The IAAS is pleased to advertise that Dr. Alan Gibbs will deliver the W.A. Emmerson annual lecture on Wednesday, 2nd June at 6pm (BST). The lecture, ‘Trauma and Naturalism in the Later Novels of Toni Morrison and Philip Roth’, will be delivered online. Tickets are free. Attendees can register via Eventbrite 

here, and will be emailed the link to the lecture in the days before the event. 

The Rothermere American Institute and Mansfield College are seeking to recruit a Junior Research Fellow in Nineteenth-century United States History. The post is fixed-term for two years.

It is an opportunity for an early career historian to develop their own research and publications while also working with Professor Adam Smith to develop a new collaborative research project with a strong potential for external funding. The Research Fellow will have expertise related to the problem of political legitimacy in the nineteenth-century United States. Their research interests may include: the language, ideas or practice of politics; the intellectual history of the concept of political legitimacy; legal history; insurrections, riots and rebellions; or comparative or transnational perspectives on American political development. The Research Fellow will organise a seminar series at the RAI on a theme connected to their own research while contributing more generally to the academic life of the Institute.

 

Alongside a completed, or close to completion, doctorate in a relevant subject, some undergraduate teaching experience and specialist knowledge in the areas of research specified, the Junior Research Fellow will have the ability to manage their own academic research and will have a least one research publication. Excellent communication skills, professionalism, and a proven track record of working with others are essential to the role, as is the ability to contribute ideas for a new research project. Experience of writing grant applications will be an advantage.

Deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 23 April 2021.

See here for more details.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The School of English, Irish and Communication is seeking to recruit a Teaching Assistant in English, specializing in American literature. The duration of the contract is limited to 10 months and will run from 1 September 2021 to 30 June 2022. However, it may be renewed for one further period only, not exceeding 10 months. They will report to the Head of the Department.

The successful candidate will be expected to make a substantial contribution to undergraduate and MA teaching in English literature in the area of American literature. Interested candidates must have a Doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in English or related discipline from an accredited research university, on a topic related to American literature. They should have a minimum of one year’s experience in teaching literature at college/university level with at least one peer-reviewed publication. Applicants must confirm that they are currently eligible to work in Ireland. Applications by candidates who are not eligible to work in Ireland unfortunately cannot be processed.

The School of English, Irish and Communication is a large and vibrant unit within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and plays a vital role in promoting quality research, teaching, and learning at the University of Limerick.

See here for further details and to apply. 

 

The Irish Association for American Studies is calling for nominations for the following positions on the Executive Committee:

 

Secretary

Ordinary Member x2

Postgraduate caucus co-chair

 

Please note that in accordance with the ethos of the IAAS, the committee especially welcomes nominations for members from under-represented backgrounds and ethnicities.

 

Ideally, we are looking for executive committee members who have experience and familiarity with our activities, ideals, and membership. There are many ways to get involved with the IAAS, and new members are very welcome at association events.

 

  • Nominations must be made by a member or members of the IAAS
  • We accept self-nominations
  • All executive committee members, aside from fulfilling duties specific to their role, will be expected to attend all IAAS committee meetings throughout the year (January, April [AGM], June, September, November [PGR conference])
  • Information on the full requirements of the role(s) will be made available on request
  • The positions will be elected by members of the IAAS during the AGM (10th April 2021)
  • Please email your nominations to info@iaas.ie by 1st April 2021

 

The IAAS is a proud sponsor of #Douglassweek, a week-long series of special events and activities celebrating Frederick Douglass’s trip to Ireland in 1845. All events are free and online, and information, including registration, can be found at www.douglassincork.com

 

 

#Douglassweek is the brainchild of Dr Caroline Schroeter, and the result of over a year’s work by a dedicated team of scholars, including the IAAS’s own Dr Schroeter, Dr Tim Groenland, and Sarah McCreedy.

