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Upcoming Opportunities in American Studies
Call for Contributions: The United States in Times of Corona
The HCA Graduate Blog is currently welcoming contributions on all topics related to the coronavirus pandemic and American Studies. These may include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
The United States in Times of Corona
On a micro level, the coronavirus pandemic has influenced the lives of millions of Americans. Unemployment, shortage of food and water supplies, limited individual freedom, or insecurity about the situation and how to deal with it are just some of the consequences Americans are dealing with on a day-to-day basis.
Transatlantic Relations in Times of Corona
On a macro level, transatlantic relations have been affected as well. To manage the pandemic, countries need to coordinate measures on a global scale – without face-to-face diplomacy. Cooperation is more important than ever to prevent a further spread of the virus and to keep its death toll as low as possible.
American Studies in Times of Corona
The pandemic has also influenced the work of researchers in the field of American Studies. Travel bans, limited access to resources in archives or libraries, home office and the struggle to digitize classes for the next semester – these are some of the challenges scholars are facing these days. We welcome contributions on issues relating to the virus’s impact on researchers and how to overcome these challenges.
If you would like to contribute, send a short abstract of max. 200 words to the editors at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit our author guidelines.
HOTCUS 2020 Postgraduate and Early Career Virtual Conference: America At and Beyond the Ballot Box
One-day virtual event, 18 September 2020
With the presidential election looming in November 2020, politics is paramount in the minds of those interested in the United States. This year also marks a century since the Nineteenth Amendment to the American Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote. While some gained the right to vote at that point, others had to fight for longer and many are still disenfranchised today. From critical elections throughout the decades to struggles in the streets over suffrage and citizenship, the twentieth century witnessed countless pivotal political contestations. Other figures and groups moved outside the bounds of parties and polls engaging in community activism, focusing on courts and laws, or even turning to violence. These topics remain prescient in our current political moment littered as it is with crucial elections, allegations of voter suppression, and widespread grassroots organising. The 2020 HOTCUS Postgraduate and Early Career conference provides a pertinent opportunity for emerging scholars to explore America at and beyond the ballot box.
With the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s annual postgraduate and early career conference will be a one-day virtual event. Conference papers of 1,500-2,000 words (approx.), produced by each participant, will be circulated before the conference. Participants will then take part in online question-and-answer sessions about their work. Due to the altered format of the conference, we may have to accept fewer applications.
HOTCUS invites proposals for papers from postgraduate and early career researchers exploring topics related to the conference theme. Submissions should include a 300-word outline of your paper, along with a brief biography and one page CV. Proposals should be submitted to email@example.com. The deadline for submission is Friday 24th July 2020. For more information or any queries, please contact Tim Galsworthy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CfP: Democracy and its Limits. The United States in Perspective (Political Science Section of GAAS/DGfA)
Date: November 5-7, 2020
CfP Annual Meeting of the Political Science Section of the German Association for American Studies
Democratic institutions in the United States are often thought of as bulwarks against manifold threats, both from inside and outside of the American polity. Donald Trump’s first term in office has been a stress test to these democratic institutions and processes. This conference asks for the causes as well as the consequences of Trump’s electoral success. We consider illiberal tendencies as a serious political phenomenon in the United States and see Trump as a symptom of a longer-standing set of dynamics that we can better grasp through a comparative view and against the backdrop of global dynamics.
As a glimpse at different cases from Jair Bolsonaro to Viktor Orbán shows, demagogues, once in office, alter the structures of the state and civil society in ways that are likely to inflict long term damage. Compromises to the separation of powers, public officials’ conflicts of interest, the defamation of the media: some of the essential pillars of democracy and core ideals of the Enlightenment are under attack.
As such, this conference examines the effects of Donald Trump on democratic processes and institutions, and reflects on the immediate and potential long-term consequences of his administration for democratic participation in the political system of the United States, and how these processes compare to other democracies in crisis.
Please submit your short abstract (250 words maximum) to the organizers (politics(at)jfki.fu-berlin.de) by June 12, 2020.