Samantha Gowdy is a first year PhD student at Queen's University, Belfast. Her research focuses on the organisational roles of women in the Civil Rights Movement, with a focus on the administrative roles of women in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Review: IBAAS Joint Conference

If social media is anything to go by, ‘IBAAS’ the joint conference between the Irish and British Associations for American Studies was ushered in with much excitement. Twitter was inundated with #IBAAS16 updates of those making their way to Belfast. The typically erratic Northern Irish weather may have surprised some but it did little to dampen spirits. Over three days almost one hundred panels treated attendees to papers from an international cohort of academics, demonstrating the breadth and scope of American Studies. Despite, or perhaps because of, the variety of interests, the conference generated a significant amount of cross-panel discussion and thought. Continue reading