Job Description 

The Department of English wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic whose research specialism falls within the period from the abolition of slavery to Black Lives Matter. The appointment will run from 1 September 2021. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research with potential for future grant capture. We are particularly interested in candidates with specialisms in African-American, black British or Caribbean writing. In the first year of the post, teaching is likely to include the following modules: ‘Reading Poetry’, ‘US Slavery and the Literary Imagination’, ‘Intellectuals of the Black Atlantic’ and other teaching in American and modern literature. Hereafter, the postholder will be encouraged to develop Undergraduate and MA modules relating to their own areas of specialism. The postholder will also play a full part in pastoral care as a personal tutor, in administration and dissertation supervision. They will be responsible to the Head of Department. 
 
Our ambition is to work together to create a more inclusive environment at King’s and in the English Department. We particularly encourage applications from members of groups with protected characteristics that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Equality Act.

See

here

for further details and to apply. 

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U.S. Election Roundtable hosted by the Irish Association for American Studies
 
Monday 2nd November at 4pm Irish time

At this special roundtable event, happening the day before American Election Day, a range of experts discuss the current administration, the election campaign, and the implications of both another Trump-Pence win or a Biden-Harris victory.

Among discussion topics will be race and racial politics, law and order, the media, cultural responses to recent political events and agendas, foreign policy, election interference and campaign tactics, cyber security, and terrorism.

Our expert speakers are:

Daniel Geary, Mark Pigott Associate Professor of U.S. History at Trinity College Dublin

Jorie Lagerwey, Associate Professor in Television Studies in University College Dublin

Eugenio Lilli, Lecturer and Program Coordinator of the MA in American Politics and Foreign Policy at University College Dublin

Dolores Resano, Marie Curie Fellow at the Clinton Institute for American Studies at UCD and Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College in the United States

Kimberly Reyes, award-winning poet and essayist, and the 2019-2020 Fulbright fellow at University College Cork.

The event is moderated by Catherine Gander, Chair of the IAAS, and Associate Professor of American Literature at Maynooth University.

This event will take place over Zoom. Registered attendees will receive the secure link the day before the event.

Please find the link to the Eventbrite registration below:

The IAAS Postgraduate Symposium

“Parallel Lives in America”

Virtual Event via Zoom

13th-14th of November, 2020

Last year, the Irish Association for American Studies’ Postgraduate Symposium, titled “The Land of the Unfree”, sought to interrogate the legitimacy of democracy in America. One year on, in the midst of a global pandemic, this legitimacy has not only been interrogated, but put on trial.

In the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic has both exacerbated and exposed already existent crises: social, political and economic, among others. Referred to by The New York Times as “The Pandemic Inequality Feedback Loop”, research has shown that individuals of lower economic strata and minority groups are both more likely to contract the virus, and to die from it. From bulk buying to wide-spread job losses, the concerns and priorities of American citizens have existed on a wide spectrum according to relative levels of privilege and oppression.

The 2020 postgraduate symposium, taking place in the IAAS’ 50th year, therefore endeavours to investigate “Parallel Lives” in America. In this context, “Parallel Lives” signify the juxtaposition of the wealthy with the poor, those with power to those who are oppressed, and those who discriminate to those who are discriminated against. As the #BlackLivesMatter movement has shown, exposing and resisting the discord between parallel ways of living is essential for social change, particularly in a world where our lives have become more interconnected than ever before.

While this conference takes inspiration from the present moment, we are particularly interested in historical roots, parallels and contemporary repetitions, and welcome transhistorical papers and panels.

To be conducted over the course of Friday and Saturday afternoon on the 13th-14th November, the interdisciplinary symposium will be run as a virtual event via Zoom. Participants will be invited to complete a webinar registration to be able to join the symposium.

300 word proposals for ten-minute papers, along with a short academic biography, are welcomed from PGRs and ECRs working in the field of American Studies across disciplines including literature, history, film, politics, music, art and media. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 9th October, 2020.

