CFP: Writing Back: Subverting Dominant Narratives in American Culture
An interdisciplinary conference at King’s College London, organised by the American Studies Research Group.
Discourses on the concept of collective cultural memory and histories are prevalent in modern society. They are a way of asserting group identity and also serve to exclude those who reject them. Counter memories can challenge this collective imagined history by giving voice to those previously excluded. Scholarship focusing on these collective counter memories and the way they subvert dominant cultural narratives should be considered in discussion of American culture.
As the home of American studies at King’s College London, the organisers aim to promote interdisciplinary scholarship, from literature to political science, and they believe that collective counter memories provide a good place from which to survey the field. Narratives on collecting and documenting these memories raise questions about the reality of remembered history and challenge assumptions that may previously have been accepted within the academy. Therefore the organisers welcome scholarship focused on non-canonical cultural productions/texts and radical processes/ideas.
The organisers invite proposals for twenty-minute presentations on a range of topics relating to collective counter memories. Topics can include, but are certainly not limited to:
The organisers welcome submissions from postgraduates, graduates and early-career researchers from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to literature, history, cultural studies, film studies, international relations, sociology, and political science. Group submissions for panels are more than welcome, and please do not feel limited to a traditional panel format – the organisers particularly welcome unconventional ideas and structures. The organisers aim to be as inclusive as possible and registration costs will reflect that, but please let them know if you have any funding questions and they will try our best to help out.