Upcoming Conferences  


2018 EAAS Conference CfP


We encourage the EAAS Women's Network to submit paper and panel proposals to the 2018 EAAS Conference

If you do, please identify your panel as an EAAS WN panel on your
submission to the conference organizers, and to us once it is accepted
(as we did in Romania):


We will also be holding our usual Shop Talk as well as a breakfast
with the BAAS WN.

We'll be in touch!



the 32nd European Association for American Studies and 63rd British
Association for American Studies Conference

Please submit proposals, along with a brief CV and email address for
each participant, to ebaas2018@baas.ac.uk by the deadline of 1 October

4 – 7 April 2018
King’s College London, University College London, and the British Library

Proposals are welcomed on any subject in American Studies. The
overarching themes for the conference are ENVIRONMENT, PLACE and
PROTEST, and we particularly welcome submissions in these areas,
broadly defined. The conference will also be an opportunity to reflect
on the fiftieth anniversary of the turbulent events of 1968 and their
impact on the United States, and Europe.

Please note the following:

Given the size and scope of the conference, we will give preference to
fully formed panel proposals, but will also accept individual paper
proposals where possible.
All sessions at the conference will be a maximum of 1 hour 30 minutes.
Proposals for panels should therefore consist of no more than three
speakers, or, if more speakers are desired, should be conceived as
roundtable discussions.
All individual paper proposals should be for 20-minute presentations.
BAAS and EAAS are dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity and
inclusion. We strongly encourage and will give preference to panels
that reflect the diversity of our field in terms of gender, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, and institutional affiliation. All-male panel
proposals will not be accepted.
Equipment for the projection of PowerPoint presentations will be
available in all rooms.

Paper proposals should be 250 words maximum, including a title. Panel
proposals should include a 250-word abstract for each constituent
paper as well as an abstract of no more than 250 words describing the
panel session as a whole. Please submit proposals, along with a brief
CV and email address for each participant, to ebaas2018@baas.ac.uk by
the deadline of 1 October 2017.





CFP: Second Biennial EAAS Women’s Network Symposium


Transnational Feminism and/in American Studies


University of Lausanne

 Lausanne, Switzerland

March 31–April 1, 2017


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As Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan convey in their seminal text An Introduction to Women’s Studies: Gender in a Transnational World (2001/2005), “transnational feminist studies is not a luxury that is added to the end of a syllabus or that can be relegated to one week out of the semester or quarter” (xvii). A mode of thinking in American Studies scholarship for over a decade, transnationalism should be integrated into all contemporary feminist discourse—whether through academic writing, in the classroom setting, or within the realm of activism—so that important questions are asked, and answered, about “ethnocentrism, racism, and nationalist viewpoints as foundation[s] to gender identity and issues of sexuality” (xvii). Unlike certain threads of global feminism, which espouse a “world-wide alliance of women,” invariably lapsing into the same tropes of condescension, paternalism, and cultural imperialism found in preceding feminist movements, transnational feminism represents a paradigm shift away from orientalist and colonial discourses that prioritize “the West” and that marginalize the social, cultural and historical contexts with which women struggle elsewhere in the world. Thus, transnational feminism signals a movement towards examining how “western” countries, such as the United States, are, for better or worse, implicated in global issues that impact women’s lives and how these issues can be broached.


“It may now be time,” as Susan Koshy cautions us in her 2008 response to Ali Behdad in American Literary History (vol. 20.1-2), “to think carefully about whether feminism travels well across borders, not because distances are as great as they were in the past, but precisely because they are alleged to have shrunk.” According to Koshy, “Transnational feminism, at the best of times a precarious project that negotiates neoliberal universalism, cultural relativism, asymmetrical knowledge flows, the demand for authenticity, and its own commodification, may be short-circuited by its mediatization. These shifts invite us to reflect on the possibility or impossibility of transnational feminism in our time” (302–303). Such a reconceptualization or rethinking has become all the more urgent as women’s rights, access to health care, and social and political spaces are being placed in jeopardy with rising global conservatism. Examining the women’s movement (past, present, and future) in a transnational way underscores the necessity and continued importance of feminism and feminist concerns.  


The European Association for American Studies Women’s Network invites the submission of individual abstracts and panels which incorporate transdisciplinary explorations of transnational feminism(s) and welcomes submissions from any branch of American Studies. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:


     What has transnational feminism accomplished so far? What still needs to be done? What are its lessons and limits?

     Teaching transnational feminism in the US or in an American Studies program beyond US borders

     The politics of transnational feminism in European/American academia

     Transnational feminist narratives, literature and theory

     Is there a transnational feminist “canon” within American Studies?

     How do US-centric viewpoints exclude other types/definitions of feminism?

     How do we define American feminism(s) and understand its impact on other nations?

     The collaboration between American feminists and non-American feminists (i.e., feminists organizing across borders)

     Which functions do designations of "sister," "cyborg" (Donna Haraway), "nomadic subject" (Rosi Braidotti), "new mestiza" (Gloria Anzaldúa), and "drag" (Judith Butler) (still) have within gender discourse and queer-feminist thinking and knowledge production?

     Can/should American feminist organizational techniques—such as consciousness raising, collectives, manifestos, and grassroots activism—be applied transnationally?

     Can the subaltern still speak?

     American women of color (e.g., Chicana, Latina, Asian, African, Native American feminists) and transnational feminism

     Globalization, citizenship, immigration, and mobility

     Hybridity, diaspora, and (forced) displacement

     The role of men and masculinity studies in transnational feminism

     The language of transnational feminism

     Feminism as a transnational “F” word—the myths of feminism

     American feminist activism and transnational issues such as FGM, AIDS, sexual slavery, sex work/tourism, war/peace, violence, domestic abuse, natural disasters, sweatshop labor, economic exploitation, food production/distribution, consumerism, disability, women in art and popular culture, the beauty industry, the media, sports, critiques of capitalism, political oppression, human rights, NGOs, LGBT rights, reproductive rights, fetal sex selection, healthcare provision, education/literacy, and the anti-nuclear movement

     How do the concerns of transnational feminism intersect with environmental activism and environmental justice scholarship in American Studies research?

     American feminist activism in transnational organizations such as the UN and the WHO

     The Internet, social media outlets (Facebook/Twitter), and transnational feminist activism

     The historical and literary roots/routes of American transnational feminism

     Comparative approaches that include the United States


Proposals should be sent to the EAAS Women’s Network (eaaswomensnetwork@gmail.com) and should consist of a 300-400 word abstract in English, as well as a one-paragraph biography for each participant. The time allowance for all presentations is 20 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be provided for discussion.


Deadline for proposal submission: December 15, 2016.


Presenters will be invited to submit full-text articles (5,000-8,000 words) for possible inclusion in the inaugural issue of our e-journal, WiN: The EAAS Women’s Network Journal





CFP: First Biennial EAAS Women’s Network Symposium

The State of the Nation: American Women in the Twenty-First Century
Marie Curie-Skłodowska University
Lublin, Poland
Friday, March 27, 2015

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