EAAS Biennial Conferences

Program Outline, Lectures and Workshops

Program outline and complete list of keynote addresses, parallel lectures and workshop papers.

1. Program Outline (as of 16 February 2010)

Friday, 26 March 2010
All of Friday’s events take place in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

9 am–5:30 pm: Opening of Registration Desk. Collection of Conference Packs (Room 4017, the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin)

10 am–1 pm: Meeting of EAAS Board (closed session)

1–2 pm: Lunch (not provided)

2–2:45 pm: Meeting of EAAS Secretary General with Workshop Organizers

3–4:30 pm: EAAS General Meeting (Edmund Burke Hall, Arts Building, TCD) – Announcement of ASN Book Prize,Rob Kroes Publication Award, IAAS/WTM Riches Essay Prize

4:30–5:30 pm: AGM of Irish Association for American Studies

5:30–6 pm: Official Opening of EAAS 2010 Conference (Edmund Burke Hall, Arts Building, TCD)

6–7:30 pm: Plenary Lecture 1 (The IAAS/Alan Graham Memorial Lecture): JoAnne Mancini, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

7:30–8:30 pm: Welcome Reception (Atrium, TCD)

8:30–10 pm: ASN Meeting (venue to be confirmed)

Saturday, 27 March 2010

All of Saturday’s events take place in the Health Sciences Centre, University College Dublin

9–10 am: Parallel Lectures 1, 2, and 3 (Maierhofer, Newman, Zehelein)

10–10:30 am: Coffee/Tea (provided)

10:30–12 noon: Plenary Lecture 2: Greil Marcus, San Francisco, USA

12–1:30 pm: Lunch (vouchers will be provided); Postgraduate Students Shoptalk

1:30–3:30 pm: Workshop Sessions 19, 20, 1, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 23

3:30–4 pm: Tea/Coffee (provided)

4–6 pm: Workshop Sessions 1, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 23, 24, 25

6–7 pm: Panel and Book Launch with Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors to mark the publication of A New Literary History of America

7 pm: Reception hosted by the Clinton Institute for American Studies, UCD

Sunday, 28 March 2010

All of Sunday’s events take place in the Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin

9–10 am: Breakfast Meetings for Salzburg Seminar Alumni and other groups

10am–12 noon: Workshop Sessions 2, 4, 3, 5, 6, 8, 14, 15, 17, 22

12 noon–1:30 pm: Lunch (not provided); Women’s Studies Shoptalk

1:30–3:30 pm: Workshop Sessions 3, 5, 6, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22

3:30–4 pm: Tea/Coffee (provided)

4–5:30 pm: Plenary Lecture 3 – Susan Castillo, Kings College London, United Kingdom

5:30–7 pm: Break

7–10:30 pm: Reception (Atrium, TCD), followed by Conference Banquet and Music in College Dining Hall (booking via conference website necessary)

Monday, 29 March

All of Monday’s events take place in the Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin

9–10 am: Parallel lectures 4, 5, and 6 (Duncan, Pokrovsky, Wilczyński)

10–10:30 am: Tea/Coffee (provided)

10:30–12 noon: Shoptalk Sessions (History, Literature)

12 noon–1 pm: Roundtable Discussion on “The Future of American Studies in Europe”

1–1:30 pm: Closing of the Conference

2:30–3:30 pm: EAAS Officers’ Meeting with Local Organizing Committee (closed session)

NOTE: Workshop numbers given in bold above indicate single-session Workshops. Precise details about locations and times for all Workshops, Lectures, Shoptalks and Meetings will be provided in due course. Participants in Workshops should contact Workshop Chairs/Organizers in the first instance for further information, or check the conference website regularly for updates. Delegates are advised to register early for the Conference, and especially for the Conference Banquet as numbers are limited.

