NEASA conference

The New England American Studies Association 

presents our call for papers  for our fall 2013 conference:


New England American Studies Association 2013 Conference

Mashantucket, Connecticut

Sept 27 – 28


Repression, Rebellion, and Representation: Cultural Challenges in New England and Beyond

The Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, established in 1666, is one of the oldest continuously occupied reservations in the United States.  The reservation’s history of land loss and the reacquisition of lost land by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation two hundred years later are emblematic of challenges faced by indigenous and minority cultures and also representative of the ways in which indigenous and minority groups challenge hegemonic culture.  From the coerced assimilation of Native persons, to searches for religious freedom, the development of free and enslaved African American communities during slavery, the arrival of European ethnic groups, Latino groups, and more contemporary identity politics, New England represents a microcosm of larger North American and now global cultural challenges.  These challenges often manifest in the form of repression of non-dominant norms and ideals, rebellion against dominant ideals, and conflict over the representation of indigenous and minority identities in past and present cultural landscapes.

NEASA invites proposals for the 2013 conference, Cultural Challenges in New England, which will combine scholarly, community, and/or artistic investigation of sociocultural, political, economic, and gendered discourses on cultural challenges. There will be a series of panels, workshops, and participatory forums for exploration of these cultural challenges.  We also welcome submissions from educators, curators, public historians, and creative artists. In addition to individual paper proposals, we also welcome submissions for roundtable discussions, hands-on workshops, and multimedia sessions including film screenings, online presentations, and lightning shorts. 

Topics for exploration may include:

Native American cultural and/or political responses to colonization, African American and Native American responses to oppression, Rebellions, Identity politics, European ethnic groups, Community Activism, Professional development, Tourism, and Art and the Aesthetic.

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 20th, 2013  Proposals or queries may also be sent to:

 Akeia Benard, NEASA co-President

Wheelock College

200 The Riverway

Boston, MA 02215