The IAAS is committed to the development of postgraduate and early career researchers. Therefore, the symposium will also feature workshops specifically designed for these scholars.

Paper topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Racial/gender/social/economic inequalities in the U.S.
  • The intersectionalities of equality and inequality
  • Widening socio-economic discrepancies in times of American crisis
  • Narratives of resistance, counternarratives
  • Protest literature and movements, particularly #BlackLivesMatter
  • Documenting Protest
  • The role of art and the artist in social change

For more information, or to submit a proposal, please email us at: postgrad@iaas.ie

 

The following Calls for Papers have been announced this month:

27th Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies

“What Happened? Continuities and Discontinuities in American Culture”

Uppsala, Sweden, May 20-22, 2021

Deadline – 15 September 2020.

https://naas2021.com/.

The 27th biennial conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS) will take place on May 20–22, 2021, in Uppsala, Sweden. The conference also serves as the 11th biennial conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS).

Please see the CFP for more information on this years’s theme ”What happened? Continuities and Discontinuities in American Culture.” Although we encourage panel and paper proposals that engage with this theme, we welcome proposals on any topic related to American studies. The deadline for submission is September 15, 2020.

The conference will take place at Uppsala University, Sweden’s first university, located some 70 kms north of Stockholm, easily accessible by train or by flight to Stockholm-Arlanda airport. The conference is open to scholars and students from all countries, but we offer lower registration fees to members of NAAS (Nordic Association for American Studies), EAAS (European Association for American Studies), and ASA (American Studies Association in the U.S.)

 

Humboldt University in Berlin

“Doing Southern Studies Today”

Berlin, January 14-15, 2021

Deadline – 1st August 2020.

In the field of Southern Studies, the first twenty years of the 21st century were defined by attempts to formulate and visualize the future of Southern Studies, as evidenced by publications such as Suzanne W. Jones and Sharon Monteith’s South to a New Place: Region, LiteratureCulture (2002), Jon Smith’s Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies (2013), or Zackary Vernon’s Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies (2019) – to name only a few. The “future,” most publications propose, lies beyond traditional narratives of Southern exceptionalism and sectionalism that promote a specific “sense of place” that cannot be found outside the South. A more dynamic and global understanding of the South needs to be implemented if Southern Studies wants to contribute to a critical engagement with current and past cultural and social developments, in and outside the U.S. Despite the expansion of the scope of Southern Studies though, the ‘old’ questions remain: What and where is “the South”? What is “southern”? While “sense-of-place”-regionalism, a rather essentialist and nativist approach to being “southern,” is outdated, the concern with the “place of ‘place’” in Southern Studies remains.

This conference aims to bring together scholars who want to share their work on “the South” and “doing Southern Studies” in an uncommon place: Berlin – a place outside “the South.” We don’t expect definite answers to the ‘old’ questions (although we welcome them). We rather want to explore the trajectories of Southern Studies in and outside the U.S. We owe our title to Scott Romine and Jennifer Rae Greeson who claim that “[d]oing Southern Studies is unmasking and refusing the binary thinking – ‘North’/‘South,’ nation/South, First World/Third World, self/other,” it is “thinking geographically, thinking historically, thinking relationally, thinking about power, thinking about justice, thinking back” (2016: 4). We take their definitions as this conference’s objective and seek an exchange of these thoughts. We are particularly interested in papers that tackle the South as a “multiplicity of communities” (Gray 2002: xxiii), factoring in race, gender, sexuality and ethnicity; the role (or rather the problematic exclusivity) of whiteness in Southern Studies; imaginations of “the South” in popular media; the Global South and the possible transnational routes of Southern Studies. The first confirmed keynote speaker is Martyn Richard Bone (University of Copenhagen), author of The Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction (2005).

 

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short biographical info to conference organizers Evangelia Kindinger (Humboldt University in Berlin) and Greta Kaisen (Humboldt University in Berlin) at doingsouthernstudies@gmail.com. The deadline for paper proposals is 1 August 2020.