2. Keynote Lectures

1. JoAnne Mancini, National University of Ireland, Maynooth: "Of Young’s Images: America, Changing Forever"

2. Greil Marcus, music journalist and cultural critic, San Franciso, U.S.A.: “’Masters of War’ – Forever"

3. Susan Castillo, Kings College London, United Kingdom: “Facing Whiteness:  The Perdurability of ‘Race’ in US Writing”


3. Parallel Lectures

1. Simon P. Newman, University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom: “‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive / But to be young was very heaven!’: Thomas Paine, Revolutionary Politics and the American Political Consensus”

2. Eva-Sabine Zehelein, Rheinische Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany: “‘It's always happy hour somewhere in The Villages’: 55+, Age Segregation and the American Social Landscape”

3. Marek Wilczyński, University of Gdańsk, Poland: “The Burden of Youth: The Ambivalences of Immaturity in the Antebellum Discourse of U.S. Cultural Identity”

4. Roberta Maierhofer, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz: “The Graying of America: Changing Images of America in the Matrix of Gender, Age and Identity or the Great Forgetting in American Culture"

5. Nikita Pokrovsky, State University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia: “Symbol of Perpetual Youth Globalized: Legacies of ‘Walden’ in the World of Today”

6. Russell Duncan, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, “Climbing Gold Mountain: Chinese Immigration and a Renewed America, 1980-2010”


4. Workshops (as of 26 January 2010)

Workshop 1

Southern Forum Workshop: “The Past is Dead – Long Live the Past!”
Susan Castillo, Kings College London, United Kingdom, and John Andreas Fuchs, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

Panel 1: Literature:

Constante González Groba, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain: “Putting the Dynamic Past to Everyday Use in the Fiction of Southern Women Writers”

Marcel Arbeit, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic: “Country & Western Music: Old Genre Forever Young in Contemporary Southern Literature”

Jan Nordby Gretlund, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark: “Is the Image of the Past Changing in Today’s Southern Novel?”

Diana Rosenhagen, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany: “Minstrelsy or ‘the Negro himself?’ Zora Neale Hurston’s Black South and the Quest for a ‘real Negro theater’”

Geraldine Chouard, Université de Paris IX, France: “Youth and Age in Welty's Photographs”

Panel 2: History:

Wolfgang Hochbruck, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany: “'Wasn’t It Like We Were Young Again?’ From Civil War Soldier to Veteran – and Back”

David Goldfield, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, U.S.A.: “The Evangelical Origins of the Civil War”

Gregory Jason Bell, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic: “‘An Island in the South’: Tampa’s 19th Century Regional Identity”

Marguerite Nguyen, Tulane University, New Orleans, U.S.A.: “Racial Topographies in Post-Katrina New Orleans”

Wendy Elaine Ward, University College Dublin, Ireland: “Towing Soth’s Southern Line: From Sleeping by the Mississippi to Waking up in the Wood

Workshop 2

“American Sport/American Athletes: Changing Images and Changing Perceptions in the 20th Century”
Olaf Stieglitz, Universität zu Köln, Germany

Maria Moss, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany: “The Native ‘Hall of Fame’: Indian Chiefs as American Baseball Idols”

Clara Juncker, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark: “Joe DiMaggio: Great American Athlete?”

Pablo Dominguez, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany: “‘Normal American Kids’: Youthful Bodies, Gender and Race in Early 1960s Hollywood Surf Films”

Ben Dettmar, Michigan State University, East Lansing, U.S.A.: “57 Channels (and No Soccer On): How TV in the US Has Treated the World's Most Popular Sport” 


Workshop 3

“The U.S. as a Cultural Fountain of Youth? American and Foreign Intellectuals’ Visions of Art and Culture in the U.S. in the 20th Century”
Anne Ollivier Mellios, Université de Paris XIII, France, and Marco Mariano, University of Eastern Piedmont, Vercelli, Italy

Hans Bak, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands: “Beyond Ambivalence? Dutch Intellectuals on ‘America’ and American Literature, 1918–1948”

Dag Blanck, University of Uppsala, Sweden: “Intellectual Migration and the Shaping of a Swedish Vision of America during the Post-War Era”

Laurence Cossu-Beaumont, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France: “Sartre and Les Temps Modernes: A Controversial Spokesman for American Culture in After-War Paris”

Babs Boter, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands: “’A Pathetic Papier-Maché Stage Set’: De Beauvoir’s Pursuit of America’s Past and Future”

Panel 2

Paola Gemme, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, U.S.A.: “American Studies in Italy: U.S. Cultural Hegemony or Italian Way?”

