The New England 

American Studies Association

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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.

***2014 NEASA Conference Call for Papers***

Call for Papers

New England American Studies Association 2014 Conference

Roger Williams University

Bristol, Rhode Island

Oct 17-18


Emancipations: Lineages, Legacies, and Limits


This year’s NEASA conference will be held at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, a suitable geographic site for dialogues about the complexity of both the meaning and experience of emancipation.  Bristol is situated on historically Wampanoag land, and is the site of one of the early battles of King Philip’s War in 1675.  During the 18th century, the DeWolfs of Bristol were the leading slave traders in the nation.  The town of Bristol was built upon the land of indigenous people and by the wealth of the slave trade.  During this conference, Roger Williams University will host an exhibit about Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Lincoln declared freedom for slaves, but the legacy of emancipation is more ambiguous. The conference theme asks us to deal deliberately with the lineages, legacies, and limits of various emancipations, and is foregrounded by the conference’s location in an area historically identified with the destruction of freedom.


What are the limits to the state of being free, of emancipation?  What is at stake when emancipation (of ideas, behaviors and identities) meets cultural, social, economic, and/or political limitations?  Institutions and ideologies promise it, but how often is it realized?  What happens when cultural and ethnic emancipation invite disdain, rather than acceptance?  What does emancipation mean at different life stages?


NEASA invites proposals for the 2014 conference, Emancipations: Lineages, Legacies, and Limits, which will combine scholarly, community, and/or artistic investigation of the concept of emancipation across intersectional frames of identity. We encourage proposals that examine experiences of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, geography, age, and education.  There will be a series of panels, workshops, and participatory forums that will provide opportunities to explore the meaning and impact of emancipation.  We also welcome submissions from educators, curators, public historians, and creative artists. In addition to individual paper proposals, we invite submissions for roundtable discussions, hands-on workshops, and multimedia sessions including film screenings, online presentations, and lightning shorts. 


Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author’s name, address (including email), and institutional or professional affiliation.  For panel proposals, please include contact information for all participants, as well as a brief (no more than two-page) description of the session topic and format.  Submit proposals by April 20, 2014 to NEASACouncil@gmail.com.  Proposals or queries may also be sent to:


                        Dr. Jeffrey Meriwether, President, NEASA

                        Department of History and American Studies

                        Roger Williams University

                        One Old Ferry Road                

                        Bristol, RI  02809




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