2013 New England American Studies Association Spring Colloquium
American Studies: What, How, and Why
Saturday May 4th, 10 a.m.---1 p.m.
Suffolk University Poetry Center
The New England American Studies Association Council is excited to
announce that NEASA's third annual Spring Colloquium will be held on
Saturday, May 4th, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Suffolk University's Poetry
Center! The Colloquium will be entitled "American Studies: What, How, and
Why," and will focus on defining disciplinary questions of what American
Studies is, how we American Studiers do it, and why American Studies is
worth supporting and strengthening in this time of educational crisis (and
all other times).
As has been the case each year, the Colloquium will feature informal
presentations from New England American Studiers, offering an opportunity
for regional scholars to share some of their work, interests, and ideas.
This year, we're looking for folks interested in taking part in either of
two distinct roundtable conversations (each of which will run for about an
hour fifteen minutes, with a short break in between):
1) A conversation featuring American Studies program directors,
coordinators, administrators, secondary educators, and any and all others
who practice American Studies at their institutions and organizations or
otherwise seek to pass the discipline on to their peers and communities.
2) A conversation where American Studies scholars will model some of the
many ways in which their own work exemplifies the discipline--its focal
points and questions, its methodologies and analyses, and the
possibilities it offers for 21st century American academic, public, and
If you're interested in adding your voice to either of these roundtables,
or have any questions about them or any aspect of the Colloquium, please
email Colloquium organizer Ben Railton (<firstname.lastname@example.org>).
But in any case, we very much hope you'll be able to attend the
Colloquium, and take part in these important American Studies
See you in Boston in May!
Benjamin Railton (brailton *at* fitchburgstate.edu)