Welcome to the New England American Studies Association site. NEASA is the regional chapter of the American Studies Association (ASA) representing Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This chapter organizes a number of events and awards including an annual autumn conference, a collection of prizes for recent books and essays, and outreach to secondary school students and teachers. For more information about these activities or about NEASA and the field of American Studies more generally, please click on the links to the left.
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New England American Studies Association 2017 Spring Conference
Boston, Massachusetts, March 10-11
The New England American Studies Association’s (NEASA) annual spring conference offers an opportune moment to pursue connotations of playfulness and trickery, and of enjoyment and leisure. The emergence of myriad manifestations and sites of playfulness across social sectors has profoundly impacted American society and culture. Childhood has become a playful time to be treasured; diversionary activities have come to dominate cultural products; even nostalgia has acquired a pronounced lucidity. Play is also big business: gaming, sports, and other recreation activities are their own sectors of the economy. We therefore invite contributions that interrogate, reflect on, and celebrate the changing functions and sites of playfulness and trickery in American society and culture.
Please join us starting on Friday evening, for an "unconference" involving board games, discussions about the meaning of play, and snacks. On Saturday, a full slate of papers and panels investigating play, trickery, and hoaxes in American culture and life will be presented by a variety of scholars.
To register for the conference, click here.