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British Association for American Studies 58th Annual Conference


A 4-day conference to be held at the University of Exeter, 18-21 April 2013

We are delighted to announce that three plenary speakers have been confirmed:

  • Paul Gilroy, Professor of American and English Literature, Department of English at King's College, London
    “Race and racism in the ‘age of Obama’” 
  • Anders Stephanson, Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of History at Columbia University
    “The Young Senator as Anti-imperialist: on JFK in the 1950s”  
  • Becky Nicolaides, Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA
    "Still Shots from LA: Reflections on Diversity and the Remaking of Suburban Life" 

The conference will begin after lunch on Thursday 18th April and will close after lunch on Sunday 21st April.

American Studies at Exeter

American Studies has a long-standing presence at the University of Exeter. The research interests of staff include transatlantic literary relations, American criminality, film noir, the literature of the suburbs, the Hollywood blockbuster, US immigration, Seattle in the 1990s, the American musical, the culture of the American South, Irish American identities and literature, childhood in America, the Ku Klux Klan, and contemporary American comics. The University holds several major resources that are of interest to American Studies scholars, notably the American Music Collection (one of the largest archives of American popular music outside the United States) and the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture.

Exeter is located 12 miles from the sea, in the county of Devon, home to several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmoor National Park and the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

Registration Details

Booking Registration will be available from 2pm Tuesday 5 March 2013.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the conference organisers        

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