2012 Conference

The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia
3-6 July 2012

The University of Queensland’s Cultural History Project, in conjunction with the School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, and the Faculty of Arts, is pleased to be hosting the 2012 conference of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association. ANZASA will again bring together scholars from Australia and New Zealand with colleagues from around the world who specialise in American Studies. The program will include papers from a range of scholarly disciplines, and postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to attend.

Download the conference program here.

Keynote Speakers:

Ian Tyrrell is Scientia Professor of History at the University of New South
Wales, Sydney, Australia. Born in Brisbane, Queensland, he was educated at the
University of Queensland and Duke University, where he was a Fulbright
Scholar and James B. Duke Fellow. His teaching and research interests include
American history, environmental history, and historiography. He was a pioneer in the approach to transnational history as a research program for reconceptualizing United States history through his essay “American Exceptionalism in an Age of International History” in the American Historical Review in 1991; and in Woman’s World/Woman’s Empire: The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in International Perspective (University of North Carolina Press, 1991), which dealt with the issues of gender and empire in that leading nineteenth-century women’s international organization. Among his other books are two dealing with aspects of transnational history: True Gardens of the Gods: Californian-Australian Environmental Reform, 1860-1930 (University of
California Press, 1999) and Transnational Nation: United States History in Global Perspective since 1789 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Reforming the World: The Creation of America’s Moral Empire (Princeton, 2010), continues the transnational theme, and displays a longstanding interest in the interplay of moral humanitarianism and empire. He was (1991 to 1996) editor of the Australasian Journal of American Studies, and President of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association, 2002—06. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, he was awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal in 2003, and has been a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris; and Joyce Appleby (Visiting) Professor of United States History at the University of California, Los Angeles, Fall 2009; and served as the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History in the University of Oxford for 2010-11; and was appointed a Professorial Fellow of the Queen’s College, Oxford.

Karla FC Holloway is James B.Duke Professor of English at Duke University. She also holds appointments in the Law School, Women’s Studies and African & African American Studies. Her research and teaching interests focus on African American cultural studies, biocultural studies, gender, ethics and law. Professor Holloway serves on the boards of the Greenwall Foundation’s Advisory Board in Bioethics, the Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and the Princeton University Council on the Study of Women and Gender. She is an affiliated faculty with the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. She has served as Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair (and member) of Duke’s Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and as an elected member of the Academic Council and its Executive Council. She is founding co-director of the John Hope Franklin Center and the Franklin Humanities Institute. Professor Holloway is the author of eight books, including Passed On: African-American Mourning Stories (2002) and BookMarks–Reading in Black and White, A Memoir (2006) completed during a residency in Bellagio, Italy as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. BookMarks was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction. Professor Holloway spent Spring 2008 as Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard University’s DuBois Institute. The book she completed during that fellowship, Private Bodies/Public Texts: Race, Gender, & a Cultural Bioethics was published in 2011 by Duke U Press. Professor Holloway was recently elected to the Hastings Center Fellows Association–a selective group of leading researchers who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of bioethics. She currently serves as a member of Duke University’s Board of Trustee’s Committee on Honorary Degrees.

Paul Giles is Challis Chair of English Literature at the University of Sydney.
Among his published books are The Global Remapping of American Literature (2011), Transnationalism in Practice: Essays on American Studies, Literature and Religion (2010), Atlantic Republic: The American Tradition in English Literature (2006), Virtual Americas: Transnational Fictions and the Transatlantic Imaginary (2002), Transatlantic Insurrections: British Culture and the Formation of American Literature, 1730-1860 (2001), American Catholic Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics (1992), Hart Crane: The Contexts of The Bridge (1986). He has also served as Director of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University (2003-2008) and as President of the International American Studies Association (2005-2007).


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