Stanislav Kolář, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, and Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia: “Vision of 1960s America from an American and (East) European Perspective”

Debbie Cohn, Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A.: “Cultural Diplomacy and Spanish American Authors in the U.S. University during the Cold War”

Irina Golovacheva, St Petersburg State University, Russia: “Christopher Isherwood’s and Aldous Huxley’s Changing Vision of America: The Crucial Role of Pacific Commitment” 


Workshop 4

“Beginning America and the World: Walt Whitman”
Sascha Pöhlmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, and Krystyna Mazur, University of Warsaw, Poland

Tatiana Venediktova, Moscow State University, Russia: “Publication as the Auction: Walt Whitman’s Radical Aesthetics”

Günter Leypoldt, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany: “Whitman and the Romantic Invention of ‘Cultural Youth’”

Alexander Runchman, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland: “Walt Whitman’s ‘Original Energy’: Sun Imagery in ‘Song of Myself’”


Workshop 5

“The Undead and Forever Young: Ghosts, Zombies and the Unburied Corpse of Race”
Justin D. Edwards, Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom, and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, University of Lausannne, Switzerland

Panel 1

Sam Worley, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, U.S.A.: “The Function of the Gothic in Slavery in the United States

Louise Walsh, University College Dublin, Ireland: “Does the ‘Conjure-Man’ Die? Rudolph Fisher and the Trickster Tradition”

William Dow, American University in Paris, France: “Sensational Gothicism in Richard Wright’s The Outsider

Dorothea Schuller, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany: “... But would you let your sister marry one?” Vampirism, Monstrosity and Miscegenation in Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and Its Cinematic Adaptations”

Panel 2

Joanne Chassot, University of Lausanne, Switzerland: “Black Women Re-Visioning American History: The Ghost as Alternative Epistemology in the Works of Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, and Michelle Cliff”

Ana Maria Fraile, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain: “Unburying the Spirit: Zombification, Memory and Identity in the Diasporic Novels of Maryse Condé, Edwidge Danticat, and Elizabeth Nunez”

Ilka Saal, Universität Erfurt, Germany / University of Ghent, Belgium: “Possessions: Trauma Work and the New Black History of Suzan Lori Parks”

Rachael McLennan, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom: “Adolescence and (Re)capitulation in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series”


Workshop 6

“Wars and New Beginnings in American History”
Rob Kroes, Universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Jean Kempf, University of Lyon 2 – UMR Triangle, France

Panel 1

Tatyana Evgenevna Kamarovskaya, Belarusian Pedagogical University, Minsk, Belarus: “Adam and the War”

Marja Roholl, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands: “Changing Representations of America: The Office of War’s Visual Campaigns in the Netherlands”

Kate Delaney, Independent Scholar, U.S.A.: “The Many Meanings of D-Day”

David Ellwood, University of Bologna, Italy: “Wars and New Beginnings in European History? U.S. Armed Services as Purveyors of American Models of Modernity and Their Reception in Europe in World War II and After”

Panel 2

Robert W. Rydell, Montana State University, Bozeman, U.S.A.: “Mood Swings: ‘The White Man’s Burden,’ the War in the Philippines, ‘The Ideals of America,’ and Tin Pan Alley”

Heather Treseler, University of Notre Dame, U.S.A.: “Defending Poetry”

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, University of Lausanne, Switzerland: “Civil Religion and the Uses of War in National Renewal”

Frank Mehring, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany: “The Promise of ‘Young Europe’: Cultural Diplomacy, Cosmopolitanism, and Euro-American Youth Culture in the Films of the Marshall Plan”


Workshop 7

“Perpetuating Youth in American Film”
Penny Starfield, Université de Paris VII – Denis Diderot, France, and Marimar Azcona, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Session 1.

Carmen Indurain, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain: “Perpetuating Young Drifters in Contemporary American Film”

Tomáš Pospíšil, Masaryk Universty, Brno, Czech Republic: “Otto, Eliot and Aliens”

Clare Hayes-Brady, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, “Obviously, doctor, you’ve never been a thirteen-year-old girl”: Problematic Adolescence in The Virgin Suicides

Gilles Menegaldo, University of Poitiers, France: “Three Visions of Adolescent Crisis: Donnie Darko, Virgin Suicides, Paranoid Park"

Session 2.

