2006 Conference

‘Performers, Practitioners and Audiences in American Studies’
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and University of Tasmania
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
9-12 July 2006

Call For Papers:

Proposals that address the conference theme will be keenly welcomed. The concepts of Performers, Practitioners, Audiences and American Studies should be broadly construed. Proposals that address other themes in American Studies will also be welcomed.

Proposals should include an abstract of the paper (250-300 words), academic affiliation and contact details. Please indicate any technical support that may be required such as power point, a slide projector, etc.

Each presenter will be allotted a total of 30 minutes; it is anticipated that most papers will be delivered in approximately 20 minutes, with the remaining time left free for questions and discussion. Normally there will be three papers in an hour and a half session.

Proposals for conference panels will also be welcomed.

Beautiful Tasmania serves as the host for the 2006 Australian and New Zealand American Studies Conference which marks the 42nd year of ANZASA. Situated at the base of the Tamar River wine region, Launceston is the leading city in northern Tasmania. It possesses a wealth of heritage sites including ‘The Gorge’ reserve, a stunning river basin within minutes walk from the centre of this 200 year old city, the third oldest in Australia. For those who might wish to stay beyond the period of the conference, Launceston is a base from which short trips can be undertaken to many of Tasmania’s tourist destinations. Launceston’s July winter climate is temperate with high temperatures averaging around 12 or 13 Celsius.

Keynote Speakers:

Janet Staiger is the William P. Hobby Centennial Professor in Communication and Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Texas. She is the author of ten books, amongst which are Perverse Spectators: The Practice of Film Reception, Bad Women: Regulating Sexuality in Early American Cinema and the forthcoming, Media Reception Studies

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in American History. She is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. Her writings include A Midwife’s Tale and The Age of Homespun. She is completing a book-length essay called “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History”.

Greg Dening is Emeritus Professor of History at Melbourne University. He is noted for his work on the use of theatre and performance to write history. He is the author of many books, including Performances and Mr Bligh’s Bad Language: Passion, Power and Theatre on the Bounty. His latest book is Beach Crossing: Voyaging across Times, Cultures and Self, (Melbourne University Publishing and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)

Rhys Isaac is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in American History. He is Emeritus Professor of History at La Trobe University and is currently working at the College of William and Mary. He has written The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 and recently, Landon Carter’s Uneasy Kingdom: Revolution and Rebellion on A Virginia Plantation.

Donna Merwick is formerly Associate Professor of History at Melbourne University and is the author of Possessing Albany, 1630-1710 and Death of a Notary: Conquest and Change in Early New York. Her latest book is
The Shame and the Sorrow: Dutch American Encounters in New Netherlands, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005 , In Press.)

Conference Convener:

Tom Dunning


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