CFP: NEASA Conference 2020

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Patriotism and Protest
New England American Studies Association Annual Conference
June 6, 2020
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

The New England American Studies Association (NEASA) invites proposals for its 2020 conference on the theme of “Patriotism and Protest.”  How have protest, dissent, and unrest shaped movements in American history and culture? What have been the defining features of American patriotic beliefs and attitudes? How have artists, workers, and organizations sought to commend and critique major US institutions through the production of material objects and texts? Topics addressed may include, but are not limited to:

  • Revolution
  • Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Voting Rights
  • Labor Unions and Strikes
  • Public Marches and Occupations
  • Climate Change Protests
  • The Future of American Patriotism and Protest
  • Hashtag Activism and Social Media Outrage
  • Propaganda and State Media
  • MAGA Patriotism
  • Critical Optimism, Queer Optimism, and Postcritique
  • Afro-pessimism
  • Abolition
  • Military Service and Militarism
  • Great American Artists
  • Hollywood and American Cinema
  • Citizenship and Migration
  • Global Populism and Nationalisms
  • International Implications of American Nationalism
  • Sound, Music, and Protest Anthems
  • Visual Culture of Patriotism and Protest

NEASA welcomes proposals for individual papers, full panels, and for five-minute “lightning round” presentations. Please send abstracts of 250 words and a short bio to Lucas Dietrich at by March 1, 2020. Graduate students and non-tenure track scholars are eligible to submit conference presentations for NEASA’s Mary Kelley Prize.

The conference will be held at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus in Cambridge, MA. Registration will be $60 for full-time faculty, $40 for contingent faculty and independent scholars, and free for graduate students. The registration fee will include coffee and lunch.

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