Thomas B. Byers, University of Louisville, U.S.A.: “All That Was Old Is New Again: Youth and Nostalgia in Bonnie and Clyde and Public Enemies

Melvyn Stokes, University College London, United Kingdom: “Selling the American ‘New Wave’: What Hollywood Film-Makers and Publicists Thought They Knew about ‘Sixties Young People”

Nathalie Dupont, Université du Littoral et de la Côte d’Opale, France: “The Important Young Audience: A Modification?”

Alicia Otano, Universidad de Navarra, Spain: “New Beginnings: Stephenie Meyer’s Emotionally Intelligent Youth”


Workshop 8

“Regeneration, Rejuvenation, Rebirth and the American West”
Dean Rader, University of San Francisco, U.S.A., and Martin Padget, Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom

Panel 1:

Jaroslav Kušnír, University of Presov in Presov, Slovakia: “The American Southwest in Cormack McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men

Eric Sandeen, University of Wyoming, Laramie, U.S.A.: “Challenging Regeneration in the New West:  The Apocalyptic Landscape of Bravo 20

Özge Ozbek, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey: “Excavating the Texan Geography: Dale Smith Traces Cabeza de Vaca’s Trail"

Michael Boyden, Ghent University College, Belgium: “Translating the American West into English: The Case of Hendrik Conscience’s Goudland

Panel 2:

Jelena Šesnic, University of Zagreb, Croatia: “New Readings of the ‘West’ in Contemporary U.S. Cinema”

Jonathan Silverman, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, U.S.A.: “New Ballads of the True West: Johnny Cash’s American Ideals”

Gülriz Büken, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey: “Reanimation, Revitalization, Resurgence and Survivance of the Native Peoples by Their Trickster/Artists”

Victoria Kennefick, University of College Cork, Ireland: “’You can’t take the sky from me’: The American West Meets the Final (Transnational) Frontier in Joss Whedon’s Firefly


Workshop 9

“The Kid: Changing Perceptions of American Childhood”
Alex Runchman, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Panel 1

Martin Urdiales Shaw, Universidad de Vigo, Spain: “Innocence Disrupted: Jewish, Polish and Irish Childhoods in Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep

Jerzy Durczak, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland: "The Shrinking World of Growing Up: From Claude Brown to Junot Diaz”

Nicole Ollier, University Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux, France: “Children’s Loss of Innocence in American Literature Across Ethnic Boundaries”

Olga Karasik, Tatar State University of Humanities and Education, Kazan, Russia: “A ‘Nice Jewish Boy’: The Representation of Childhood in the Novels of Philip Roth”

Panel 2

Philip McGowan, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: “Innocence and Loss in William Maxwell’s They Came like Swallows (1937) and The Folded Leaf (1945)”

Gillian Groszewski, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland: “‘Talking ‘bout my generation’: The Figure of the Child and the Middle Generation”

Michael Hinds, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, Ireland: “Randall Jarrell: Redeeming the Manchild”

Aurélie Sanchez, University of Toulouse, France: “’The Fourth of July is a Stupid Farce!’ Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! as a Kid(ding) Game”


Workshop 10

“Lobbying and American Democracy: Undue Influence or Dynamic Participatory Democracy?”
Salah Oueslati, University of Poitiers, France

Panel 1:

David Mauk, University of Oslo, Norway: “Ethnic Lobbies in the Policymaking Process: The Example of Immigration Policy between World War II and 1965”

Pierre Guerlain, Université de Paris X, France: “The Israel Lobby, American Democracy, and Foreign Perceptions of the US”

Martin Russell, University College Dublin, Ireland: “Transforming American Democracy and Foreign Policy: Irish-American Lobbying and U.S. Intervention in Northern Ireland”

John Chandler, University of Valenciennes, France: “The Controversy Continues: Conservative Christian Reaction to Obama’s Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships”

Panel 2:

Anouar Ben Hafsa, University of Tunis, Tunisia: “Lobbying for the Unborn: The American Catholic Church and the Abortion Issue”

