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IAAS Postgraduate Symposium


This is America? Shaping, Making and Recreating

IAAS Postgraduate Symposium

Trinity College Dublin

10 November 2018







This year the Irish Association for American Studies Postgraduate Symposium will investigate the myriad ways in which American history and culture has been recorded and rerecorded, across all media, and will consider how America is engaging continuously in a dialogue with its own history and culture.


2018 marks several important milestones in American history, such as Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, and fifty years since the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. With these events in mind and considering the current climate in the United States, this symposium will provide a forum to discuss the ways in which narratives – political, historical, literary – are created, sustained, interrogated, and distorted.