In addition, we are seeking papers
and panels that recommend viable strategies and solutions to
issues raised by the confluence of identities and global crises.
The conference will also include an exhibition of various artistic
responses such as paintings, sculptures, and montages related
to our theme.
The topics below are loosely divided into
two categories, "American Identities" and "Global
Crises;" however, presentation topics may include but should
not limited to an investigation of the significant overlaps
and connections between these lists.
Ability and disability
Gender and sexuality
Nationality and transnationality
Race and ethnicity
AIDS, disease, healthcare
Economics: outsourcing, currency devaluation, maquiladoras
Global civil society
Labor and workers’ rights
Languages and translation
Mobility: immigration, migration, travel and tourism
New media and the digital divide
Pop culture and the threat of cultural homogenization
Poverty and debt
Violence: terrorism, war, ethnic cleansing
Please submit 250-word individual abstracts
or panel proposals, comprised of a 250-word abstract for the
entire panel and titles for each paper. Include names, email
addresses, institutional affiliations, technology requests,
paper titles with abstracts by February 21, 2005 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please paste your proposal into the body of your message. If
submitting a work of art, please attach a low-resolution photo
of your piece, if possible, in addition to your abstract.
Deadline: February 21, 2005.
For more information about the American Cultures and Global
Contexts Center, visit http://acc.english.ucsb.edu.