Conor McGrath, Independent Scholar, Dublin, Ireland: “Barack Obama and Lobbyists”

Alf Tomas Tønnessen, University of Oslo, Norway: “Lobbying against Health Reform: A Comparison of the Fight against ‘Hillarycare’ and ‘Obamacare’”

Pawel Laidler, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland: “Friends of the Court or Friends of their Own Interests: Amicus Curiae as a Lobbying Tool of Groups of Interests in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision-Making Process”


Workshop 11

“Remembering the New Nation: Changing Images of Nineteenth-Century America in Literature, Culture, and the Arts”
Maria Holmgren Troy, University of Karlstad, Sweden, and Carmen Birkle, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Panel 1

Bridget Bennett, University of Leeds, United Kingdom: “Imagining New Homes on the Frontier”

Helena Maragou, American College of Greece, Athens: “Ambiguities of a (Liquid) Frontier: Sea-Faring Outlaws in Cooper’s Red Rover and Ingraham’s Lafitte

Ageenah Saleem, University of Cincinnati, U.S.A.: “Poe and Pac: Bad Boys of American Literature: Rethinking the Role of Poetry and Verse in American Social Activism”

Kate Kirwan, University College Cork, Ireland: “Remembering the Essex: Literary Delineations of a 19th-Century Tragedy”

Panel 2:

Ina Bergmann, University of Würzburg, Germany: “Revisiting the New Nation – Revising Cultural Memory: Images of 19th-Century America in the New Historical Fiction”

Maria Holmgren Troy, Karlstad University, Sweden: “Images of Nineteenth-Century America in Recent American Vampire Narratives”

Susanne Hamscha, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany: “Re-Founding the Nation: Barack Obama, Declare Yourself, and the Reenactment of 1776”


Workshop 12

“Hell No, We Won’t Grow! Innocence and Responsibility in U.S. War Literature”
Cynthia Stretch, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, U.S.A., and Cristina Alsina Risquez, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Panel 1:

Laura López, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain: “‘No New World to mankind remains!’ The Ageing of the United States from Herman Melville’s Battle-Pieces to Clare

Gordon O. Taylor, University of Tulsa, OK, U.S.A.: “Trial on a Trail: Innocence and Responsibility in Tim O'Brien’s Vietnam

Stipe Grgas, Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Croatia: “The Geographies of Innocence in the American Experience of War”

Lena Günther, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany: “Innocents Abroad?  Generation Kill in the Three Block War”

Panel 2:

Nerys Williams, University College Dublin, Ireland: “‘Huge protests continue, protests without alone and against alone’:  Juliana Spahr’s Anti-War Poem This Connection of Everyone with Lungs

Walter W. Hölbling, Karl-Franzens -Universität, Graz, Austria: “What My Country Can Do To Me: U.S. Soldiers in Recent American Wars”

Cristina Gómez Fernández, Universidade da Coruña, Spain: “‘Where have all the soldiers gone?’  Ethical Responsibility and Ideological Indeterminacy in Contemporary Images of American Postmodern Wars”

Elisabeth Boulot, Université Paris Est, France: “‘Mourn the Dead. Heal the Wounded. End the War’: The Contribution of Women to Protests and Literature about the Iraq War”


Workshop 13

“Representational and Literary Futures: American Writing in the New Millennium”
Arthur Redding, York University, Toronto, Canada, and Tatiani Rapatzikou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Panel 1:

Cathy Marazi, Artistotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece: “The Joker as a Cinematic Metaphor: Visualizing Western Society’s Post-9/11 Ontological Context in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight

Maria Cristina Iuli, Universita del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli, Italy: “Playing Contemporary: Steve Tomasula's Experimental Fiction”

Philip Leonard, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom: “Open Networks, Distributed Identities: Cory Doctorow and the Literature of Free Culture”

Kathy-Ann Tan, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany: “Reorienting the Public Imagination: American Fiction in the New Millennium”

Panel 2:

Adam Kelly, University College Dublin, Ireland: “Revisiting the Radical Years in 21st-Century American Fiction”

Rodica Mihaila, University of Bucharest, Romania: “’Falling Man’ Tropes and the New Cycle of Vision in the Recent American Novel”

Philip Coleman, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland: “Dave Eggers and the Futures of American Writing”

Alexander Starre, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany: “’Little Heavy Papery Beautiful Things’: McSweeney’s and the Rejuvenation of the Print Medium in the U.S.A.”

