A conference announcement has just been issued at will be of interest to all early Americanists. The conference will be examining the themes of empire and imagination: both hot topics in this period. The conference will be a very significant event uniting Americanists from across Europe.
As Americanists we generally consider our primary connections intellectually and culturally to be across the Atlantic, but of course it is also important to acknowledge that we must talk to scholars in continental Europe and even further afield about our work. This conference, in Bayreuth, Germany will give the perfect environment in which to do that.
I also found the call for papers fascinating because there is only one brief, tangential mention of ‘the Atlantic’ in the entire document. Does this mean that the vogue for all thinks ‘Atlantic’ has now passed? It appeared for a while that a book couldn’t be published without ‘Atlantic’ in the title somewhere. Ditto with conference calls for papers. This major conference seems to be breaking with that trend and returning to definitions based on continental or national boundaries.
If you are interested in this conference, click here for details of the call for papers, and hopefully I’ll see you in Germany next year!