2015 Conference

Monash University
Caulfield, Melbourne, Australia
June 30-July 3 2015

ANZASA is pleased to announce its 2015 conference will be held in Melbourne, the site of the organisation’s first meeting in 1964. As always, the conference will provide a forum for the widest possible discussion of American Studies. Historically, ANZASA’s meetings have been exciting forums in which scholars explore the culture, history, and literature of the United States from beyond its borders.

Download the conference program here.

Keynote Speakers:

Thomas Doherty, a cultural historian with a special interest in Hollywood cinema is a professor of American Studies at Brandeis University. He is an associate editor for the film magazine Cineaste and film review editor for the Journal of American History. His most recent book is Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939, published in 2013 by Columbia University Press.

David Goodman completed a BA (Hons.), Dip. Ed., and MA in History at the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in History at the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Sydney 1986-89 in American and Australian histories, and has taught at the University of Melbourne since 1990, first in Australian studies and then in American history. His 1994 book Gold Seeking – Victoria and California in the 1850s was published by Allen and Unwin and Stanford University Press; his 2011 book Radio’s Civic Ambition: American Broadcasting and Democracy in the 1930s was published by Oxford University Press, New York. His recent publications have been on the history of broadcasting in the United States; he is now completing a study of the local debate about American entry into World War 2.

Jennifer Nez Denetdale, the first-ever Diné/Navajo to earn a Ph.D. in history, is a strong advocate for Native peoples and strives to foster academic excellence in the next generation of students interested in Native Studies. Denetdale is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and teaches courses in Native American Studies. She specializes in Navajo history and culture; Native American women, gender, and feminisms; and Indigenous nations, colonialism, and decolonization. Her book, Reclaiming Diné History: The Legacies of Navajo Chief Manuelito and Juanita, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2007 and has received positive reviews. Her book for young adults, The Long Walk: The Forced Exile of the Navajo, was published by Chelsea House in 2007. Professor Denetdale’s most recent publication was an article, “Securing the Navajo National Boundaries: War, Patriotism, Tradition, and the Diné Marriage Act of 2005,” for a special issue on Native Feminisms in Wicazo Sa Review. She was the co-editor of this special issue. For the summer of 2010, she was guest curator for the exhibit, “Hastiin Ch’ilhajíní dóó Diné bi naat’áanii Bahane’: Chief Manuelito & Navajo Leaders,” at the Navajo Nation Museum. Her current research project is a history of Navajo women.

Matthew Pratt Guterl is a historian of race and nation, with a focus on United States history from the Civil War to the present. He has written four books. The first on race and the Progressive Era, the second on Southern slaveholders and the Caribbean, the third on the history of and cultural context for racial profiling, and the fourth on the life of Josephine Baker. He has also co-authored, with Caroline Levander, a book on the politics of the modern hotel. Right now, he is working on a global biography of the queer, cosmopolitan, human rights activist, Roger Casement, and a book on class-passing, cross-dressing, and race-passing. At Brown, he teaches small and large undergraduate classes on American political and popular culture, and graduate classes on race and culture. He earned my BA degree from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1993, and his PhD in History from Rutgers University in 1999. Before coming to Brown, he taught at Washington State University and Indiana University. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Museum of American History, Yale University, Rice University, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. In 2010, he was the winner of the Mary C. Turpie Prize, given by the American Studies Association, for distinguished teaching, service, and program development in that field.


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