Danuta Fjellestad, University of Uppsala, Sweden: “Staying Young or Staying Alive? The Pictorial Turn in American Literature”


Workshop 14

“’Oh, very young’: Music and Changing Youth in 20th-Century America”
Clare Hayes Brady, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Panel 1:

Urich Adelt, University of Wyoming, Laramie, U.S.A.: “’The First Black White Person’: Youth, ‘Race’ and Gender in Janis Joplin’s Music”

Jaap Kooijman, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands: “Easy as 1-2-3, Simple as Do-Re-Mi: The Young Michael Jackson, Black Power, and Motown’s Crossover Strategy”

Gerwin Gallob, University of California at Santa Cruz, U.S.A.: “’Back in the days when I was a teenager’: Hip Hop's Early Adulthood vs. the Black Archive"

Barry Shanahan, University College Dublin, Ireland: “‘Hope I get real before I get old’: Hip-hop as Representative Tool in Extra-musical Forms”

Panel 2

Olga Manulkina, St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia: “Bang on a Can: Making Music Young”

Katie Stewart, University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom: “‘A natural part of work, play, sleep, fun’: American Folk Songs for Children in the Twentieth Century”

Maria Johnston, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland: “‘Rock Steady in Me’: Paul Muldoon’s Poetry of Rock ‘n’ Roll”


Workshop 15

“Old Stories, Young Perspectives: Contemporary Chicano Voices”
Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo, University of the Basque Country, Álava, Spain, and Francisco Sánchez Ortiz, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Panel 1:

Imelda Martín Junquera, Universidad de León, Spain: “’Muchachas del sur’: Ecofeminism and the Murder of the Next Generations at the Border” 

Aishih Wehbe-Herrera, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom: “‘Sex and drugs, man. That’s what counts, vato’: Growing up Chicano/a in Ana Castillo’s The Guardians”

Saskia Hertlein, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany:  “’Old Stories, Young Perspectives’ in Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North

Josephine Metcalf, University of Manchester, United Kingdom: “’Today I Fight With Words’: Language, Literacy and the Quest for Education in Luis J. Rodriguez's Always Running: Gang Days in LA

Panel 2:

Ludmila Martanovschi, Ovidius University, Constanta, Romania: “The Emergence of a Young Chicana Perspective from/on Old Stories in Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo

Yolanda Melgar, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic: “Crossing Borders in Norma Elia Cantú’s Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera

Emma R. García, Colby College, Waterville, ME, U.S.A.: “The New Ugly: The Erasure of Chicana Identity in Primetime Television”

Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo, University of the Basque Country, Spain: “’We are young, we are free, we are what we want/are forced to be’: Chicanas, Gang Bangers and Pretty Girls


Workshop 16

“Queer Youths”
Roman Trušnik, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic, and Tomasz Basiuk, University of Warsaw, Poland

Marianne Kongerslev, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: “Queering the Family: Showtime’s Queer as Folk

Yuri Stulov, Minsk State Linguistics University, Belarus: “Remaining Forever Young: Randall Kenan on Spirits, Ghosts and Phobias”

Roman Trušník, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic: “Where Have All the Young Men Gone? Youth in the Fiction of Andrew Holleran”

Guillaume Marche, Université de  Paris XII – Val-de-Marne, France: “LGBT Youth, Sexuality and Empowerment: Challenges for Social Movement”


Workshop 17

“Positioning the New: Is Chinese American Literature Inside or Outside the Canon”
Elisabetta Marino, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, and Tanfer Emin Tunc, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Panel 1:

Lina Unali, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, “The Concept of Literary Canon and the Production of New Literature”

Meldan Tanrisal, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey: “The Works of Amy Tan: Can a Bestseller Enter The Canon?”

