Fallingwater - Frank Lloyd Wright, 1935. Located in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.


University of Limerick
26-27 April 2013

Call for Papers

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “greatest demonstration for freedom in the history” of America, the Irish Association for American Studies (IAAS) invites papers on the theme of “Freedom Proclaimed” for its annual conference, to be held at the University of Limerick, 26-27 April 2013.

The necessity of the Emancipation Proclamation marks the tensions within the concept of America as the “sweet land of liberty” and “land of the free.” Conference participants are invited to explore how America’s various proclaimed freedoms – free speech, free expression, free press, free thinkers, free spirits, free love, free trade, free market, freedom of movement, freedom of the road, free exercise of religion, freedom from slavery, and more – connect to and impact upon issues of, for example, race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, ethnicity, and political affiliation. Conference participants are particularly invited to consider the ways and means by which freedom is proclaimed – in speeches, in song, in literature, in images, in action – and, as emphasised by Frederick Douglass in his Narrative . . . Written by Himself, the importance of expressing freedom for experiencing freedom. How do we “let freedom ring”?

The conference organisers welcome individual proposals or panel proposals on a common theme. Individual participants should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for a 20-minute paper. Panel proposals will normally consist of an overall proposal of 150 words, plus individual abstracts of no more than 300 words for each of 3 papers for 1½-hour sessions. However, proposals for innovative, alternative panel formats are also encouraged. Papers in the areas of literary studies, history, politics, economics, geography, science, philosophy, media studies, film studies, photography, music and dance, cultural studies, international relations, and others, and from any theoretical or practical perspective, are welcome. All proposals should be submitted to IAAS2013@ul.ie by 7 January 2013.

Postgraduate students who would like to participate but are unable to attend, or feel their work is not so advanced that they could present a paper, are invited to submit a postgraduate poster for display at the conference on any theme relating to their research. For further information, on this or other aspects of the conference, please visit the conference website at www.iaas.ie or use the conference email address to contact the organisers:

Dr David Coughlan and Clair Sheehan, School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, and Dr Gavin Wilk, Department of History, University of Limerick, Ireland.