Teresa Botelho, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal: “Redefining the Dramatic Canon: Staging Identity Instability in the Work of David Henry Hwang and Chay Yew”

Heidi Kim, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, U.S.A.: “Illegal Warriors: Lin Yutang’s Transnationalism in Reshaping the Canon”

Panel 2:

Nelly Mok, Université de Bordeaux Michel de Montaigne, France: “Sabotaging the ‘Cultural Bridge’, Dropping the Hyphen: Eroticism and Sexuality as Escape Routes in Gish Jen’s Mona in the Promised Land (1996) and Chuang Hua’s Crossings (1968)”

Meadhbh Hand, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland: “In the Shadow of The Woman Warrior: Li-Young Lee’s The Winged Seed: A Remembrance

Michelle Young-Mee Rhee, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, U.S.A.: “Reading ‘Chinesey’ in Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone

Katarzyna Spiechlanin, Uniwersytet Jagielloński,  Kraków, Poland: “’My Mother Taught me to Believe in Karma and Destiny’: Magical Qualities in the Prose of Amy Tan”


Workshop 18

“Rhetorical Constructions of Youth from the American Revolution to the Civil War”
Andrew S. Gross, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and Marek Paryż, University of Warsaw, Poland

Panel 1

Alexandra Urakova, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia: “Why Old? Reading Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Man of the Crowd” against the Antebellum Rhetorical Constructions of Youth”

Andrew S. Gross, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany: “Youth and the Young Nation in Thomas Paine”

Stefan Brandt, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany: “‘…all the appearances of mere youth’: Performing the Young American Nation in Charles Brockden Brown’s Arthur Mervyn (1799–1800)”

Zoe Detsi-Diamanti, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece: “‘The young grasp the sword and for battle prepare’: Patriotic Revival and National Optimism in Mary Carr’s The Fair Americans (1815)”

Panel 2

Michal Peprník, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic: “‘Stationing’ the Young Model Americans in J. F. Cooper’s Writing”

Lawrence B. Goodheart, University of Connecticut, Storrs, U.S.A.: “An Antebellum Allegory: From Rise to Fall and Youth to Death”

Albena Bakratcheva, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria: “A Portrait of the Intellectual as a ‘Young Man of Fairest Promise’: Emerson’s ‘The American Scholar’”

Marek Paryż, University of Warsaw, Poland: “The Regional versus the National in Emerson’s ‘The Young American’”


Workshop 19

“From Bully Pulpit to Blackberry: Technological Change, Generational Change and Presidential Leadership”
Jon Roper, Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom, and Eric Sandeen, University of Wyoming, Laramie, U.S.A.

Jaap Verheul, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands: “Othering Europe: Presidential Anti-Europeanism and Cultural Post-Colonialism in the Early Republic”

Jutta Ernst, University of Vienna, Austria: “Washington Crossing the Media: American Presidential Rhetoric and Cultural Iconography”

Matthias Oppermann, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany, and Pia Wiegmink, Universität Siegen, Germany: “’Add Change as Friend?’: The Obama Campaign between Social Network and Political Narrative”

Carl Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: “Obama Everywhere: New Media and Identity Politics”


Workshop 20

“Young Adam and Old Eve”
Aagje Swinnen, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Heike Hartung, University of Potsdam, Germany

Camelia Elias, University of Roskilde, Denmark: “Eccentricity Galore”

Michele S. Ware, North Carolina Central University, Durham, U.S.A.: “Olive Kitteridge: Resisting the Arc of Growing Wisdom in the Short Story Sequence”

Helen Chupin, Paris Dauphine University, France: “Chronotopes of Ageing in Anne Tyler’s Ladder of Years


Workshop 21

“Images of the American Presidency Abroad”
Antonia Sagredo, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain

Antonio D. Juan Rubio, University of Murcia, Spain: “Spanish Interpretations of the American Presidency”

Irina Novikova, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia: “Images of the American Presidency in the Soviet and Russian Media (1950s–2000s)”

Mª Luz Arroyo Vázquez, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain: “Change and Action: Powerful Images of Obama, Kennedy and F. D. Roosevelt’s Persuasive Rhetoric”


Workshop 22

“The American Youth Culture Story in Fiction and Film”
John Dean, University of Versailles St Quentin, France, and Gigliola Nocera, University of Catania, Ragusa, Italy

Panel 1

Meg Moritz, University of Colorado, Boulder, U.S.A.: “Stories Ripped from the Headlines: Anomic Youth in American Cinema”

Paolo Simonetti, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza,” Italy: “Uncharted Landscapes of America’s Youth: Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita

Claire Fabre-Clark, Université de Paris XII – Créteil, France: “Youth and Death: The Improbable Couple in The Life Before Her Eyes by Laura Kasischke”

Stefan Brandt, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany: “’If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the movies’: Juvenile Rebellion and the Tactile Force of Images in Catcher in the Rye

Panel 2

Karen Weingarten, City University of New York, U.S.A.: “Abortion and Adolescence in Modern American Film and Literature”

Andrea Grunert, University of Trier, Germany: “Youth during Wartime: Todd Solondz’s Images of American Youth”

Julie Assouly, Université Toulouse II, France: “’You know, for kids!’ The Coen Brothers’ Childish Characters”

Alice Casarini, University of Bologna, Italy: “(Stead)fast Types at Ridgemont High: The All-American ‘Teen Film’”


Workshop 23

“Remediating the Beats: Visual, Auditory and Interarts Legacies”
Bent Sørensen, University of Aalborg, Denmark, and Erik Mortenson, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

Panel 1

Richard Ellis, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom: “The On the Road Scroll as a Visual Artifact”

Kevin McGuirk, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: “On the Road and ‘the Contradictory Logic of Remediation’”

Michael J. Prince, University of Agder, Norway: “Antony Balch and William S. Burroughs’ Towers Open Fire: Continuity, Cut-Up and Themes in Burroughs’ Later Fiction”

Jaap van der Bent, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands: “Through a Mirror Lightly: Jean Cocteau, Pull My Daisy, and the Beats”

Panel 2

Søren Hattesen Balle, University of Aalborg, Denmark: “Voice(-)Over(,) Sound Track and Silent Movie: Mediating Beat Authority in Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie’s Pull My Daisy (1959)”

Katherine Hoffman, St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH, U.S.A.: “Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac: The Significance of Interdisciplinary Collaboration in The Americans and Pull My Daisy

Pierre-Antoine Pellerin, Université de Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle, France: “Scripting the Male Body: Jack Kerouac as Young Rebel and Beatsploitation Cinema”

Corey Frost, City University of New York, U.S.A.: “’A Pulsating Story of Modern Youth’: How the Beats Became ‘The Beatniks’”


Workshop 24

“The New Generation at 50: Commemorations and Representations of President John F. Kennedy and the American 1960s”
John A. Kirk, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom, and Andreas Etges, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

James Deutsch, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, DC, U.S.A.: “Forever Young and Alive: The Post-Mortem Legends of John F. Kennedy”

Sylvia Ellis, Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom: “JFK and Ireland: Mixing Memory and Reality”

Melissa Fabros, University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A.: “Fugue for JFK: A. R. Ammons’s Tape for the Turn Year – Mourning, not Melancholia, in America”

Tanfer Emin Tunc, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey: “Turkey and the Kennedy Mystique: Idealized Icons, National Memory, and the (Re)birth of Camelot”

Mark White, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom: “Commemorating Camelot: Posthumous Representations of John F. Kennedy”


Workshop 25

EAAS Biennial Conference IAAS Workshop: “Young in Ireland, Old in America: Irish-American Communities of Thought”
Madeleine Lyes, University College Dublin, Ireland

Sarah Heinz, Universität Mannheim, Germany: “Relative Whiteness: Irish Identities in the US Census and in Contemporary American Literature”

Marisa Ronan, University College Dublin, Ireland: “Irish American Masculinity in Crisis: New World, Old Stories”

Brian Walker, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: “Identity Among the Irish Diaspora in Modern America: Irish Americans, Scotch Irish and Others”

Sinead Moynihan, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom: “Joining the Winners, Wallowing with the Losers: Irish-American Whiteness and Jay McInerney’s The Last of the Savages


Round Table

“Growing Pains: The Future of American Studies in Europe”
Ulla Kriebernegg, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria, Jelena Šesnic, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Silvia Schultermandl, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria


Liam Kennedy, University College Dublin, Ireland
Marietta Messmer, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Jelena Šesnic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ulla Kriebernegg, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria